The Taiping Equine Park! why are we so for it!? It adds more flavour to Taiping and my family and I have simply "marked out" other travel destinations for the last 1 year and we keep heading back to Taiping when we can cause there is just so much to look out for, even though repeatedly! The Taiping Equine Park (TEP) is one of it! So love being able to be up close and just being with all the horses! Even if it means having to take on the odd jobs required to upkeep the place! :) It is just fun! fun! fun! Enjoy the photos !
Just minutes away from the Taiping Zoo, Yes!! you can walk over to the T.E.P. and be embraced with a company of horses! Be it for joy riding or even to take on a short course, the Taiping Equine Park is a beautiful, serene and pleasant new find at Taiping. The venue is also perfect for functions as it has ample areas to host up to 40 pax or so...from birthday parties, to company events to special moments with the family and friends. The horses are so majestical in their ways and are well maintained. It is perfect for a weekend's rendevous and my family and I would definitely be back again and again! The children were captivated. Many many more visits to this place for sure.
The Old Kota Mosque is a unique 6-sided structure at the junction of Jalan Kota and Jalan Masjid near the local bus station. Originally built by the Hanafi sect of Indian Muslims in 1893, the mosque was given over to the Malay community around the turn of the 20th century. From then on, it was regarded as a Malay mosque, even given the name Masjid Melayu.
King Edward VII School is the oldest English school in the Federated Malay States. It was founded in 1883 and was originally named Central School but, when the present school building was completed in 1905, it was renamed after the British monarch of that time, King Edward VII (reign 1901-1910).
The school excelled in sports, particularly rugby, which was introduced to the school by TJ Thomas in 1923. In 1933, King Edward VII School beat the Penang Free School in the first inter-school rugby tournament, making King Edward VII School synonymous with rugby prowess.
The Second World War was a bleak chapter in the school's history, as it was made the headquarters of the Malayan Kempetai with classrooms converted into torture chambers. Life returned to normal when the war was over and the school reopened with an increased enrolment. In 1954, King Edward VII School became the first school in the district to have a 6th form, and students from the surrounding region came here to attend class.
All Saints Church is a charming wooden church that was the first Anglican Church in the Federated Malay States. It stands on a plot of land donated by W.V. Drummond, an estate owner from Shanghai. The original structure was designed by Australian architect G.A. Lefroy and completed in 1886 and consecrated in 1887. Within its compound are the graves of British officers who died while on duty away from their homeland. Unfortunately, it was shut when I visited in Feb 2009 and so I couldn't get to see inside.
This temple is located opposite Taiping Prison and is reputed to be the oldest Chinese temple in Perak even though it doesn't look like it from either the outside or inside. It's nothing special so don't waste your time trying to come here if your time is limited.
The Temple for the Immortal Girl, or Ho Hsein-ku Miaou, is a temple dedicated to the worship of the Immortal Woman Ho. According to Chinese mythology, He Xiangu is one of the Eight Immortals, a group of legendary fairies. He Xiangu originates from Yong Prefecture in Linglin County, Hunan Province, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). When she was born, she had 6 long hairs from the top of her head. At the age of 14-15, she had a dream where a divine being appeared to her and instructed her to eat powdered mica, telling her it would make her immortal. It is believed that she ascended into the sky and became an immortal. The Temple shares the same compound as the Cantonese Association, or Kwan-Tung Hui-Kwan of Taiping. The association was founded by Kapitan China Chung Keng Kwee and other prominent members of the Chinese society in 1887.
The magnificent looking Larut Matang District Office, initially called the New Government Office, is a Victorian styled office building that was completed around 1897-8. It houses the Council Chamber, Offices for the Secretariat, Treasury, Audit, Education and Forest Departments. The New Government Office was built at the cost of $83,750, and replaced the original structure built in 1883.
A stroll around the town can be a pleasant experience in order to see the rather crumbling architecture. You are mostly protected from the elements by the arcades on both sides of the road, a typical architectural feature in most Southeast Asian towns. Some of the older buildings have retained their stucco façades with picturesque wooden shutters. Sticking out incongruously amongst these traditional two-storey brick and plaster buildings are more modern buildings, some of them rising four or five storeys. Mix these with some Chinese-style shophouses and you have plenty of character.
Wild boars used to visit the temple grounds of the Om Sakthi Sri Jada Muneesvarar Alyam Temple in small numbers but were seldom seen as they came in the wee hours of the night... The wild boars come from the secondary jungle in nearby hills bordered by Jalan Museum, Jalan Istana (Swettenham Road), Jalan Kamunting, Jalan Kamunting Lama and Jalan Taming Sari (Main Road), which runs for about seven kilometres...
As word of these nocturnal visits spread, many Chinese from all over the country started visiting the temple... The number of devotees has since increased... After the evening prayers (or pooja), they would feed the boars with fruit, split coconuts, sweetened milk rice, boiled peas and vegetarian food leftovers... As a result, more and more wild boars showed up... There are now between 40 and 100 come daily to look for food...
Buddhist monks from Kelantan visited the temple and while saying his night prayers in the temple, one of the monk saw a vision of Goddess Sri Ambal in a black saree, riding on a lion... The monk told temple authorities about the vision and advised them to look after the temple properly and not to indulge in trade in the name of the deity... The monk also told a hunter and a few devotees that the wild boars at the temple belong to Lord Muneesvarar and advised the hunter not to shoot the animals... But the hunter paid no attention and shot a boar... Later he was found dead bleeding from the nose...
I bet some of you have taken a roller coaster ride before.
Well, how about experiencing a roller coaster ride in a form of a jeep?
It is available here at Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hills). The jeep ride will take you from the base station up to the hill station situated 1024 meters above sea level. During the ride, you will experience up to 29 sharp bends surrounded by cool and refreshing jungles.
However, no need to worry because there will be no 360 degree turn.
A popular spot for locals and tourists is the Burmese Pools. It used to be a long hike to this river with many spots for swimming and picnicking. Now there is a tarred road which you drive straight to near the bridge over the river.
There is parking, place to shower, buy drinks and swimming floats near the bridge.
There are many stories as to how this place got its name. One of them was that druing British administration, there was a Burmese army camp which used to bath at this spot.
On the way from Lake Gardens to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), you will see a small, green, well maintained cemetry on both sides of the road for the Commonwealth Allied forces who have fallen during World War II.
Do stop at the road side for a moment for a photo and to remember those who have sacrificed themselves for their countries.
One of my favorite sights in Taiping is the waterfalls in the distance.
It can be viewed from the Taiping Lake Gardens as you approach the Taiping Golf Club.
The view is splendid to see the plunging white waters in the green verdant hill in the background of Taiping Lake.
The photo does not do justice. You can see it in the lower middle of the photo between the trees.
As in most major towns, the Taiping Municipality Building with the modernistic post-independence style is built with concepts of housing various offices and departments within same building.
Taiping is known as well kept town and so the staff and councillors working inside this building are doing a great house keeping job for the town.
In Malay, the town council is called "Majlis Perbandaran".
The check in was fast & no hassle. Payment is upon check-in. Cash & card is acceptable. Room is...more
No. 1, Jalan Samanea Saman, Taiping, Perak, 34000, Malaysia
Good for: Solo
very pleasant, rooms are not new but still everything is very nice at the start of the main street...more