This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. The Ubudiah Mosque located on the hill near the Royal Palace was completed in 1919. There is a royal masoleum on its left.
The architecture is Moorish in style. There are often school tour buses coming for visits. As it is a holy place, better to be conservatively dressed if you want to enter the mosque compound to have a closer look or use the restroom.
Ample parking outside for photography. The gleaming golden yellow is resplendent.
Istana Kenangan is now a museum. It is located just next to sprawling compound of the current Royal Palace.
As the old Palace, it was built here on the hill slope to avoid the river flooding of the Kangsar river that has swept away earlier palaces.
The architecture is stunning visually with the royal yellow prominently displayed. Hopefully, the renovation will be completed soon and visitors can enter and admire the inside architecture of this beautiful old palace in greater details.
So for the time being, just nice to take a photo from outside. There is an information plaque outside too to read.
At the bottom of Bukit Chandan, there is a fairly new Gallery of Sultan Azlan Shah, the current King of Perak showing the many beautiful items that his Majesty has collected or being given over the years as the King of Perak and while serving as the King of Malaysia - the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Agong of Malaysia.
His majesty is respected for his legal education and support of sports especially field hockey with the annual international invitation men's field hockey which is played at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Field in Ipoh, the capital of Perak.
Worth a visit if you are in Kuala Kangsar during the opening hours of the Gallery.
The Royal Palace is called "Istana Iskandariah" after one of previous King (Sultan) of Perak. It was built on this hill Bukit Chandan to avoid the perennial flooding of the river.
The Palace was completed in 1933 and has been where each new King of Perak is installed and serves as the King's residence. One of the previous King used to open his palace ground on his birthday to become a temporary casino. Gambling is banned in Malaysia except in Genting Highlands, Pahang. So this was a royal waiver and during this time, the previous King will be out of town. Unfortunately or fortunately depending how you view it, this practice has been stopped when a new King was installed.
It is however possible to drive around the perimeter of the Royal Palace and admire the minarets and the green rolling compound.
The Clock Tower is an important icon of Kuala Kangsar and is located in a roundabout at the heart of this royal town.
It is near the riverside where the prewar double storey terraced shops are located in three rows of street and across a small bridge to Bukit Chandan where the royal buildings and mosque is located.
There is a market near the river where handicraft are sold.
Interestingly there is a fighter plan displayed near the Clock Tower.
The Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) held its Centennial Celebration in Year 2005. Despite being an ALL BOYS college, it is so close to my heart as I was born and raised here for 11 years. My late father was a teacher here then.
Eversince I left this place in 1985, a lot of changes has been made to it but the main building is still as it was when I left....well except for the newly painted building. Built in year 1905, the school is meant for the royal families then. The current Sultan of Perak also studied here before he left fo his law studies overseas.
Now, any boys qualified have a chance to be one of this prestige college students.
For a note the house where I was born is no longer there. It has been demolished to make way for the 'Surau' - place for Muslims prayers. Funny enough though, the abandoned swimming pool - my elder brothers's playground as a kid - across the road is still there.
Kuala Kangsar owes its strategic importance where the tributary Kangsar river meet the mighty Perak River whcih is an important mode of transport during the days when Perak was covered with jungles and swamps of tigers and venomous snakes.
There were large royal barges that used to ply along Perak River until the sea.
Since the discovery of tin in Ipoh and Taiping, these two urban centers have overtaken Kuala Kangsar. But KK remains the royal town of Perak where the King resides overlooking the Perak River.
There is a famous Victoria railway bridge and two major road bridges over the river near the town.
You can drive across the bridge to the Malay village of Kampong Sayong.
This place is famous for the "Labu Sayong" which is a unique Perak black colored pottery, gourd shape for containing water. It has become iconic for Perak.
You can stop and see how this labu is made and buy different sizes for use or as souvenir and decor.
Kuala Kangsar being a royal town in Perak is home to many of the early educational institutions and schools first set up.
These include Clifford Secondary School and the fully residential Malay College of Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). Many of Malay aristocracy and Malay political leaders studied at MCKK forming the old boys network.
The MCKK was even featured in postage stamp issue by Pos Malaysia.
As we enter Kuala Kangsar City Center, Perak Riverside Park is only ten minutes drive, it was a big river with its brown color water, a white Bright bridge across the river, a small port for boating, a food stall and Art and Craft market
I gave it a pass during my last visit to Kuala Kangsar. Then, I dont know what I have missed for not visiting Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah.
For a mere RM4 (less than USD2) ticket, it is really worth a visit. It opens daily to visitors. Check the 3rd pic for full info.
The items displayed inside is the closest that you can get to the royal family. It consist of 3 buildings with the main one housing the sultan's personal belongings way back to the day when he was the state hockey player up to the moment he scored Hole in 1 @ 2 different golf course and much more!.
Story of his life started when he was a boy...errr pardon me, a prince; a hockey player, a judge, a king & a simple being who was born into the royal family whose ancestor starts way back from Sultan Muzaffar Shah of Malacca.
Dont miss the Car Gallery on the other building. The 3rd building housed all the gifts from other country during his visit as the King of Malaysia.
How I wish there is NO "No Camera" signage in the gallery!
After a short stop at Masjid Ubudiah, continue your journey to Istana Kenangan.
During my recent visit, it is still closed for restoration but the security guard was kind enough to allow me to take a few shots of this unique Perak Royal Museum. It was originally built as temporary mausoleum for Sultan Iskandar Shah while waiting for the completion of Iskandariah Palace.
It is very unique in its own way coz it was built WITHOUT USING A SINGLE NAIL! What more, the building is still standing strong till today.
As far as I remember during my last visit INTO the museum in year 1989; it housed the royal personal collections and family photographs.
Hope your next visit there, the museum is reopen for visitors.
Eventhough u wont be able to enter it, you surely need to pass it to reach Istana Kenangan. So, drive slowly & choose the right spot to snap a photoe or two to add to your personal collections.
Iskandariah Palace was built on top of the hill overlooking Perak River. As you pas by the main entrance, u would be able to see the river from the parking space.
The pic here was taken from the left by the road side. Lucky there was no traffic!
Eventhough you are not a Muslims, a stop here is a must if u happen to be in Kuala Kangsar. Masjid Ubudiah (pronounce as U-boo-dee-yah ) is the name given to this mosque which construction started back in September 1913.
Ubudiah is an arabic word means 'to surrender onself to Allah Al-Mighty". The 28th Sultan of Perak - Sultan Idris Shah - made a vow in 1911 while convalesing from illness in Port Dickson that he would build a mosque if he recovered. The mosque was only completed in year 1917 and sadly to say that the Sultan did not live to see its completion as he pass away in 1916.
In year 2002, the current Sultan has instructed to restore the mosque to its rightful glory. The restoration works completed in year 2003, in time to celebrate the royal higness 75th birthday.
Visitors are allowed in the compound at any time but to go inside is only from 3pm to 4pm. There is another session but I forgot the time :-P The rule is simple, u can visit out of prayer time and do remember to check the proper attire to go inside. Head cover & robe are provided at the entrace if u ever decided to go in.
In Kuala Kangsar, you will much greenery. There are many old trees.
The town is surrounded by mountains and the heavy annual rains keep everything very green.
In fact, it was in Kuala Kangsar where the first rubber tree was planted in Malaya after the rubber seedling were smuggled out from Brazil, grown in Kew Gardens, England and then taken to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Malaya.
So the wet and humid weather of Kuala Kangsar helped started the rubber industry of Malaysia.