Friday, February 7, 2014

FREE Things To Do In Ipoh, Perak


Now, it's Perak's turn. Again.

I know, I know, I have been blogging on Perak like crazy last year and it ain't gonna stop (with the snap hand action and all [boleh bayangkan tak?]). Hahahhahaaa.... For those who want a quick getaway from the city and are bored with the 2 hours drive to Melaka, why not head up north to Ipoh instead, a true gem in the rough. And the best thing is that, you can self drive to Ipoh or take a train (ETS) there, easy peasy. And you can even start your walk from the train station itself.

So, there's 2 ways of doing this in Ipoh :

1) FREE Walking Tour (offering 2 routes - map + contact detail at the end) or
2) Create your own walk, allow your eyes to lead the way.

Let's start!

Death Railway Monument
Located just outside the Ipoh Train Station next to Ipoh’s first musical fountain. Since 2013, the Remembrance Day that commemorate warriors who had died in the World War I and II, the Emergency, Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation, and those who perished at the Thailand-Burma Death Railway. 

Death Railway Monument
Address : Ipoh Railway Station, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Perak
Entrance Fee : FREE


Ipoh Railway Station
Resembles Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Ipoh Railway Station shares the same type of architecture; "Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic" style, unique at that period of time. It was said that it was originally meant to be a hospital prior turning it into a station. Built at the height of the tin mining industry, it is managed and owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad that offers KTM train services and ETS services.

Ipoh Railway Station
Address : Ipoh Railway Station, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Perak
Malaysia Phone: +605 254 0481
Entrance Fee : FREE 


Ipoh Tree/Epu Tree
Ipoh tree or Epu tree is how Ipoh got its name. There are 2 Ipoh trees that can be found in Ipoh city, one is at Ipoh Railway Station and the other is at Taman D.R. Seenivasagam. It is said that back in the olden days, the Ipoh trees was seen everywhere as the sap is used by the aborigines for their blow darts for it is poisonous in nature.

Ipoh Tree/Epu Tree
Address : Ipoh Railway Station, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Perak
Entrance Fee : FREE


Ipoh Town Hall
Neoclassical in style, the Ipoh Town Hall and Law Courts are located at the opposite of Ipoh Railway Station, complementing the British Colonial feel of this city. Built in 1917, many official event have been held here, in fact it was served as the district police headquarters and post office in 1940s.

Ipoh Town Hall 
Address : Ipoh Town Hall, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Perak
Entrance Fee : FREE


Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The Birch Memorial Clock Tower is located  in front of the Ipoh State Mosque. Standing still since 1909 and designed in Victorian style, it was a dedication to the first British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch, who was assassinated at Pasir Salak on 1875. What fascinates here is that there are 2 levels of this tower, the first represents loyalty, justice, fortitude and patience, which is the four "Virtues of British Administration" and the second level of the tower are of colorful murals, indicating 49 famous professions of different eras ranging from scholars, soldiers, astrologers and sculptors.

Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Address : Jalan Dato Sagor, Ipoh, Perak
Entrance Fee : FREE


Want to know more, check-out the map below and follow it closely. Go rediscover Perak, a gem in the rough!


 Ipoh Heritage Trail Map 
(courtesy of Google)


 A #VMY2014 #Perak Media Fam Trip in collaboration with #GayaTravel





5 comments:

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Very useful list. Always looking for free stuff to do!

Azra said...

This is what i've been looking for... been meaning to take a short weekend trip to Ipoh by ETS but tak tau mane nak start and mane nak tuju ... tq for the good info!

NEKCIK said...

mengimbas kembali kehidupan nekcik sebagai pelajar poly UO 79 -81..bjalan kaki dari new town ke old town setiap weekend..carik pau ..ronda ronda..nice memory of Ipoh

Lily Riani said...

duncan,

feel free to explore... there's more too, in KL and everywhere else but not much coverage tho :(

azra,

sila sila.... a bunch of us pun nak buat road trip nih.

nekcik,

lau kat mana tuh? leh terjah again and again :)

Tom said...

Great post about the attractions in Ipoh! Check out our post on the Top Things To Do In Ipoh and let us know what you think!

Happy Travels Everyone!

Tom,
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