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    St John's Anglican Church

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    This church was not too far from our hotel. You can also get there by exiting the railway station and turning left.

    Initially Ipoh's Anglican community used to worship in the Ipoh Court House. As the congregation increased in size, they needed a more permanent site for their services. St John's church was built in 1910. Its construction cost $20,000.

    During the Japanese Invasion, this church was bombed causing damage to the high altar and bell tower. Later, during the Japanese Occupation, it was converted to a noodle factory. St John's re-opened as a church at the end of the occupation on 23rd September 1945.

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    Masjid Panglima Kinta Mosque

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    This lovely mosque is situated on the other side of the Kinta River from Little India. It was the first mosque ever to be built in Ipoh and was completed in 1898 by Dato' Panglima Kinta Mohamed Yusof in memory of his beloved wife.

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    Paloh Khoo Miu Temple

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    As we were wandering around Little India trying to follow the Ipoh heritage trail 2 map, we arrived at Paloh Khoo Miu Temple. This temple is also known as Ipoh Chinese Tai Pak Koong Temple. This temple is around 140 years. It is the temple of the god, Tai Pak Koong ,god of prosperity. The god's image was first brought to this temple in 1872 from a temple in Hai Zhu Island, near Penang.

    The temple looked lovely but unfortunately when we visited it was closed. My photos are taken through railings. I would love to revisit when it was actually open.

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    Little India

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    Spreading out from the bus station and still part of the old town, you can find Little India. I loved this area with its shops selling garlands, shops selling brightly coloured saris, shops selling Indian DVDs. There were Bollywood type posters on display on some buildings. There were Indian restaurants. Little India was not very touristy. It was a colourful and interesting area to explore.

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    The Ipoh Railway Station.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 14, 2014
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    When we arrived in Ipoh, we arrived at the train station. This attractive old colonial building was designed by A. B. Hubback. It was opened in 1935. The building also houses the Majestic Hotel with its station bar. Both hotel and bar were being renovated during our visit. On the platform side there was a little cafe called the monorail cafe. Ipoh locals have nicknamed the station the Taj Mahal of Ipoh. On the far side of the station we could see a Hindu temple.

    Trains run from here to Kuala Lumpur in around two and a half hours. There are also some trains to Butterworth for Penang.

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    Station Square

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 14, 2014
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    There is a large open square in front of the train station in Ipoh. On one side is the lovely old station building; on another is the new post office behind which is the bus station. Directly across from the train station is the town hall and the magistrates court.

    Station Square has a large ipoh tree. Ipoh takes its name from these trees. It also has a war memorial with plaques commemorating those who died in both world wars, those who died building the death railway in Thailand and those who died fighting for Malaysian independence.

    The square also has a fountain which was all lit up at night when we arrived at Ipoh. During the day it was not usually operating. There were several plaques showing tin mining and train travel in Ipoh at the back of the fountain.

    At night this is a pleasant place with its illuminated dancing fountains and illuminated surrounding buildings. People come and sit here to enjoy the fountains and the cooler evening air.

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    The Town Hall/ Post Office

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 13, 2014

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    Ipoh Town Hall is an attractive old colonial building facing onto the railway station and the station square. At one time this building was also Ipoh's post office but this has moved to the other end of station square. Across the road from the town hall is Ipoh Magistrates court another lovely old colonial building.

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    Perak State Mosque

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 13, 2014
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    The Perak State Mosque is located near the Birch Memorial. It is also known as the Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque. The mosque was completed in August 1968 and was opened by Sultan Idris Shah II. The mosque has one extremely tall minaret.

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    Birch Memorial Clock Tower

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 13, 2014
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    The Birch Memorial Tower was built in memory of the first British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch. Birch was speared to death by an angry Malay chief, Maharajalela, at Pasir Salak while he was bathing. This event sparked off a war which lasted three years before the British regained control. Birch himself was thought to have been a narrow minded and difficult man who showed little or no respect for the local culture. He was replaced as resident by Hugh Low a botanist and a much better administrator/diplomat than Birch.

    The clock tower was built in 1909. The clock has the same chiming pattern as Big Ben. There are four statues on the clock tower which are meant to symbolize four good things about British rule: Loyalty, with a sword and shield, Justice, blind, carrying a sword and a pair of scales, Patience, unarmed, and Fortitude, with a calm face and bearing a spear.

    The friezes on the clock try to show the growth of civilisation and feature famous historical figures such as Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin. A figure thought to have been Mohammed has since been erased as it is offensive in Islam to depict the human form.

