Ipoh Off The Beaten Path

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    Eagle Mountain Recreation Park

    by yipsufen Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Gunung Lang Recreation Park

    Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang, off Jalan Kuala Kangsar. Exit from North Ipoh.

    Many local people still do not aware of this recreational place due to lack of publicity. However, I don't think this place is meant for tourists and there is little to offer. It's more of a place for the local people to hang out. The place was very queit when I went there in the weekend. If you don't have much time to spare in Ipoh, I suggest you to skip this place and focus your time for looking out delicious food in Ipoh.

    You will see a calm lake surrounded by limestone hills. At the far end of the lake is a recreational park and children's playground. In order to reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.

    At the jetty, I can see the lake is teemed with large fish hungry for food but I don't see any eagles flying around here.

    At the entrance of Eagle Mountain Recreation Park, you can see a chinese temple built inside the limestone cave. Note that in Ipoh there are many chinese temples built around or inside limestone caves. Eg: Perak Cave and Sam Poh Cave.

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    Visit a Traditional Medicine Shop

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    Traditional Medicine Shop

    One of the nice things to do when in Ipoh is to check out the traditional Chinese Medicine shops. While you can find these herbal and traditional medicine shops throughout Malaysia, many of the older ones have ceased operations or have been coverted to more modern Pharmacies.

    In Ipoh, however, I noticed that many traditional Chinese medicine shops continue to ply their trade. Perhaps it is because there is a large enough population of retirees here or simply because of tradition. I'm not sure.

    When you visit the shop, just tell the Chinese sinseh about your complaint, and he may check your pulse and ask you a few more questions, before prescribing something for your health.

    Traditional herbs are not used only for medicinal purposes but also in cooking (such as herbal chicken soups). Among the better known herbs are ginseng (only to be drunk when you are feeling robust and in good health), dong kwai (for women's ailments and well being), gei ji etc.

    Although it takes a while to boil up the concoction, I always do enjoy drinking herbal concoctions for coughs, colds and other general ailments. The herbs are aromatic and generally improve your sense of well-being. I guess the taste is an acquired taste-they can be bitter, lightly sweet, bland, or with a hint of tanginess- but I certainly do like it.

    To get the most out of your visit, you would need to bring along a Chinese speaking friend. Having said that, most Ipoh folks are well-educated and do speak good English.

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    Take a tube & Surf around the Hill

    by fallendevil Written Mar 4, 2005

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    Cool !!

    The new RM60 million water theme park "Lost World of Tambun" is located in the historic town of Ipoh in the middle of the North-South corridor in Perak. Ideally located between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
    The park will provide a much-anticipated family leisure attraction for anyone in the area.
    It's expected to attract 450,000 visitors annually.
    The theme park is landscaped with vines, creepers and lush tropical plants to give the illusion of a “Lost World.” The park is the sister theme park of Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya. It is opened since Nov 2004.

    The theme park is two hours drive north from Kuala Lumpur and one-hour and a half drive from Penang. It opens from 12:00 noon until 7 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, school and public holidays, the park opens at 10:00 a.m. It closes on Tuesdays except if the day falls on Malaysian school and public holidays.

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    Warisan Kapal Korek - The Heritage of Dredge

    by RachelLeung Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    24 March 2008

    I have often been asked about the tin industry in Malaysia by many of my overseas friends and it was a discovery that I made with Warisan Kapal Korek (or “The Heritage of (Tin) Dredge” in English) in Batu Gajah recently that brought my 3 relatives from Hong Kong to visit it.

    We drove from Ipoh, taking the exit at Simpang Pulai toll. From there on, we followed the road to Kellie’s Castle, and entered into the Batu Gajah town. From there we followed the direction to Tanjung Tualang, a small town famous for its fresh water prawns, and reached Warisan Kapal Korek.

    The dredge forms a mammoth landscape in the vast openness of the place. It is parked on a mining pool. The place has very few trees and one can imagine how the tin miners toiled under the harsh sun not too long ago.

    There is a briefing of the tin mining process at a meeting room where photos are shown and Steven, our guide, is on hand to explain everything to us. It is very educational and I highly recommend this place for family outing and schoolchildren. After all, the history of many cities and towns in Malaysia is intertwined closely with the history of tin mining.

    The most exciting part is visiting the dredge. It is about 70m in length and 35 m in height. When we are inside, we have to climb steps and there are platforms where we can see the dredge equipment. Reaching the top is no mean achievement for someone like me who is acrophobia. Going through every floor, we feel like we are in a scene out of one of Jackie Chan’s action movies. There are irons frames, large machinery, buckets and conveyor everywhere and we have to pick our way through carefully. It is an adventure not to be missed.

    Due to the time constraint, we returned to Ipoh after the visit. However it is recommended that a traveler travels from Ipoh should make a stop at Kellie’s castle (which takes about 30 to 45 minutes to visit) first, then to the Warisan Kapal Korek, the tour of which is about 1.5 hours. Afterwards one can drive to Tuajung Tuallang for a lunch of fresh water prawns before returning to Ipoh. This will make a nice half-day tour.

