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Strolling in Taiping Lake Gardens, Malaysia

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Taman Tasik Taiping

Travellers who travel to Taiping will know what is Taiping Lake Gardens (or Taman Tasik Taiping in Malay), for this is one of the primary reasons to be in Taiping.

The area that Taiping Lake Gardens — and Zoo Taiping & Night Safari — occupies today used to be a tin mining ground. The abandoned ground was donated to become a recreation park during the British rule in 1884. Rain trees, plants and grasses were planted to beautify the park and became the first public garden in Malaya. Yes, Taiping Lake Gardens has been around for over 130 years.

Enjoy the photos of the beautiful scenery and the reflections in the lakes. These photos were taken just after noon time when the sun was high and bright — and scorching-hot too. But photos taken during this time are the brightest and most vivid.

Taiping Lake Gardens
Taiping Lake Gardens
Taiping Lake Gardens

You can visit the garden in the morning when it is not too hot but the sun will be right in front of you (that's towards the east if you are going from town). Or go after 3pm but do check the weather forecast for late afternoon showers. Being the wettest town in Malaysia, it rains almost everyday or otherwise have low-hanging dark clouds.

Rain trees are a sight to behold in the garden. The photo below shows an old tree with a large branch reaching out to the lake.

Tree branch

Yellow flowers (specie unknown) on a tree. This is not the flowers of the angsana trees although they spot yellow flowers too.

Yellow Flower

The Zig