Ipoh travel guide

What to see in Ipoh, Malaysia

Perak Tong

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(Perak Cave) is located at Gunung Tasek and houses over 40 Buddha statues and many murals. There is a steep, tall staircase in the interior of the cave rising up to the top of its hill, where one is greeted by a beautiful and panoramic view of Ipoh and its surroundings. The statue of Buddha in Perak Tong is the tallest and largest of its kind in Malaysia. Perak Tong was built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China.

Kek Lok Tong

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(or Kek Look Tong, Cavern of Ultimate Bliss) (http://www.keklooktong.org) - calm Chinese cave temple with good views on the other side of the same limestone hill as Sam Poh Tong. Accessible through Gunung Rapat housing area, 4km from the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal. Taxi from Ipoh town should cost RM10 or take local bus 94 to the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal and pick up a taxi there.

Sam Poh Tong

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(Cavern of Triple Gems) - Actually a cluster of Chinese temples in Gunung Rapat near the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal. The first temple, Ling Sen Tong is shrouded in the smokey haze of hundred of jossticks. Its neighbour, Nam Thean Tong, has hundreds of stairs that climb right through the mountain to high up on the other side, providing great views. Sam Poh Tong itself is the third of the row, just after the small coffee shop, where you should relax after climbing all the stairs of Nam Thean Tong. By this temple's entrance is a charming landscped bonzai garden and fish pond; inside, a tunnel leads right through the rocks to the sanctuary of the temple and its tortoise pond. On the road leading to the temples are stalls selling pomeloes, a local speciality. Local bus 94 continues to right next to these temples after passing the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal. RM10 in a taxi from the city should be enough.

Birch Memorial Clocktower

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dedicated to the first British Resident Minister of Perak who was murdered by a local Malay chief. The road passing the tower's north side is now named in his's honour.

Ipoh Railway Station

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one of the three grand British-built stations on the former Malayan network. ETS trains connect this fondly dubbed "Taj Mahal of Ipoh" to KL's colonial beauty, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (one stop before KL Sentral). Singapore's now disused Tanjong Pagar station is the third installment of the trilogy.

Padang Ipoh

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Ipoh Green, the only thing missing is a cricket match on this immaculate lawn near Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam. The surrounding historic buildings including the mock-tudor style Ipoh Club, FMS Bar, HSBC Building and the magnificant St Michael's Institution secondary school.

Ipoh Heritage Trail

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A two to three hour guided tour of the heritage trail starts at the Railway Station at 8am every Saturday (as of June 2011 Rm 20 person). For a self-guided tour trail maps can be downloaded from http://beta.virtualmalaysia.com/event/event_view.cfm?event_id=8BE508BE-188B-76AA-00D704F4356B8983

Mariamman Kovil

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is an old Tamil temple. Not only is it religious in nature but also a place for discourses and on Sundays children are given an introduction to verses in Tamil. Located in Jalan Sungai Pari Buntong, just before the bridge on the river.

Ipoh Town Hall

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and Law Courts - the two buildings opposite the Railway Station, both are in neoclassical style.

Muzium Darul Ridzuan

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is an interesting historical museum of Perak, located in a pretty former tin-mining tycoon's mansion on Jalan Kuala Kangsar