A tropical botanical garden located within UM, that's open to public. The garden has over 1,600 species of plants occupying over 80 hectares. It is populated mainly with indigenous plants species but include many from other continents.
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The garden has over 1,600 species of plants occupying over 80 hectares. It is populated mainly with indigenous plants species but include many from tropical Asia, the Pacific islands, Australia, South America, Africa and Madagascar.
Rimba Ilmu means "The Forest of Knowledge" in the Malay language. The garden, established in 1974, occupies an area of 80 hectares. It is partly buffered by old rubber plantings and the living collections, mostly from Malaysia, are one of the most important biological conservatories in Malaysia. There are also plant species from other parts of tropical Asia, the Pacific islands, Australia, South America, Africa and Madagascar.
Besides the garden, Rimba Ilmu has a permanent exhibition called Rain Forests and Our Environment, a conservatory named as Rare Plants and Orchid Conservatory as well as a herbarium. The exhibition provides a broad-scope bilingual introduction to the tropical rain forests, covering topics such as types of rain forests, biodiversity and species richness as well the values of forest conservation.
The Rare Plants and Orchid Conservatory, is a living collection kept in a plant house that emphasizes on understorey plants that are endemic, rare or their conservation status are threaten in its wild habitat. Over half of the collections here are wild orchids and the rest includes members from many other plant families such as palms, yams and gingers. This facility is however only accessible to the general public through organized tours or programmes.
Rimba Ilmu is situated in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The botanic garden is open on Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 4pm. The place is closed on weekends and Federal Territory holidays. Guided tours can be conducted upon request at any time of the week, including weekends subject to the availability of guides. For details, visit rimba.um.edu.my or email the coordinator, email@example.com.
Jogging track for parents too
Redherring “Redherring”2 weeks ago
A good place to go spend an afternoon learning about the faunas and animals of Malaysia. It’s like your Museum of Natural History except this is more about forest and animals.
Awesome that’s it’s located in KL thus perfect for tourist and locals with kids.
Kids would learn much from here on how to appreciate our nature and our forest.
POL190013 STUDENT2 months ago
I was delighted to have the opportunity to co-organise a Dialogue Program on Peace and Inclusivity at this venue with a great atmosphere that is perfect for all. The views of the surrounding trees and plants were breathtaking, absolutely perfect for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Taman Botani Rimba Ilmu is a must-visit for everyone!
Sharon Eve3 months ago
It's a good place to enjoy and appreciate nature. Besides, as a University Student, we can do a lot of research, and conserve that place. Willing to learn and experience new things 😍
shafierra armiella3 months ago
I am a nature lover, here is the best place ever to explore a lot of plants that I've never seen before! You can bring your kids too, its good for them to explore a lot about nature ! 5 stars!!!
syuhada sapno4 months ago
Although the hours is from 9am-4pm, the office is closed between 12-2pm. Closed on weekends. Need to always remember this garden is in a university.
Permission is needed to enter the garden as it is a botanic garden for research, education, and conservation purpose. Visitors need to register at the office to retrieve a pass before entering.
Highly recommended for researchers, students and those working in the ecology & biodiversity field. Not that great for recreation. Only a group guided tour of minimum 10 people is available for schools of all levels (primary-tertiary) and general public. Office is responsive to emails so best to contact them there.
The garden has been around for almost 50 years so many of the trees are very big. Meaning to be cautious of falling branches and tree fell. High risk when it rains or windy.
Overall, a great space to learn about the Malaysian rainforest in the city.
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