Review of the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden Malaysia

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black green butterfly eating in the Butterfly Park Kuala Lumpur

Wondering if the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden is worth a visit? Here’s a review based on our trip to the KL Butterfly Park.

Located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden is housed in a nice green setting for a delightful escape from the urban buzz. Get ready to be surrounded by wonderful colors as these butterflies flutter around you. Join us on this adventure as we explore the world of butterflies, their life cycles, and the peaceful haven they call home. From rare species to stunning displays of nature’s artistry, the KL Butterfly Garden offers a nice experience for nature lovers and curious minds. 

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden

Introduction to the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden

Step into the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden, the largest butterfly garden in the world, an 80,000 sq ft haven where you can encounter a captivating array of 5,000 butterflies from 120 different species in a natural habitat. Despite its modest size, this butterfly garden offers a serene respite from the bustling city life.

As you stroll leisurely, you’ll be treated to the lovely sight of butterflies freely fluttering within the netted enclosure, showcasing a kaleidoscope of colors, including vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and blues. Witness these creatures as they gracefully interact with flowers, and ferns, and even indulge in fruit platters topped off with vibrant red hibiscus to attract them. 

Butterfly feeding at the KL Butterfly Garden

The garden also features serene ponds, fountains, and butterfly lookout points. Additionally, you’ll find a collection of aquariums, terrariums, and a small museum showcasing an impressive array of butterfly and insect specimens and a souvenir shop. 

Since its establishment in 1988, the garden also plays a crucial role in the protection and preservation of exotic plants and butterfly species collected from the jungle. 

Where is the Butterfly Garden in Kuala Lumpur?

The Butterfly Garden in Kuala Lumpur is located in the center of Kuala Lumpur, East of the Perdana Botanical Gardens and in close proximity of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

Getting to the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden is relatively straightforward, and there are several transportation options available. If you’re using public transportation, you can take the train to the Kuala Lumpur Sentral station, which serves as a major transportation hub. From there, you can either take a taxi or ride-sharing service directly to the Butterfly Garden. 

Alternatively, you can also use the popular GrabCar service to organize your ride. 

TIP: Click here to read our guide to using GrabCar in Kuala Lumpur

If you prefer to drive, you can use a GPS navigation system or follow the directions to Jalan Cenderawasih. Ample parking facilities are available for visitors.

Regardless of the mode of transportation you choose, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden is conveniently located within the city, making it accessible and easy to reach for a delightful day of exploration and immersion in the world of butterflies.

What are the opening hours of the KL Butterfly Park?

The Kuala LUmpur Butterfly Park is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm, including on public holidays and during school holidays. 

How Much is the Butterfly Park KL Entrance Fee?

As with most attractions in Kuala Lumpur, ticket prices for MyKad holders and non-MyKad holders are different. If you are a MyKad holder or can show a valid stay/work permit, you can avail a cheaper rate. At the time of writing (June 2023) these are the entrance fees for the world’s largest butterfly park:

MyKad
TypeTicket Charge
AdultRM 18.00
Child (2 – 11 years old)RM 8.00
Family Package (2 adults + 3 children)RM 50.00
Non-MyKad
TypeTicket Fee
AdultRM 30.00
Child (2 – 11 years old)RM 18.00
Check the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden website for the most up-to-date prices.

TIP: What to bring to the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden? Sunglasses, a hat, mosquito repellent, and your video camera (or another good camera).

Our Review of the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden

We visited the KL Butterfly Garden on a Sunday morning. We believe between 9 am and 10 am is the ideal time to visit as it’s not too hot yet and it’s not crowded. Another reason to visit early is because butterflies are more active in the morning and this is also when they have their meals. 

As mentioned, the garden’s setting is quite nice, like a tropical rainforest. Many flowers and plants and intertwining pathways and slopes are found throughout the garden. The limestone pavement shows you the right direction while exploring the garden. Since there are some stairs, you are asked to leave your stroller at the reception, so you might have to carry your little kids. Our daughter enjoyed walking around the garden without any complaints as she looked for live butterflies and admired the beautiful flowers and plants.

little girl in the KL butterfly garden

There are fountains and small waterfalls within the greenery. You’ll find ponds that contain Japanese koi fish and fresh water turtles. There are some benches so you can sit to take a rest and enjoy watching the Koi fish swimming around.

Koi pond at the Kuala Lumpur butterfly park

After exploring the garden, we proceeded to the air-conditioned museum where you can find and learn about different insects. Collections of preserved butterflies and other insects like the rhinoceros beetle, giant millipedes, caterpillars, praying mantis, and other creepy creatures are in frames on the walls.

If you or your kids are into entomology, you can spend some time admiring different species. You’ll discover unusual species and live insects and crawlies in terrariums. If you’re not into insects, you can pass through, have a look at the large collection of butterflies (preserved) that line up according to their species and continue through to the souvenir shop and the exit of the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden. 

What’s Next

The Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Garden is a family’s quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. You don’t need to leave the city to spend time in a garden that showcases a rainforest filled with butterflies, insects, and beautiful flora. It’s worth a visit if you live in (or nearby) Kuala Lumpur. However, if you have limited time here, we don’t recommend adding the butterfly park to your itinerary unless you combine it with a visit to the KL bird park, which is within walking distance. 

TIP: Click here to read our Kuala Lumpur Bird Park review

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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