Established in 1880 and spread over 160 acres, the Taiping Lake Gardens was the first public garden in Malaya (now Malaysia), and cherished for its beauty. The land its located on, originally a mining ground was donated by Chung Thye Phin, a wealthy tin miner and rubber planter in his time. The idea of a public garden was mooted by Colonel Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker and developed by Charles Compton Reade, together with Lady Swettenham.
The landscaping among the rolling grounds, the lakes, the distant mountain range and the old and monstrous raintrees along the roads by the lakeside is still amazingly beautiful to the present day. (credit goes to its caretakers for doing a good job maintaining it). The scenery from the Lake Gardens Road towards the lake and the distant mountain range in the background is just mesmerizing in the early mornings and evenings.
Through the years, it has undergone several makeover and restoration works; which some quarters have criticized as ruining the original design and look of the gardens. Anyhow, the fundamental natural beauty of the gardens is very much preserved, its magic awaits to enchant its next visitor.
We were 🙂 and will certainly be back for more.
All images Fuji X-E1/X-E2 with XF 18-55mm & XF 23mm