Jogging @ Bukit Jalil Recreational Park, Kuala Lumpur

In a city of asphalt, concrete and steel, it’s always nice to have a green respite.

Lucky for us in the Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, we have a number of nice parks to exercise in – like the Bukit Jalil Recreational Park. Located some 20km from the city centre, the 80-hectare park is nicely landscaped, with jogging paths, equipment for exercising, picnic spots and ponds filled with catfish amidst lush greenery. If you’re lucky, you might even run into the small local wildlife, such as monkeys, cranes and monitor lizards!

The Boy and I had been eating like pigs since he arrived in Malaysia, so I thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk at the park one weekend. It was a long holiday so the place was less crowded. The park is huge so there are three different entrances – we parked at the one near the Cavalry Church and Convention Centre.

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There hasn’t been anything new added, although the facilities are still pretty well maintained. Note to first timers – the park is huge and will give you a good work out! Just going up and down the slopes to explore different sections is better than any treadmill lol.

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Pond with some cranes chillin’. The pond is also stocked with catfish, which you can feed with scraps of bread and watch them swarm in a slippery mass ew

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Not to be missed is the Wonders Of The World section, which features mini structures built to look like different parts of the world, such as Holland, UK, Thailand, Iran, China and Japan, to name a few.

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By mid-morning the weather was getting warm so we started our walk back to the car.

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Nice shady avenue of trees. On busier weekends, you can see people playing badminton or practicing sports here.

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Saw some macaques on the bridge while on our way out. Visitors were feeding them, but I wouldn’t recommend this because monkeys are known to be aggressive when they get used to it (Batu Caves is a good example). Also this huge monitor lizard that I almost missed because it was camouflaging well against the dried leaves and branches.

It’s nice that we have such parks to visit and work out in, and it’s free to boot. I should probably come more often 😛

BUKIT JALIL RECREATION PARK 

Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open during daylight hours: 7am-8pm

BONUS

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Regained all the calories we burnt by stuffing our faces at the nearby New Chapter by Owl’s Cafe (previous review here). 😀

 

 

Bukit Jalil Recreation Park, Kuala Lumpur

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates lately – I’ve been busy with real life. Blogging is like a drug to me, so I was legit getting withdrawal symptoms, thinking of all the posts waiting to be written lol.

But I digress.

So last weekend, in a fit of gungho-ness, C and I woke up early and got our asses to the Bukit Jalil Recreation Park for a morning jog. I haven’t been back here for a long time – I think since my college days – but was pleasantly surprised to find that the place is still popular with the local crowd. Guess Malaysians aren’t that lazy after all, even if we are the fattest in Southeast Asia. 😛

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Headsup:  the park is huge with slope-y terrain, so you’ll definitely get a good workout. It is also divided into several sections and has gym equipment, although not all these are well-maintained. There are loads of shady trees and the pathways are paved, but the ‘lake’, with its pool of stagnant water, needs to be cleaned.

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Even if you’re not jogging, still a nice place for a stroll.

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C doing the pushups. Power woo.

PS I never used to be able to do pushups from the floor. Now I can. Like, five. #stillachievement #sowow

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Back then, one of my favourite sections in the park is the ‘Wonders of the World’, which has small enclaves made to look like structures from different parts of the world. Stuff isn’t as well-kept now but it’s still a nice place to take photos in between your jogging session.

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Greece/Rome or some European-inspired place.

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Mini Holland, complete with wooden windmill.

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The Japanese garden with bamboo plants.

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Chinese garden, with a wall made to look like the traditional types you find in periodical dramas, a gazebo with pointy roof edges. They also have a couple of Fu-dog statues in there.

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A garden in ‘Iran’. The tiles are pretty but need a good scrubbing, and the pool seriously needs to be cleaned coz the water in it was black ._.

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The section for Thailand has a golden gazebo with a pointy roof.

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Last but not least, the ‘Peru’ garden, made to look like an ancient temple structure. I distinctly remember this because as a child, when the park was first opened, my brother and I liked to climb up to the very top and pretend we were explorers. ha !

All in all, Bukit Jalil Recreation Park is a nice place for families and those looking for a good safe spot to jog, since there are many joggers around (but not to the point that it gets crowded). Parking can be quite difficult if you come late though so come early to get the best spot.

BUKIT JALIL RECREATION PARK 

Jalan 13/155c, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open during daylight hours: 7am-8pm

River and Water Conservation @ Lembah Kiara, TTDI Kuala Lumpur

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8AM: a clear, beautiful Saturday morning at the Lembah Kiara Recreational Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL. It was my first time here and the park looked impressive. There were many joggers and families doing their morning exercises, or people strolling under the shady trees and admiring the big pond near the entrance.

Some construction stuff going on, but otherwise the park was nice and green. Groups of older people were doing taichi while some meditation music blasted in the background. Some families were also picnicking with mats on the grass.

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I was here to cover a CSR programme to educate primary and secondary school kids on river and water conservation. They do it once every two months and this time around it was with a group of Fifth Formers.

I think schoolkids these days are lucky because they get to join all these ‘holistic’ programmes. Back in my day (that makes me sound really old but yeah) ‘learning’ was mostly through text books because of our theory and exam-based Asian-style education.

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Part of Sungai Penchala flows through the park. The teens and their facilitators waded into the river and collected samples for testing. They also learnt about the river flora and fauna by catching river shrimps, dragonflies and other microorganisms.

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Good thing it was shady.

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The river was quite clean. You could see the base and there were tiny fish and spiders swimming about.

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The children were from an ‘eco-school’ – meaning that they adopted many green practices in their school projects. Their teacher said that they had recycled cooking oil projects which they sold to companies to be made into biodiesel. They also create compost from coffee beans collected from cafes, and make their own products such as candles to sell or as gifts at school functions.

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The samples were tested for things like dissolved oxygen content, phosphate and nitrate content, pH levels, etc to determine how ‘healthy’ the river was.

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A river shrimp.

The whole programme was pretty educational, and I suppose its more fun to wade about in rivers than just read about it in Science class. Even I learnt some stuff – like what sort of insects and organisms you’ll find in a very clean river (like stone flies) or a dirty river (maggots and the like).

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Someone meditating at the closed off waterfall feature.

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The park was huge. It took me a good 15 mins to walk from the entrance to the area where they were conducting the programme. And this was just a small part of the park.

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Lembah Kiara park is a good place to exercise at if you live in the neighbourhood. But if (ever) I can drag myself out of the bed on weekends, I don’t think a 40min drive there is worth it, especially with the crazy traffic.

Lembah Kiara Park @ Jalan Haji Openg

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

***I don’t think there are many buses servicing the route coz it’s like smack in the middle of housing and not within the city center. Best to take a Uber ?

*U82 from Bandar Utama is the closest but you’ll still have to walk about 650ms down the road.