One thing I love about Kuala Lumpur — which I can’t seem to stop talking about — is the abundance of green spots all over the city. Of all these green spots, KLCC Park remains my favourite partly because of its location (right smack in the middle of the city centre!), mostly because of its jogging track which is made of rubber chips that absorb the impact of your walk/run/jog. Plus there’s the small matter of having it right under the shadow of the world’s most famous twin towers ;)
The jogging track is 1.3 kilometres long and is marked every 100 metres. You might want to take note of the location of the two public toilets in the park, which I’ve marked in the map below. (Click to see a slightly bigger view.)
As you can see from the map, there is a huge children’s playground in KLCC Park, as well as a children’s wading pool. Both facilities are open to the public free-of-charge. The wading pool opens at 10 am and can get quite crowded.
This is one of the numerous water fountains that can be found in several points beside the jogging track.
There are trees all around to provide shade. And if going round and round the jogging track starts to get a little too boring, you can always jog up and down the hilly portion of the park within the jogging track’s perimeter.
Notice the lady jogging with a scarf on? Expect to see all sorts of people at KLCC Park — from expats in short shorts and fluorescent spandex; to Indian ladies in kurta, salwar khameez and sport shoes; to old men with canes; to couples with babies in strollers and/or children in tow; to seasoned runners whom you can identify from their steady, unbroken pace around the track and their well-defined calf muscles.
If you are a shutterbug, watch out for Photo Spots such as this one, which shows a great spot for taking photos.
The results will vary, depending on your camera but, more or less, the Photo Spots are quite spot-on with the angle and location.
If you’re anything like me, who gets excited over stuff like the Petronas Twin Towers’ reflection in Symphony Lake, it’s so easy to get side-tracked as you run/jog/walk — there are just too many photo opportunities along the way!
This is the bridge right next to Photo Spot 2, where lots of runners (and the occasional early-riser tourist) stop to have their photos taken. Can you spot KL Tower in the picture?
Mandarin Oriental KL Hotel then comes into view right after you pass by Petronas Twin Towers.
KL Tower becomes more visible as you round the corner and approach the KL Convention Centre. It does look a bit weird because the KL Tower looks dwarfed by other buildings from this angle.
As you turn the corner and jog past KL Convention Centre — where AquaRia is located — you can see Traders Hotel right behind it.
KLCC Park is open daily, from 7am to 10pm. I suggest you go early so as to beat the crowd and, if you are a puteri lilin like me, to avoid the heat. [NB: 'Puteri lilin' is the Malay term for someone who dislikes the heat of the sun. Literal translation: 'candle princess'!]
Parking fees are RM2.50 for the first hour, RM1.00 for the subsequent hour. Payment is by cash only. Alternatively, you can take the LRT and get off at KLCC station.
See you soon as KLCC Park’s jogging track!
*All pics taken with my HTC Desire’s camera.