Ipoh, Perak

Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Perak Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Perak

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state, Malaysia. The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. It is approximately 200 km (125 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur on the North-South Expressway. Ipoh still remains one of Malaysia's largest cities. Today, Ipoh is the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia's main cities around the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry.

Culture & Heritage

Visit Birch Memorial Clocktower, dedicated to the first British Resident Minister of Perak. The road passing the tower's north side is now named in his's honour. Ipoh Railway Station is one of the three grand British-built stations on the former Malayan network. Kellie's Castle, 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.


Perak Tong (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. White Water Rafting get you up close and personal with nature, experience an exotic and mystifying rainforest where the fastest butterflies swarm by the riverbank while you enjoy swimming in the river or jump from trees or just glide down the river on a raft. Gua Tempurung is the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. Located close to the North South Highway's Gopeng Exit, it provides the opportunity to explore in detail the insides of a limestone cave. Explore Tambun, once a small town north of the city, with city growth it is now a close suburb to the city centre. Tambun has been traditionally known for its juicy pomelo fruit and the Tambun Hot Springs

Food & Drink

Rendang Tok Perak is a popular food to the Malay community. It is rich in spices, along with the main meat ingredient and coconut milk. This dish is often eaten with glutinous rice barbecued in bamboo tubes, especially during Hari Raya festival. Another popular food which can be found in Ipoh is prawn noodles. This dish is made of egg noodles, served in richly flavoured dark soup stock with prawn.


In Ipoh, there are night markets and stalls selling a variety of food, toys, clothes in various locations throughout the week. Another popular market is Memory Lane, a flea market along Jalan Lim Bo Seng that takes places every Sunday morning. It is a good place to find imitation goods, antiques and other interesting local souvenirs. The best shopping malls in the city are Kinta City, Ipoh Parade and AEON Station 18 Shopping Centre.

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