Ipoh … Slow-but-classic

From Penang, we spend about 2 hours travelling to “Ipoh“. This small town is the capital of Perak, located in the middle of the valley between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Ipoh was developed the booming tin-mining industry driven the sleepy town into the height of its glory peaked in the 1950s when during the British colonial era. So let’s explore the city with colonial-style architecture mixed with traditional Chinese style.

  1. Ipoh city tour

Architecturally, the city center is characterized by colonial era Chinese shops, houses and several impressive historical buildings from the British Colonial era. You can begin your heritage trail and visit the historical Ipoh Railway Station and Town Hall with a short walk to the opposite side. Then, see the Roman classic style complex of the High Court, then see the Birch Memorial Clock Tower and its over six feet tall bell, constructed to commemorate Perak’s first British resident, James Birch.

This old town contains lots of pre-war architectures comprising shops, residences and historical landmarks. So a very large of the historical buildings still existence and function. In the past, the British had structured the railway system, infrastructure and urban planning. Traveling in Ipoh you will see the lifestyles of many generations who can live together perfectly.

  1. Ipoh Old Town and Street Art

Apart from historical and architectural sites, other highlights of the city are the Ipoh Old Town and Street Art, which is the work of Ernest Zacharevic, the Lithuanian artist who has made quite a name for himself from his interesting wall murals in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and even Singapore. This time, he has left his mark in Ipoh. After a long stroll, if you feel a little fatigue and thirsty, we would recommend you to rest and relax in the cafes, especially Old Town White Coffee, Malaysia’s famous coffee shop where the original branch is in Ipoh.

For those who prefer shopping, tasting and taking photos, Concubine Lane is another spot to recommend. This street is another attraction full of old buildings built over 120 years having food, souvenirs, gift shops and many cafes to visit. Let’s have a little fun with this unique Concubine Lane, then you will see Ipoh has more variety than you can imagine.

  1. Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle was built by a Scottish rubber planter, William Kellie Smith who took over the mining business until he was rich. He built the building for his beloved wife as a symbol of love which was commissioned this mansion with Scottish, Moorish and Indian styles in 1915. In the middle of construction, he left for England where he died with pneumonia in 1926 and the mansion was never completed.

The outback of Kellie’s Castle is a must-see. This magnificent castle is located on a hillside. All rooms have a secret passage as an emergency exit to the 1st floor to escape the castle when there is a danger. Even though it is nearly 100 years old, there is still a rumour about the mystery. Some call it as a haunted castle. William’s spirit has been seen pacing at night in the 2nd floor corridor. Adding to its mystery, some believe the mansion possesses hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels.

  1. Perak Cave Temple

It is one of the most important temples in Malaysia where tourists often visit. The first thing that catches our eyes when we reach Perak Cave Temple is a small rock standing as a background of the caves and Chinese architecture in front. Inside the cave is a wall painting painted by Hong Kong Chinese painters.

There are statues of Bodhisattva Goddess at the centre of the cave. For those who still have enough energy to explore more, behind the cave there is a stairway to walk up to the rocky mountain. Up there you can feel the air breeze with the view of Ipoh city in the distance. This is another place that should not be missed.

  1. Lost World of Tamboon

Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh is the ultimate day and night destination, and widely regarded as Malaysia’s premiere action and adventure family holiday destination. This ultimate family getaway provides hours of non-stop fun, featuring the longest adventure. After the sun sets, the Lost World transforms into a carnival-like atmosphere where visitors can soak in the backdrop of lush tropical jungles and 400-million-year-old limestone features, or simply choose to pamper themselves at the Hot Springs & Spa.

Situated at the foot of ancient limestone hills and sheltered within lush greenery, the Lost World Hotel offers the perfect relief for your senses. Visitors can enjoy the newly-opened Luminous Forest, a luminous landscape within a mythical forest and home to our Malayana Tribe.

Text by Sawita Rattivarakorn
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