The 817 acres Malaysia Agriculture Park (Taman Pertanian Malaysia) developed in 1986 is the first agro-forest park of its kind in the world. Located in the Shah Alam city centre, this open for public park is the premier research centre for agriculture, fishery and also farming in Malaysia. The Malaysia Agriculture Park offers various attractions for visitors apart from the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.
Last week I get to bring my family to visit the park in section 8, Shah Alam. You won't find too many signboards to the park but if you come from Federal highway you can take the Padang Jawa exit, turn right and go straight until you find the park entrance.
Parking is free but entrance is 3.00 ringgit for adults and 1.00 ringgit for children and senior citizens. Also you'll have to pay another 3.00 ringgit to enter the Four Season Temperate House.
Since the park is huge, a free bus service is provided for the visitors to the park (unless of course you're planning to run in a marathon or iron man sport and walk everywhere). The bus runs at regular 10 minutes interval and it will take your through the length of the park and also drops you off at the Four Season Temperate House.
Cycling is another way to traverse the park. I'm not sure whether the bicycles is provided for rental or you'll have to bring your own.
Having been living in Malaysia all my life, there's nothing much in here for me to see that I haven't seen yet. I mean all the trees and plants looked pretty much the same to me and I've been to several real forest before around the country.
That said, tourists, especially foreigners will find the Malaysia Agriculture Park a really interesting place to visit. Here they can visit a jungle right in the middle of the city. No need to visit Taman Negara anymore.
The Four Season Temperate House is a popular attraction here especially for the locals whose never been outside the country. Here you can experience summer, autumn, winter and spring in this little indoor building with specially regulated environment.
Too bad it was already spring when we visited the place last week so we didn't get the chance to feel and play with snow and stuff.
Still the place is beautiful nevertheless with all the pretty flowers in full bloom and everything.
Although the building is not that big, you can still find plenty of room to enjoy the scenery and pose for pictures. I'm sure the place would be packed with people during winter.
I found quite a number a pretty little flowers that I managed to capture here.
So spring felt quite chilly to me. I think the temperature is around 17º Celsius or so, that's not much different from my office. I bet if we add a couple dozen more air-conditioners there, my office can also become Four Season Temperate House one!
The last time I visited this place was 20 years ago when I was still little. Surprisingly I don't think the place changed much since then. Malaysia Agriculture Park is a good place to visit for nature lovers and also serious photographers. Unlike the National Zoo, you don't have to walk everywhere and just take the bus. Plus the fees are much cheaper too. Of course you won't find that many animals here save for a few monkeys and birds. Make sure to come on weekdays cause they're be less crowd (duh!).