Nature therapy is the practice of being in nature to help relieve mental health-related issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and attention problem. Such practices include farming, hiking, and camping. Being in nature is known to bring many benefits, such as happiness, a sense of well-being, positive social interactions, and a feeling of meaningfulness.

Located on the outskirts of the Klang Valley, IOI City Mall Putrajaya recently unveiled Malaysia’s first urban indoor farm park — IOI City Farm. The farm is perfect for those who do not want to participate in overly strenuous activities but want to have a casual, relaxing “nature” family day out in the comfort of nearby restaurants and shops.

The permanent edutainment space opened in tandem with the mall’s Phase 2 on Aug 25 and consists of three different zones — Greenland, Little Rimba, and Freshwater World. The two-story indoor farm measures a total of 18,000 sq ft. Visitors of all ages can interact and observe different plants, aquatic life, and animal species.

Upon entry through the main entrance, visitors will be greeted by the Greenland zone’s lush greenery and surroundings, all Instagrammable for the younger generation. This zone features nine sections — Green Glades, Vertical Garden, Urban Farm, Glocave, Mystical Cave, Season of Colours that are filled with giant lotus structures, Teeny-weeny Forest, Insectopia, and Roots N Seeds that consists of 11 living plant species.

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