Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, located in Northwestern Malaysia. It was developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities from the early 19th century due to the tin mining boom. Ipoh is known for its rustic beauty and food. And, there are plenty of places to capture gorgeous Instagrammable shots. Check out some of these Insta-worthy spots in Ipoh and plan to visit the places in your next itinerary.
Victoria Bridge is a single track railway truss bridge located in Karai, a small town near Kuala Kangsar, Perak. These railway bridges were constructed between December 1897 and March 1900 by the Perak Government Railway. Victoria Bridge is one of the oldest railway bridges in Malaysia. It remained in use until 2002. Although the old bridge is closed to rail traffic, the adjoining footbridge is publicly open to pedestrians and motorcycles. This place is increasingly popular among the locals, especially photographers, because of its aesthetic and nostalgic vibes.
Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village
Qing Xin Ling means “serene hill” in Mandarin. Located between the famous cave temples of Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong, it is a cultural village with mountains and lakes. Qing Xin Ling is a 20-minute drive away from Ipoh old town. The place is captivated by stunning landscapes of mountains and jungles. Besides taking photos at the village, visitors can also do jungle trekking, bicycle riding, barbeque, fish feeding, and campfire.
Kong Heng Square
Located just a stone’s throw away from Concubine Lane, Kong Heng Square is a cluster of pre-WWII buildings. It was abandoned and now it has been restored. Kong Heng Square now combines heritage walks, boutique hotels, restaurants and a weekend artisan market. Started with humble unique craft shops, the square now is where artists and artisans promote their handiwork in Ipoh.
Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Birch Memorial Clock Tower is located in a square inside the Old Ipoh. Constructed to commemorate James W. W. Birch – the first British Resident of the State of Perak, this four-sided clock tower stands in front of Ipoh State Mosque. The four sides represent the four pillars of British administration: patience, justice, loyalty and fortitude. Birch Memorial Clock Tower consists of these four panels illustrative of the growth of civilization. On a side note, it has a mother bell and four smaller bells to strike the chimes.
Tasik Cermin is literally translated as “Mirror Lake”. The lake probably derives its name from the water where it reflects the surrounding which makes it an Insta-worthy place. It is not recognised as a tourist attraction yet this picturesque lake is one of most photogenic places in Ipoh. Tucked in between greenery and limestone mountains that have earned the city the nickname “Guilin of Malaysia”, Tasik Cermin is located at a 20-minute drive from the heart of Ipoh.
The Concubine Lanes
According to the locals, Concubine Lane was built by mining tycoon Yao Tet Shin for his three wives. Each lane was gifted to his 3 wives respectively with the names of Wife Lane, Concubine Lane and Second Concubine Lane. Meanwhile, some locals said it was the place where rich men hide their mistresses. Concubine Lane is the most lively with its colourful little shops, stalls and a vibrant vibe. Concubine Lane has been transformed into a popular hangout spot in Ipoh among the locals and tourists.
Ipoh Town Hall
Ipoh Town Hall was completed in 1916. The building was originally used as the main administrative offices in Ipoh, while the back portion housed the former Post Office. From 1948, the Town Hall served as the District Police Headquarters for several years. The building was designed in an Edwardian Baroque architectural style. The architect, Arthur Benison Hubback also designed the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Jamek Mosque (near Merdeka Square) and more colonial buildings. Ipoh Town Hall currently serves as a function space.
Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh Railway Station was officially opened in 1917. It was affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by its locals. It was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century before being turned into a station. This building is also designed by Arthur Benison Hubback (same as the architect of Ipoh Town Hall). This railway station is an impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern decorative features.
Sam Poh Tong Temple
Sam Poh Tong Temple is also known as the Three Buddhas Cave. It is a Chinese temple built within a limestone cave. Moreover, it is the oldest and the main cave temple in Ipoh. There is a stunning landscaped garden designed around a large fish pond in front of the temple. Besides, the temple also contains artwork such as a reclining Buddha figure.
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