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    Lata Kinjang

    by chiabh Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    lata kinjang ~ vertical view...
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    Lata Kinjang is one of the most majestic waterfalls in Malaysia. It is visible from along the NS Expressway as you travel from Tapah to Ipoh but is not accessible from the highway... To go to the waterfall, you have to exit at the Tapah interchange, and then drive about 18km on the trunk road towards Kampar town...

    The main attraction of this waterfall is the impressive series of cascades winding down a 100-meter drop... The whole length of the waterfall is about 850m high... There are parking bays and eating stalls for picnickers. Visitors may also visit an orchid garden and a bamboo park. The area is inhabited by aborigines (known as Orang Asli), with villages around Lata Iskandar and Kuala Woh...

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    The Castle

    by gnh Written Oct 12, 2005

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    The Kelly's Castle is actually near Batu Gajah ( 4km ), but it is also near Ipoh (12 km ).

    There is a story about this castle, but such a boring tale that you shouldn't bother about it. The castle ? It's huge, but hardly deserving of such a grand name.

    But then, in the name of tourism, they have to exaggerate ( sometimes over-doing it ) !

    Still, worth a visit, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO !

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    Gua Tempurong, Gopeng,...

    by yeikloen Written Nov 11, 2002

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    Gua Tempurong, Gopeng, Perak

    This cave is located about 2hrs away by car from Kuala Lumpur. This cave is must to go if you are interested in caving. This cave was first open to public about 7yrs ago(1995), then there were no charge except registering your name with the guard but now there is a RM22 entrance fees for the grand tour or RM11 for a half tour.

    Best way to reach Gua Tempurong is by using the PLUS Highway, exit at Gopeng (about 30mins before arriving in Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur) and take a left once you paid the toll charges. Drive about 4km and you will see a sign pointing left into a small lane in between two village houses. From the entrance to the cave is about 4km and trust your instinct and keep going even until you see dirt roads, go on and you will reach the cave entrace.

    Make you sure arrive at the cave before 0930 because everyday there is only one trip on the Grand Tour and you will not want to miss it.

    Wear anything you feel comfortable, shoe will be good but sandals are fine. A waterfproof torch will be an advantage but any torch with high beam will do well. Bring along a set of cloth for change after the caving.

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    Gua Tempurung

    by chiabh Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    guide to the cave...
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    Gua Tempurung literally means Coconut Shell Cave. The cave is very popular among caving enthusiasts. It is more than 3 km long and is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways for easy access. An internal underground river runs for about 1.6km through the hill. There are three very large chambers with some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

    Heritage Acres provides 3 type of tours in exploring the caves... viz Golden Flowstone, Top of the World and Short River Adventure... and these are of different lengths and difficulty.... The wet tour will need require a change of clothing after the tour...

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    Beruas Museum

    by chiabh Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    royal grave...

    The museum is located in the town center next to the post office building... The museum is a repository of the country’s rich history and is one of the few reminders of the former capital of the great ancient kingdom of Gangga Negara...

    On display are Chinese ceramics from the Qing Dynasty, old tin money in the shape of animals, incense containers from the ancient days of Hinduism, 19th Century plates from England, bamboo prawn traps, a rusty 128kg cannon, earthen water jars and other artefacts...

    The Gangga Negara kingdom was founded in the 8th Century by Raja Ganji Sarjuna from Kedah... During its Golden Age, the present districts of Bidor, Tanjung Rambutan, Ipoh and Sungei Siput were under its control... In 1025 and 1026, Raja Chola Rajendran of Coromandel in south India attacked Gangga Negara, leading to its collapse...

    After a lapse of some 500 years, the kingdom of Beruas was later established in the 15th century when a prince from Sumatra, named Malik al-Mansur, landed in the area after sailing upriver along the Sungai Beruas... The kingdom of Beruas grew through trade and paid tribute to Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca... Unfortunately, in the 17th Century, Sungai Beruas became heavily silted and the kingdom lost its importance as a trading port... Slowly, it declined into oblivion as its population moved away for greener pastures...

    The museum is opened from 9.30am to 5.00pm daily except Sundays when it is closed... Admission is free but visitors must sign a visitors book...

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    Perak Tong Cave Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

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    Perak Tong (Perak Cave) Temple is located at Gunung Tasek about 6km north of Ipoh and houses over 40 Buddha statues and many murals. The cave was discovered in 1926 by Chong Sen Yee and his wife Choong Chan Yoke who came from Jiao-Ling province in China. On approval from the Perak State Government, they started to develop a cave temple. Over a 50 year period, they worked in and around the cave temple. A 40-metre high statue of Buddha in the temple is the tallest and largest of its kind in Malaysia.

    Open: 8am-5pm.
    Take Reliance Bus 141 from Ipoh.

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    Gua Tempurung in Perak. It...

    by 4Czens Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Gua Tempurung in Perak.