    The road on which this memorial stands was once called after Birch, but now it is called after Birch’s killer, Maharajalela. Maharajalela is now seen as a national hero.

    The tower is close to the town hall and the national mosque.

    J.W.W. Birch's eldest son later became the eighth British Resident of Perak.

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    The Padang

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 11, 2014

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    Like many Malaysian cities Ipoh has a large grassy field at its centre. This is known as the padang. Padang is the Malay word for field. Ipoh's pedang was created by Ipoh's Chinese community in 1898 in order to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The padang cost over 43,000 pounds.

    Today Ipoh's padang is a peaceful place. During the heat of the day there may be a few people sleeping or relaxing in one of its shady corners. In the cooler, early evenings it is a frenzy of footballers, but the pedang has had an eventful history.

    During the Second World War when the Japanese occupied Ipoh, every morning at 8 o'clock all the staff of the government offices in Ipoh were forced to go to the pedang and participate in a bowing and allegiance ceremony.

    On October 1st, 1943, Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian revolutionary leader, visited Ipoh and spoke to a large gathering of Indians on Ipoh's pedang. From here he was able to recruit hundreds of volunteers for his Army of Free India.

    On May 31st, 1962, the Sultan of Perak stood on the pedang to declare the formation of the Municipality of Ipoh. The town of Ipoh spent nearly RM1 million to celebrate this event with a huge parade.

    Around the pedang there are several interesting buildings. At one end you will find St Michael's School and the Indian Muslim Mosque. At another you can find the exclusive Royal Ipoh Club which dates from 1895. During colonial times this was a whites only club. During the Japanese occupation it was turned into a laundry. On the third side stand several old shophouses, the Ipoh Old Town White Coffee Cafe, the tourist office and Ipoh's old Hong Kong Shanghai Bank. On the fourth side you can see the FMS building. FMS means Federation of Malay states. It was once a rubber planters and tin miners bar. Now it is empty, unfortunately. Hopefully it will be restored rather than allowed to decline.

    There is a little fountain on one corner of the pedang near the HSBC.

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    The Royal Ipoh Club

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 11, 2014

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    The Royal Ipoh Club.

    The Royal Ipoh Club faces onto Ipoh's padang. It is a black and white striped mock Tudor building which dates from 1895. At first this was a whites only club, but during the Japanese occupation it was used as a laundry. The first non-white person to be invited to the club was the Sultan of Perak. When Malaysia gained independence in 1957 more Malaysians were admitted as members. The first Malaysian to become a member of the Club was Eu Tong Sen, a tin miner. Eu was also the donor of the present Long Bar, which was cut from a single tree. The previous long bar was destroyed by the Japanese.

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    St Michael's School.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 11, 2014
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    St Michael's in Ipoh belongs to the La Salle Schools Group. The De La Salle Brothers are a Roman Catholic teaching congregation founded in France by Jean-Baptiste de La Salle who lived from 1651 to 1719. There are two St Michael's Primary Schools and one secondary school in Ipoh.

    The secondary school is a beautiful building bordering one side of the Pedang. In 1912 Father J.B. Coppin of St. Michael's Church came up with the idea of building a school. The school opened on the 4th of December, 1912, with just 37 students.

    I enjoyed watching the children playing cricket in the playground.

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    The Kinta Riverfront Walk.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 10, 2014

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    We had booked into the Kinta Riverfront Hotel for three nights. When we arrived, we found the area in front of the hotel to be filled with colourfully illuminated trees. These are of course fake trees placed there by the hotel to beautify its surroundings. Still it was beautiful and the walkways by the river were lined with cafes and restaurants. The air was filled with live music from the restaurants/bars and the walkways were filled with people cycling or walking while enjoying the illuminations. It is possible to hire a bike here. There were also a couple of convenience stores and a tin mining museum.

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    Railway Square at night.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 10, 2014

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    We arrived in Ipoh at around 8.20pm. It was already dark and when we emerged from the railway station onto Railway Square we found lots of people sitting around enjoying the cooler evening temperature while watching the fountain show. The old colonial buildings around the square, such as the railway station itself, the town hall/former post office and magistrates court were beautifully illuminated.

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    Ipoh Railway Station

    by DaHongHua Written Oct 24, 2013
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    Ipoh Raiway Station is one of the oldest railway station in Malaysia. Now this station is modernise with double tracks travel to south or Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The northern double track is being built, full operation of it is expected end of 2013 ( most probably being delay to a new date ).

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