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 Railway Station
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.
Ipoh Heritage Trail
This two to three hour tour passes by notable colonial buildings and pre World War II shophouses in Ipoh Old Town. Guided tours start at the Ipoh Railway Station at 8am every Saturday h/p 012-5242357: ~Rm 30 person. One can also take a self guided tour with the following map: (http://www.ipohworld.org/...)
the deserted mansion of an eccentric Scottish planter, is in Batu Gajah, half an hour's drive from Ipoh city center. Its main appeal lies in the belief that it is haunted and that secret passages leading to hidden chambers exist. A taxi will cost you around RM 50 - 60 and they will usually wait for an hour which is long enough to look around. There is a small entrance fee to the castle.
Sam Poh Tong
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.
Kek Lok Tong
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.
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.