    It was my first time venturing into the caves. I was with a bunch of good friends - the 10 of us and we decided to try the Grand Tour of Gua Tempurung. It was awesome!
    Tiring, probably...but an experience not to be missed. I had no idea how exciting it would be to walk (and crawl!) in a cave...in total darkness (except for torchlights) until I tried this.
    You shouldn''t miss it while there''s still a stretch of 'undeveloped' area, where you can experience an Indiana Jones-like adventure. I heard that plans are being made to build proper walkways (with proper lighting) in this current stretch of 'undeveloped' area. Personally, I think there goes all the fun!
    I''m really glad I''ve been there and done that.
    Just a reminder to take note of the wet seasons...the caves can get flooded then. And be prepared for about 4 hours of walking etc.

    Take the highway from KL travelling north (the North-South Highway, probably). Exit at Batu Gajah. Travel along the old road (before there was the highway) heading for Ipoh, and look out for signs leading to Gua Tempurung. It's somewhere between Kampar and Ipoh...before Teluk Intan, if I'm not mistaken.
    Can anyone confirm, please?

    Guides are available at a small fee.

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    Ling Sen Tong Cave Temple.

    by cachaseiro Written Jul 9, 2012
    Ling Sen Tong Cave Temple in Ipoh.

    Ling Sen Tong Cave Temple is one of several cave temples around Ipoh and i decided to visit this one as it was on my way out of Ipoh and made a good little rest stop.
    The Temple is a classical chinese temple, but build in to the cave which gives it a spectacular setting.
    There is a very nice little garden in front of it with various sculptures and the place was very popular with local tourists the day i went there.
    The temple is a little south of the center of Ipoh just before you leave town.
    Just take the main street heading south out of town and you will see it on your left.

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    Kellie's Castle - getting there.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    I like old places so when I read about Kellie's Castle and discovered it was only around 20 minutes drive away from Ipoh, I really wanted to go there. From reading up on up it, it seemed there was not much in the way of public transport to there, so we decided to take a taxi. I hate using taxis and will avoid them if possible. We made enquiries in the hotel to get a general idea of price, but they just said they did not know. Then we asked in the tourist office. They said 30RM one way. We asked how much for take us, wait for us and bring us back and they did not know. We had noticed a taxi rank outside Ipoh Station so we went there. The price started at 120RM to go there, wait an hour, come back. Eventually we got it for 90RM and one and a half hours there. As to whether that is good value, terrible value, I've no idea. Personally, I found the trip very enjoyable and our driver was a very pleasant Indian man who never rushed us and was also happy to take us to the little Hindu temple near Kellie's Castle.

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    Kellie's Castle - History

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
    Kellie's Castle -has one furnished room.
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    Entrance to Kellie's Castle is 10RM for non- Malaysians and 5RM for Malaysians. Outside the castle there is a little shop, cafe and toilets.

    The castle was built by a Scottish man called William Kellie Smith. He was born in 1870 in Kellas, Scotland. In 1890 when he was 20 years old, he arrived in Malaya to work as a Civil Engineer. He worked in Charles Alma Baker's survey firm. This firm had won concessions from the state government to clear 9000 hectares of forests in Batu Gajah, Perak. Using the money he made working here, Kellie Smith bought 1000 acres of jungle land in the district of Kinta and started planting rubber trees. He also started working in the tin mining industry.

    Kellie Smith named his land Kinta Kellas after his home farm in Scotland which was called Easter Kellas. He also started up the Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company. Then he returned home to marry his Scottish sweetheart, Agnes. The couple came to live in Malaysia in 1903. The next year Agnes gave birth to a baby girl and they called her Helen.

    In 1909 Kellie Smith built his first mansion, Kellas House. This still stands next to and linked with Kellie's Castle but it was badly damaged in the war. Although the family wanted more children, it was difficult for Agnes to get pregnant. Eventually in 1915 she gave birth to a baby boy and they called him, Anthony.

    Now that he had a son and heir Kellie Smith started planning a huge castle with Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture. He brought in 70 craftsmen from Madras India to help him realise his dream. All the bricks and marble for the castle were imported from India. Included in the plan for the castle's six story tower was Malaya's first elevator - the empty shaft is still there, but the elevator never got installed. There was also a rooftop courtyard for entertaining guests.

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    Kellie's Castle - then it all went wrong.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 14, 2014
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    One of the first things to go wrong during the construction of the castle was that the Indian construction workers who had been brought in to built the castle were struck down by a virulent strain of Spanish Flu. Several workers died, the others approached Kellie Smith to build a temple nearby to placate the gods and take away the bad luck. Kellie Smith readily agreed. In return for this act of kindness, the workers built a statue of Kellie Smith beside the gods and goddesses on top of the temple wall. It is believed that a tunnel was built to the temple from the castle.

    In 1926 William Kellie Smith went to Lisbon, Portugal. It is not known exactly why, but it is believed he may have been purchasing the elevator for his castle. While he was there he contracted pneumonia and died at the age of 56.

    William's wife, Agnes, was devastated and decided to leave Malaya and return to Scotland. She sold Kellas House and the unfinished Kellie's Castle to a British company called Harrisons and Crossfield.

    For a long period the castle was simply left to fall apart and the jungle began to grow over the ruins. Locals used to swim across the river and visit the ruins. They were creepy, so many ghost stories grew up around the castle.

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