WHAT TO DISCOVER WHEN BEING IN PERAK:
- Kellie’s Castle
- Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship and Heritage Museum
- The Lost World of Tambun
- Ipoh Heritage Trail
From Railway Station to The Birch Memorial Clock Tower
- Lenggong Archaelogical Gallery
- Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail
From Istana Iskandariah to Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
- Lunch at Ayam Penyet AP at Mydin Meru Raya Hypermarket
Introducing the Latest Product of Touch ‘N’ Go: MyPass
- Heritage House “Muzium Gopeng”
- Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
IPOH HERITAGE TRAIL
Ipoh, one of the states that was once fully administered by the British and appears to leave remarkable vestiges and landmarks. With such richness in architectural heritage, partaking in Ipoh Heritage Trail is indeed a must. This two-hour and a half journey on foot is held every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., beginning at the Ipoh Railway Station, which serves as the meeting point.
The Ipoh Railway Station, for example – where the delegates started off on a walking journey exploring the antique city of Ipoh and located right in the heart of Ipoh Old Town – was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback and was opened in 1935. Locals affectionately call the building the Taj Mahal of Ipoh. It was supposed to be completed in 1917, but was delayed due to lack of construction material and the high costs during World War 1. Owned by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, this railway station is still operational and used by the public travelling from south to north. A highly luxurious express train called the Eastern & Oriental Express also passes the railway station when plying the Singapore-Bangkok route.
The C1MTA delegates were impressed with Ipoh Town Hall building, which appears majestic in white, dignified and hardly aged. Located across the street from the Ipoh Railway Station and constructed in 1916 (which was also designed by the same architect who designed Ipoh Railway Station), this impressive edifice have witnessed many historical events. Among them was when it became the venue for the Malay Nationalist Party (the first political party formed in Malaya) inaugural congress from the 30th of November until the 3rd of December 1945, attended by more than 3,000 people. This neo-classical building was also once the District Police headquarters in 1948.
The Birch Memorial Clock Tower is another worthwhile landmark to consider. Constructed in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch (Perak’s very first British Resident who was assassinated by patriot Datuk Maharaja Lela in Pasir Salak), this clock tower comprises a portrait bust and four panels illustrating the advancement of human civilisation, expressed in the form of 44 world historical figures, including the image of the last prophet, Muhammad, but now have been painted over in the 1990’s due to the objection from Muslims since the depiction is construed as idolatry.
Aged, timeworn yet charming and exquisite, Lorong Panglima is colloquially known as Concubine Lane (Yi-Lai Hong in Chinese), a narrow alleyway lined with two rows of two-storey pre-war shophouses that date back to the early 20th Century. It is said to have been filled with brothels, gambling houses and opium dens from 1900 to 1940. This lane, known to have three passages (Concubine 1, Concubine 2 and Concubine 3) holds so many past stories such as trysts and love affairs between innocent ladies and wealthy men.
- Don’t forget to swing by the World War II Memorial.
- Near to the Concubine Lane are several kopitiam (Malaysian-Chinese coffee houses) that sells tasty and halal spring rolls with crispy shrimp inside. Do not forget to also take a sip of Ipoh’s famous Old Town White Coffee.
- Concubine 2 is where the Chinese wealthy housed their concubines.
IPOH RAILWAY STATION
Latitude: 04°60.192’ Longitude: 101°07.3162’