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Taiping Lake Gardens

“I know of no more lovely sight in this country than the Taiping Gardens (Taiping Lake Gardens) when the rays of the early morning sun are shining obliquely through their clumps of bamboo, palms and isolated trees scattered on islands among the expanse of water. One receives in that glorious half hour an experience of light in foliage that is quite unobtainable in England”. A Journal in the Federal Capital, – by George L. Peet who had visited Taiping in 1933.

Taiping is the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. With Average rainfall of about 4,000 mm per year, whereas the average rainfall for the whole peninsula is 2,000 mm ~ 2,500 mm. Its unusual rainfall has also blessed Taiping Lake Gardens with a fertile and splendid collection of flora and century-old rain-trees.

Taiping Lake Gardens National Heritage Gazetted Read more…

Gallery – Taiping Lake Gardens

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Taiping Lake Gardens and Bukit Larut Location. Click for interactive maps.

Hujan-hujan (Rain-tree)

Dead Rain-tree in Taiping Lake Gardens

Taiping Lake Garden’s century-old Samanea saman tree officially ‘dead’

By Zahratulhayat Mat Arif – NST October 1, 2021

A 136-year-old Samanea saman tree, fondly known as Hujan-hujan, at the Taiping Lake Garden here was yesterday declared officially “dead” due to weak structural and anchor roots.

Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) in a statement said the tree near Taman Tasik Taiping jetty had earlier collapsed on Jan 20, 2018 due to heavy rain.

“The 136-year-old tree fell on the road due to a failed root system involving its structural and anchor roots.

“The main root which strengthens and holds the stand of the tree was rotten. The main root which was about 1.5 metres from the root collar had rotted with an estimated cavity of about eight inches in diameter.

“This tree has long been strengthened by these large roots that grow towards the parking lot, while most of the main branches and stems grow inclined towards the road and the lake,” the council said in a statement.

The council said the Heritage Tree Inspection and Evaluation Report at Taiping Lake Garden released by the Certified Arborist in 2019 stated that the strength of the surviving branches would decline and die in a few months or a year and needs to be monitored immediately.

“We installed propping and treated the tree as suggested by the arborist.

“We had planted three rain trees as a measure to replace dead trees in 2019 which was completed by former MPT president Borhan Abdul Halim,” the statement said.

To date, the council has officially tagged 113 rain trees at the park and also maintains over 1,300 other types of trees with help from arborists and experts from the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).

Previously used as a mining ground, Taiping Lake Gardens is the first public garden established during the British rule in the country in 1880 and is fully administered by the council.

Taiping Zoo and Night Safari

The country’s first zoo, Taiping Zoo, located within Taiping Lake Gardens compound. Taiping Zoo houses local and exotic wildlife species in excellent surroundings. Read more…

Bukit Larut

Bukit Larut formerly known as Maxwell Hill is the oldest Hill Resort in Malaysia. It was founded approximately 120 years ago and named after George Maxwell, a British Resident of Perak…

Currently, Land Rover service is the only transport service provided by the State Government of Perak. There are 72 hair-pin bends, once every two minutes along the road. The journey takes about 30 minutes to reach the top station at 1,036 metres above sea level at the distance of 10 km.  Read more…