Built on an abandoned tin mine, the Taiping Lake Gardens opened in 1880 during the British rule, earning them a place in history as the first public garden in then-Malaya.
Spread over 64 hectares (160 acres), the gardens consist of 10 scenic lakes and ponds. In George L. Peet’s A Journal in the Federal Capital, when he visited Taiping in 1933, he said, “I know of no more lovely sight in this country than the Taiping 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.”
The perimeter of the gardens are lined with giant rain trees that are over 120 years old.