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
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- Heritage House “Muzium Gopeng”
- Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
KUALA KANGSAR HERITAGE TRAIL
Kuala Kangsar, a 150-year old historical town is filled with tradition and old world charm. Just thirty minutes’ drive away from Ipoh, the state’s oldest district is also the royal town of Perak where Istana Iskandariah (The Sultan’s Palace) is located. Though it was rainy weather when the C1MTA delegates visited Kuala Kangsar, the experience of exploring this quaint town was nonetheless intriguing.
Kuala Kangsar Town Council
We started our trail at the Pavillion Square Tower, located close to the Kuala Kangsar Town Council field. Built in 1930 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Shah, it is often referred to as the “Pagoda of Malaysia”, sporting elegant early Malay architecture. Initially, it was used as the venue for entertainment and recreation for the wives of court officials and other impartment people during ceremonies and special celebrations. During the Japanese occupation however, the locals who lived during that era claimed that the Japanese used to hang criminals at that very spot. Some denied the story and dismissed it as an old wives’ tale.
Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Kangsar
Then the delegates explored Jalan Raja Chulan where they found the oldest rubber tree in Malaysia, planted in 1877 by a British botanist. Originated from nine seedlings brought from Brazil, the rubber tree still thrives even to this day.
Malay College Kuala Kangsar
We then veered off to the gates of Malay College Kuala Kangsar (the Malaysian version of Eton, the prestigious British school) to admire the school’s Greco-Roman architecture, resplendent white façade and vast green lawns. Malay College Kuala Kangsar is a premier all boys and all-Malay residential school in Kuala Kangsar and is the first fully residential school in Malaysia, established on 2 January 1905.
Primarily, the school was built to cater and educate sons of the Malay elite, such as the royal children and sons of the nobility, though the rise of the Malay Nationalism result in a dramatic change in 1947. Now, selected Malay male youths ages between 12 and 17 from all over Malaysia are educated here. Malay College Kuala Kangsar was also selected as one of the first High Performing Schools in Malaysia back in 2010.
Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
To get a glimpse of the royal lifestyle of Sultan Azlan Shah, Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah houses and exhibits the history and the life of His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah, the 34th Ruler of Perak. Originally, this beautiful and picturesque palace that has now been converted into a royal gallery is called Istana Ulu or Istana Kota. It was first occupied by Sultan Idris I in 1903. With an entrance fee of only RM3 per child and RM4 per adult, visitors will be able to enjoy witnessing the remarkable collection of His Royal Highness’ opulent mobiles (mainly Rolls Royce), Louis Vuitton luggage, diamond timepieces, shades and even passports, among other regalia and royal objects.
Istana Kenangan, Jalan Istana
Not far from Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah lies the Istana Kenangan (Palace of Memories). Built in 1926 for Sultan Iskandar Shah by a Malay carpenter named Encik Sepian, this palace was formerly called the Istana Lembah (Palace of the Valley) due to its location. It was the official residence of the Perak royal family from 1931 until 1933, when Istana Iskandariah was completed. Istana Kenangan was then used to host royal receptions and accommodate royal guests.
Consisting of the bedchamber, family bedrooms and dining hall, this ornate palace is two-storey high and was built without using any single nail. Today, it houses as the Royal Museum of Perak, which showcases historical information concerning the Perak royal lineage that can be traced all the way back to Parameswara, the founder of the glorious Sultanate of Melaka in early 1400s.
Masjid Ubudiah Kuala Kangsar
The C1MTA Perak delegates made their last stop at Perak’s most iconic mosque, Masjid Ubudiah. This mosque is rated as one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia with its golden onion dome and minarets that create a spellbinding sight when being viewed near or far. It was built in 1917, during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul’adzham Shah, and situated adjacent to the Royal Mausoleum in Bukit Chandan. It was said that the construction of the mosque was based on the oath made by the Sultan as the sign of his deep gratitude towards Allah after recovering from grave illness.
- From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., there is normally an elderly ice cream vendor who sells tasty durian-flavoured ice cream sandwich that costs only RM3, a definite treat especially during hot weather.
- Another prominent feature of Malay College Kuala Kangsar is the Big Tree, a huge raintree that stands in front of the East Wing, said to be as old as the school itself.
- The person who designed Masjid Ubudiah is the same architect who designed the Ipoh Railway Station and Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Arthur Benison Hubback.