TAIPING LAKE GARDENS
Ben van Wijnen
The Lake Gardens of Taiping were originally a mining ground, before it was established as a public garden in 1880. The idea of a public garden was the brainchild of Colonel Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker.
The garden was developed by Charles Compton Reade, who was also responsible for planning the Kuala Lumpur garden town.
The abandoned tin mine ground was donated by by wealthy tin miner and rubber planter Chung Thye Phin as a recreation park for public use. In 1884 the gardens were planted with grasses, flowers and trees; a part of the gardens was fenced, to keep bulls out.
Magnificent rain trees, many over 100 years old, line the lake along Jalan Pekeling, with giant branches extending over the water and providing shade and a peaceful ambience for walkers.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the Gardens is that they are not surrounded by walls or fences but instead blend seamlessly with the town of Taiping and merge into adjacent attractions such as Taiping Zoo. Many Taiping residents come to the Lake Gardens every morning, when the weather is coolest, for their daily aerobic exercises, walking or jogging. Again in the late afternoon is a popular time to visit.
There are ten scenic lakes and ponds, a Lotus Pool, charming bridges, tracks for jogging and reflexology, all surrounded by tropical plants, flowers, trees and wildlife. The road along Lake Gardens are shaded by rows of the angsena tree (rain tree), which at irregular intervals bursts forth into a riot of blossoms, even more yellow than those of the laburnum. These it rains down in golden snow upon the streets, providing a carpet fit for a Sultan, for yellow is the royal colour in the East. With its golden snow, the angsena spreads abroad an almost overpowering scent, even more sweet than the smell of the pinang blossom.
There are few private and government houses located near the gardens; among them are the Old Residency (home of the Secretary to the Resident), the Raja’s House at the junction of Birch Road and Residency Road and the army officers' residences on Batu Tugoh Road. The gardens were so striking that they attracted many travelers to write of their beauty. The nearby Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) also makes an ideal place for jungle trekking and camping. With the hills of Bukit Larut in the background there are few places in Malaysia which can match the splendour of the Lake Gardens.
Conveniently located in Taiping on the Lake Gardens, Flemington Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From this hotel, guests can enjoy all that the lively city has to offer. For those wanting to venture out, the attractions of Taiping Lake Gardens, Bukit Larut, Mangrove Forests, Fireflies, or the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary are a short distance away. At Flemington Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities guarantee a unforgettable stay. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel has restaurants, elevator, rooftop pool bar, bar, in-room Wi-Fi and public areas.
All accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to provide an unparalleled feeling of comfort. to ensure. The hotel offers many unique leisure options such as the Lake Gardens (50 meters), pool (for kids), pool (outside), both on the roof. Whatever your purpose of visit, Flemington Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Taiping.
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