Ipoh : Back to the days of the Empire
If you are passing through Ipoh, in the middle of Malaysia then I feel I must point out the very interesting Majestic Hotel.
It's actually located on the third floor of the Railway station, an imperial pile that echos the Taj Mahal in its construction.
The superior rooms are very much worth the money - as they face out onto an impressive balcony littered with fraying leather chairs.
You can easily manage tall stories being told here of shooting tigers over a few G & T's The lift is a museum piece with a little twee message in it pointing out that if the lift was a person, then it would be of a venerable age and would need to be treated with alot of care and respect.
Also liked the original Victorian post box near the entrance.
"Ipoh new town"
View from Syuen Hotel rooftop
"Ipoh New Town"
"The coffee shop"
Friendly 'Ipoh mali' (from Ipoh) faces :-)
The City of Millionaires
Ipoh is the capital of the State of Perak and was once the tin mining capital of Malaysia. The name Ipoh originated from a poisonous sap producing tree (Antiaris Toxicarial) or locally known as pokok ipoh, upas or epu. The tree sap is used by the Orang Asli or the indigenous people to lace the blow darts with poison.
At the heydays of the tin mining era, Ipoh as well as the surrounding Kinta Valley used to be the hinterland for the British Empire in suppling tin ore to the world. Her early days too saw many tin tycoons residing in the city and it was referred to as “City of Millionaires”. Ipoh is located 200km north of Kuala Lumpur and was founded in 1893 by Sir Frank Swettenham, a British colonial resident. Charms of the colonial era is visible in certain part of the city as the streets are dotted with pre-war buildings. Some of these buildings have seen better days but a number have been restored to their past glory. With the ending of the tin mining era it is today a sleepy hollow. But that will not be for too long because a new double track railway system is in place and soon there will be a fast electric train service to Kuala Lumpur on a regular interval. From what was told the service will only take 1 ½ hours to the capital of Malaysia and will one day transform Ipoh into another satellite city of KL.
"The Taj Mahal of Ipoh"
The Ipoh Railway Station is a colonial-style structure built in 1917 based on the design by AB Hubback who also designed the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Also fondly called the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, this best known landmark in the city, also houses the Majestic Hotel (previously known as the Station Hotel Ipoh). The station is said to be the second concrete building constructed in Ipoh after the Town Hall situated across it which was constructed in 1916. In fact the railwaysystem in the early days was built by the British to serve the thriving tin mining industry. As part of the electrified double tracking project undertaken by the Federal Government, the station has been refurbished and is expected to handle higher number of passengers once the fast electric train service to Kuala Lumpur is introduced.
"The Inside Job"
The ticketing/passenger lounge of the Ipoh Railway Station is seen here spotting ultra shining floor. This new look interior is part of the transformation process of the station to cater for new services that are soon to be introduced, particularly the inter-city services.
Syuen Hotel - all facilities are nearby
Viewed from Syuen Hotel rooftop
impiana hotel, ipoh
Does anyone have any up-to-date information about this hotel. We will be staying there for 1 night in April'07. I've heard stories that the hotel is haunted!! All information and advice appreciated.
hahahah where do you hear this crap !!!! anyway the room is small and in front of parkson mall
RE: Syuen Hotel
Not Haunted, use to work for them in the IT line. Well you can walk down and try the cakes at secret recepie