KLCC Park and Playground
A little known recreational facility
Most people would associate KLCC with the Petronas Twin Towers and the Suria Shopping Centre. When they converted the old race course into a modern complex for shopping, conventions, hotels and office buildings the architects have retained a green belt which is now a playground and park for people to go and relax or exercise.
This is for everyone to enjoy and there's no entrance charge.
Wading Pool Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Park & Playground Opening Hours: 7 am to 9.30 pm
If you are coming from the shopping centre the park and playground is located behind the water fountain. It has a well planned jogging track that goes around the park. People start to gather there early in the morning to jog or brisk walk. The park is usually crowded during holidays and weekends.
Some 'Tai Chi' groups can be seen going through their routine of exercising inner strength using 'slow motion' movements handed down by ancient Chinese masters.
The best time to visit the park and playground is either early in the morning or after 5 pm when the sun is less strong. Of course, I am speaking as an Asian who is not particularly fond of the sun. The children would love it after a 'boring' day of shopping. You can laze around on the grassy slopes watching the children play and catch the sunset.
The playground is a thoughtfully laid out maze of swings, climbers, rope ladders, tunnels and all the kid's stuff which will keep the children enthralled for hours chasing one another or hiding from one another.
There's also a shallow wading pool children to play in. The water's no more than 18 inches at the deepest and it's a great way to cool off on a hot day. Come prepared with bathers and a towel for the kids to dry off. No matter how you make them promise not to get wet, children being who they are, will more often than not get themselves wet and probably in the process get you wet as well. So be warned!
KLCC Park and Playground is about a 10 minute drive from Sarang Galloway depending on traffic conditions. You can either park underground inside the shopping centre or next to the park. Alternatively you can take the monorail from the Hang Tuah Monorail Station (5 min walk from Sarang Galloway) and get off at the Jalan Ampang Station just in front of Concorde Hotel (Hard Rock Cafe) and walk 10 minutes along Jalan Ampang (one of the longest roads in Kuala Lumpur / Selangor) to KLCC. You will find the walk interesting as you would pass the Renaissance Hotel, New World Hotel, Malaysian Tourism Information Centre (MATIC), Lai Meng Chinese School, ZOUK discotheque complex and the Australian High Commission on Jln Yap Kwan Seng.
Avoid taking a taxi from the vicinity of KLCC. It's not worth the hassle as most of the taxis do not want to use their meters and even if they do most of the meters are not properly calibrated. Don't haggle with the drivers as they are extremely difficult to handle. Flag down a taxi only if you know the estimated fare to wherever you are going to. If unsure you can always ask the locals for their estimate of what the fare should be. Here's a guide to the fares you would expect to pay:- KLCC to Bukit Bintang - RM 4 -5 KLCC to Central Market - RM 6 -8 The prices quoted are estimates only and the fare should depend on where you get off and traffic conditions.