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[Asia Travel] Malaysia: Ipoh

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Ipoh is one of the major cities in Malaysia. It is quite close to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. It is a town with a strong European atmosphere, with many beautiful buildings built during the British colonial era. About 70% of Chinese people live here. Developed by the tin industry during the British colonial era, Ipoh became Malaysia’s second largest city and is now a destination for tourists from all over the world.

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Location

Ipoh is a city located in the northwestern part of Malaysia.

History

Ipoh was born in the 1820s as a village on the banks of the Kinta River. However, in modern times, when Britain entered the market, it was called the “Millionaire City” due to the success of tin mining development. From the 1920s to the 1930s, it rapidly developed as a mining town and became Malaysia’s second largest city. Growth stagnated due to the closure of the mine in the late 1970s, but the town is currently being redeveloped.

Climate

Ipoh tends to be hot in the summer and warm in the winter. Temperatures range from 23 ° C to 33 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Malay. English is also widely used elsewhere. English was the official language until 1967.

Security

Ipoh is not a very safe city in Malaysia. Try to avoid going out at night.

Race

There are many Malays, overseas Chinese, and Indians in Malaysia.

religion

Islam is the state religion in Malaysia. There are also many Christians due to the influence of the British colonial era.

currency

Ringgit is used in Malaysia.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Kellie’s Castle

The castle was built by Scottish William Kelly Smith, who settled in the 20th century, as his own mansion. It features Islamic decoration.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station is a colonial building built in 1917. Although it is a station, it looks like a palace. It is a building that retains the remnants of the British colonial era.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Sam Poh Tong Temple

A temple built in a limestone cave. In front of the temple is a beautifully decorated pavilion and garden. There is a well in the garden that is said to fulfill your wishes, and it is famous as one of the best power spots in Malaysia.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Perak Ton Cave Temple

It is a cave temple. Built in 1926 by a Chinese monk, it houses a 12.8m-sized Buddha statue that shines in gold. It is easily accessible by bus from downtown Ipoh in 15 minutes.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Lost World of Tambun

Water and nature theme park. We have pools, hot spring facilities, mini amusement parks, and zoos that utilize the deep mountainous terrain. It’s a popular date spot, and many couples are coming.

Sightseeing spot 6 : The Perak Darul Ridzuan Museum

This museum is a renovated mansion of a millionaire who made a fortune in the tin mining industry. There are materials on the history of mining and materials on the indigenous Asri tribe. In the yard of the museum, the air raid shelter used during the war is left as it was at that time.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Art of Old Town

Ipoh Old Town has wall art. From paintings of celebrities such as Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to trick art-style works, colorful art colors the city.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Seenivasagam Recreational Park 

It is a large park relatively close to Ipoh station. There is a bicycle practice area, and small children ride their bicycles during the day. There is a place like a Japanese garden in the park.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Pasar Besar

Ipoh has a huge market. A large number of items are lined up, centering on fresh products such as meat, fish, and vegetables, and it is a place with musical instruments where many local residents gather.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Night market

The New Town area hosts a night market at night. They sell clothes and miscellaneous goods on the street, and there is also a flashy neon souvenir shop.

Hotel

Ipoh has plenty of accommodation. Sultan Azlan Shah Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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