This beautiful white building of classical Victorian style is one of the most impressive colonial building in Taiping.
It is located at the entrance to the Taiping Lake Gardens and has the town field where official events, marches and gatherings were held in the good old days.
Hope it will be preserved and conserved forever.
Taiping has many first in Perak, including the first post office.
The postal system is now privatized under "POS MALAYSIA".
It is a one-stop where you can pay your water bills, renew your driving license or open a government mutual trust fund.
If you are sending parcel or buying stamp, there is a separate dedicated counter. For all the other services, there is queueing electronic system where you press for a number and wait for your number to be displayed it is your turn.
Of course, I took the opportunity to send a postcard from this post office.
This is an older mosque with a tourist plaque enshrining its conservation heritage status.
There is an interesting opening at the main facade into the sky like a Mexican Catholic church.
Behind the mosque, from the road, you can see the traditonal Muslim tombs.
There are many mosques throughout Taiping, this one is the main official mosque.
It is definitely the largest and impressive with moorish and modern motifs.
Located right at the end of Jalan Panggung Wayang, it is busy especially for Friday afternoons. You will Muslim men with many wearing "songkok" over their heads and trational Malay outfit "Baju Melayu"
If you are at Taiping town, you can also consider exploring nearby attractions such as the town of Ipoh, Cameron Highlands (see my VT Cameron Highlands page) or the beautiful island of Penang which is famous for its beautiful scenery, beaches, architecture and very delicious food. VT member slliew has lots of great tips and photos of Penang (including pages of various locations in Penang), so do drop by and visit if you are interested :)
Taiping is kid-friendly with the zoo, museum, hill jeep, running streams for swimming and the many children playgrounds.
There are two popular playgrounds at Taiping Lake, one outside the Zoo and the other at the entrance of Taiping Lake from town.
I still remember two giant wide slides made of concrete that are still there after decades. It is a lot of fun for kids. Just remember to keep an eye on the sky because rain drops can fall anytime and so often in Taiping.
While you are taking photos of Taiping Clock Tower, you may as well drop in the Tourist Information Center housed inside the tower building.
You can gather information about Taiping tourist attraction, including going up and staying at Maxwell Hills (Bukit Larut) or a map for a walking trail.
There are many historic and colonial artefacts including a beautiful red telephone booth that was a "standard" across the colonies of the Imperial British Empire.
Taiping downtown is a collection of pre-war houses many dated back to early 20th century. Most of the buildings are two storey and you will find the town with a lot of old world charm.
It is grid formation with Jalan Kota and Jalan Panggung Wayang being the major parallel roads.
It easy to drive around within 15 minutes. There are ample parking with coin slot meter. Once you have a general overview, I suggest that you park your car and walk around. Use the five foot ways of the shops for shade and general walking safety.
Jalan Kota is the main drag and will lead towards the Taiping Lake Gardens.
If u got tha chance to went up the Maxwell Hill, dont miss to visit the tulips garden up there.
The flowers normally bloom in December up to February. During my recent visit only the red colour tulips are blooming.
There's also other type of flowers and a small cactus garden there. So dont miss it!
RM1/entry/adult during non-season
RM2/entry/adult during blooming season.
Note: Pictures, courtesy of Haris Tse
All the above at Maxwell Hill Taiping Perak!
My first trip up to Maxwell Hill was ages ago. I was 15 during a school trip to the North where we went up the hill by following the up & winding road.
Things have change so much ever since then.... My husband & I recently decided to venture up the hill - not hiking - but taking a ride up in a land rover.
At a minimal cost of RM4/adult (RM2/kid), u will experience a trip of a life time - a roller coaster ride, a Formula 1 turning - and if u cant hold it, you may not be able to control your dizziness & out there go your tummy contents!!!!!
U need to be early to get the tickets since there are limited trip per day. Ticket counter opens at 8am & u can choose the time slot u prefer. If u dont get any tickets & fit enuff.... no worries!!!! U can hike the hill using the same road. Based on my previous experience, it was a nice walk where u can stop & refresh yourself at the small waterfalls that can be found alongside the road up.
I really respect & amazed at the land rover's driver on how they maneuver the vehicle. Can u imagine yourself driving up a very very very steep road & taking a very sharp corner at the same time???? As the rover when up and even when we take the trip down, my hand was holding tight to the safety holder....
As any other high-lands, the weather up there is cool & fresh. The Perak state Government has taken an initiative of culturing tulips up there. When I was there, only the red colour tulips are blooming.
RM1 as entrance fee when its not the blooming season, otherwise its RM2.
There's also a small resort if you want to overnite upthere and the standard room cost only RM150/nite. Booking should be made true Kamal Lodge - a small new resort right after the War Cemetery.
A small cafe is also available to cater for your hunger. They served a delicious coffe latte!
Note: Pictures, courtesy of Haris Tse
The Taiping Railway Station is the first railway station to be built in then Malaya... and the first railway line is from Taiping to Port Weld (now re-named Kuala Sepetang)... Port Weld's activities with Taiping became closer when the railroad was built... Construction started in 1884 and the line was officially opened on 1 February 1885, transporting passengers and cargo from Taiping to Port Weld...
The original site of the Taiping Railway Station was situated at what is now the King Edward VII Primary School. The Taiping station was later re-located when the railway line was extended to Ipoh and Butterworth in the 1890's or early 1900's. This station still stands until today. As road transport improved and tin mining around Taiping diminished ,the rail service between Taiping-Port Weld was closed. The tracks remained until they were removed in the mid 1980's. The Port Weld Railway Station now has become a Chinese shop. The platforms has converted to roads by time. Only the small board that says 'PORT WELD' still remains. It is the only railway station sign board in Malaysia that has four languages, English, Jawi (Malay), Chinese and Tamil written on it. It is taken care by the Chinese shop keeper.
Its indeed free as these are all wild monkeys.
We urban ppl can easily get fascinated with the monkeys antics.
You wont miss it if you take a drive along the road within the Lake Garden. They bound to be families & kids feeding the monkeys.
Its Ok just to stop your car by the road side as long as u didnt disrupt the traffic flow.
It was my lucky shot of a 'mom' and her 'kid'
Pay a short visit here and say a prayer or two for those who die fighting for Malaysia independence.
Its located near to the Taiping Lake Garden, on the way to Maxwell hill.
The cemetery is well maintained and located on both sides of the roads.
It is here that soldiers from different backgrounds, races & religions are buried. The fight together, they died together and they rest in peace together...
A moment of silence for all the patriots....
Bukit Larut ( Maxwell Hill ) is a popular tourist site. It's quite near the Lake Gardens.
Take a jeep ( 15 min ) or take a walk ( 4 hr to the top ).
Stay overnight at one of those rest-houses/bungalows if you have the time and inclination. The night view of Taiping could be refreshing.
Everything is quite nearby in Taiping, one end to the other end of town is less than 2 km.
Rain trees form a spectacular umbrella over this stretch of road. Some of their branches just end up crossing road dipping into lake's water. My dad told me about what people used to tell him during his childhood ... that all these trees had been here for more than hundred years. During my teenage I always got fascinated by old trees. I think they are standing there just greatly enough to be admired.
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