5 most beautiful gardens in Asia that Malaysians can visit

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Fields of blooming flowers, centuries-old trees and charming fountains. These are just a few reasons why you should include gardens in your travel itinerary.

But even if you’re not the biggest outdoor enthusiast, there are some gardens that are worth visiting because of their historical and cultural qualities. Historically, gardens were an expression of the power of the wealthy class – and this is reflected in the careful design and planning of the landscape.

Most people would assume that the most beautiful gardens in the world are found in European countries. However, there are also many remarkable gardens in Asia.

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Malaysia, for its part, is home to many breathtaking botanical gardens. Some examples include Penang Botanical Gardens, Perdana Botanical Garden and Labuan Botanical Gardens.

Once you’ve visited all of our local gardens, consider venturing further afield for more wonderful walks in the park.

Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)

Some featured attractions here include the Healing Garden, the Ethnobotanical Garden, and the National Orchid Garden.Founded in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Garden is the first and only tropical botanical garden on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located about 20 minutes from the city center, visitors will be transported to a green universe in the gardens.

Some featured attractions here include the Healing Garden, the Ethnobotanical Garden, and the National Orchid Garden. The place is open until midnight, which makes exploring places such as the Perfumed Garden an olfactory experience.

Royal Gardens of Independence (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Located along the west bank of the Siem Reap River, the full name of this place is the Royal Crusade for Independence Gardens. This name refers to the historical value that the place holds. This garden was where King Sihanouk and General Lon Nol planned Cambodian independence in the 1950s.

Nowadays, the garden is one of the few green spaces in Siem Reap. Known to locals simply as the Royal Gardens, the park features ornate lampposts as well as religious sculptures. Visitors will also have a panoramic view of the royal residence.

Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens (Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar)

Located in the alpine town of Pyin Oo Lwin, this park is interesting because it fuses man-made elements with natural beauty. The gardens consist of recreational botanical gardens and untouched forest land.

Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens are both recreational botanical gardens and untouched forest land.Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens are both recreational botanical gardens and untouched forest land.

Pagoda Island, Rainbow Fountain and Swamp Walkway are some of the interesting places to visit in Kandawgyi National Gardens. There is also a tower where visitors can climb for a striking aerial view of the place. The park is also home to endangered wildlife such as Eld’s deer, Burmese star tortoise and takin, sometimes called goat antelope.

Kenrokuen Garden (Kanazawa, Japan)

With its name literally meaning “Garden of Six Sublimities”, Kenrokuen is one of Japan’s most famous landscape gardens. The venue was once the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and was not opened to the public until 1871.

With his name literally meaning With its name literally meaning “Garden of Six Sublimities”, Kenrokuen is one of Japan’s most famous landscape gardens. Photos: Wikimedia Commons

An iconic monument here is the Kotojitoro Lantern. The 2m tall lantern is unique because it was built with two legs instead of one. A walk will reveal a variety of flowering trees, teahouses, viewpoints, bridges and hidden nooks. Look for the Meiji Monument, a large bronze statue of a legendary prince.

Yuyuan Garden (Shanghai, China)

This exquisite garden (pictured above) is believed to have been built during the Ming Dynasty. It was once a private oasis owned by a government official who commissioned the garden for his elderly parents. It is a touching gesture of filial piety that makes the walk in the garden a sentimental experience.

The garden is now one of the must-see sites in Huangpu District. It helps that other tourist attractions – such as Yuyuan Bazaar and Nine Bend Bridge – are nearby. In the garden itself, look for the many elements that make up a classical Chinese garden. These include pavilions, halls, rockeries, pools and cloisters.

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