The Taman Tugu Project is a multi-component not-for-profit corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) initiative led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad in collaboration with various public sector agencies, private sector companies, and civil society organizations through a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership. Partners include Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (“DBKL”), Ministry of Federal Territories, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Economic Planning Unit (“EPU”), Public Private Partnership Unit (“UKAS”), Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”) and other private organisations.

On an overall basis, up to RM650 million has been set aside for the project covering the following four (4) components:

1Up to RM190 million for the conservation and activation of an urban forest park

2Up to RM175 million to connect the surrounding area with pedestrian-friendly walkways

3Up to RM185 million to develop a public learning and innovation centre which will be known as Khazanah ILMU

4RM100 million for the establishment of a national public trust to own and manage the 66-acre urban forest park including operations, maintenance, partnerships, and community development up to 2030

Taman Tugu Park

The 66-acre urban forest park will offer a fresh public green space for the community to use, to enjoy, to experience, to own.

The park is envisaged to be a conservatory – preserving and protecting approximately 5,000 ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees, including endemic species.

Located next to Tugu Negara, the Taman Tugu park comprises walking and running trails, wet and dry play areas for kids, Malaysian eateries, an events space and a learning and innovation centre.

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The Connectors

As part of a broader initiative to stitch the urban fabric of the city, the project includes development of connectors for pedestrians, cyclists and buggies.

These connectors seek to fix the “last-mile-connection” gap between the Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station, National Muzium, Perdana Botanical Gardens, various cultural and historical sites along the Gardens, National Monument (Tugu Negara), the Taman Tugu park and the River-of-Life stretch in central Kuala Lumpur.

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Khazanah Ilmu

This publicly accessible space located within the site of the Taman Tugu park is envisaged to cultivate the spirit of Innovation, Learning, Mentoring and Unity within our community.

It will consist of a rainforest education centre, an art gallery, a library with study areas, work areas including maker spaces and purpose built areas for knowledge events such as talks, lectures and dialogues.

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National Public Trust

The trust which has been named Amanah Warisan Negara (“AWAN”), will initially focus on the Taman Tugu park site – to own it and protect it into perpetuity as a public green space.

AWAN will also oversee the professional management and upkeep of the Taman Tugu park.

The longer term objective of AWAN is to potentially undertake more projects that involve the rejuvenation, rehabilitation and operations of selected public spaces.

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Why the Taman Tugu Project?

Reducing our carbon footprint

Conserving a 66-acre secondary forest; Preserving >800 trees on site; Adding >4,000 new rainforest trees; all in the heart of the city.

Adding to public social-recreational spaces

A new outdoor attraction; free-to-use recreational facilities including > 5km of running and walking trails, children play areas, F&B and events spaces.

Making our city more pedestrian-friendly

Better accessibility across various historical, cultural and recreational sites circa KL Sentral, Taman Botani Perdana and Tugu Negara.

Contributing to continuous learning

A public library, art gallery and program spaces; free-to-attend programs for various age and interest groups; a volunteering platform to teach.

Appreciating our rainforests better

A rainforest education centre within a secondary forest in the city with periodically updated displays, exhibitions and talks.

Encouraging local start-ups

Co-working and maker-spaces along with mentoring programmes provide a platform for start-ups to start out.

Improving places of worship for the community

Enhanced Surau Jumaat and Hindu Temple to replace existing ones which were built decades ago.

Generating up to RM400m per annum for the local economy

This is assuming 10% of tourists to KL stays an extra ½-a-day; this means that the project will pay for itself in less than 2-years.

Taman Tugu Project Timeline


Conceptualisation and approvals

Project launch

Public engagement and rakyat touch points


Identification of nurseries and preparation of trees at nurseries

Construction of structures on park site

Landscaping and forest regeneration on Taman Tugu park site

Surau-Jumaat Community Area, Hiking Trails, Hindu Temple and Park Maintenance Office

Camping Site, Observatory Deck, Cafe and Retail

Elevated Jungle Walk, Lake, Wetlands and Water Play Area, Parking, F&B and Events Space


Detailed feasibility studies and identification of exact connector routes and landing points

Construction of connectors

Completion of all connectors sans KL Sentral Pedestrian Deck

Completion of KL Sentral Pedestrian Deck

Khazanah ILMU

Detailed feasibility studies, architectural design and space planning

Construction of Khazanah ILMU

Landscaping and forest regeneration on Khazanah ILMU site

Completion of Khazanah ILMU

National Public Trust

Drafting of Trust Deed

Appointment of Trustees and submission of Trust Deed

Complete transfer of 66-acre Taman Tugu land into Trust