(18 September, 2005)
Ipoh Travel Tips
is a guide for you to visit, discover and enjoy Ipoh (GPS: 4.60085, 101.07769), the state capital of Perak
Ipoh (Chinese: 怡保, Pinyin: Yíbǎo) is a medium-size city in Malaysia. It is located between Penang and Kuala Lumpur
. Since being accorded city status, the Ipoh City Council or Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh, includes smaller towns such as Chemor, Jelapang, Falim, Menglembu and Tanjong Rambutan. Historically however, Ipoh referred to the Old Town and New Town, two areas divided by the Kinta River at its heart, from which the city grew.
Location of sights in Ipoh on the map
The map below shows sights in Ipoh outside the Old Town and New Town.
Places of interest in Ipoh by category
- Ipoh Old Town
- Ipoh New Town
Categories of sights in Ipoh
- Bakeries in Ipoh
- Bridges in Ipoh
- Cave Temples in Ipoh
- Chinese Medical Halls in Ipoh
- Chinese Temples in Ipoh
- Clan Associations in Ipoh
- Government Buildings in Ipoh
- Historic Buildings in Ipoh
- Hotels in Ipoh
- Mausoleums in Ipoh
- Modern buildings in Ipoh
- Monuments in Ipoh
- Mosques in Ipoh
- Museums in Ipoh
- Parks in Ipoh
- Restaurants in Ipoh
- Recreation Clubs in Ipoh
- Schools in Ipoh
- Shopping Malls in Ipoh
- Streets in Ipoh
- Tourist Attractions in Ipoh
Streets in Ipoh
- Belfield Street
- Hale Street
Places near Ipoh
- Tanjung Rambutan
- Ulu Kinta
Petrol Stations in Ipoh
- BHPetrol Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.620709, 101.080375)
- Petron Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.623537, 101.081126)
- Shell Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.621612, 101.080579)
Excursions from Ipoh
If you are spending a few days in the Ipoh area, here are suggestions for day trips from Ipoh.
Ipoh Railway Station (18 September, 2005)
A Brief History of Ipoh
The name Ipoh is said to have come from a local tree, pohon epu, which is now more commonly known as pokok ipoh. This plant produces a poisonous sap that is used by the orang asli for their blowdarts. Ipoh is also known as san seng in Chinese, which means "hill city" in the Cantonese. This probably refers to the many limestone outcrops around the city. An old nickname for Ipoh is City of Millionaires, referring to the vast fortunes made during the days of the tin and rubber industry.
Being in the rich tin-bearing Kinta Valley, Ipoh was a boom town in the 1920s and 30s. When the price of tin collapsed in the 1950s, it resulted in the closure of many Ipoh tin mines, stagnating the growth of the town, and propelled its population to seek employment in other parts of Malaysia. Ipoh has a reputation of being one of the cleanest cities. It is also well known for its clear water supply, which allows it to be a choice producer of vegetables, especially bean sprouts.
The interior of Nan Thien Tong, one of the cave temples in Ipoh (19 August 2006)
Ipoh is famous among the people of Malaysia for its food. Ipoh people claim that their water supply, which is relatively hard (high alkali content) owing to Ipoh's location on top of a large karstic formation, makes the food especially tasty.
Ipoh is particularly famous for its "Sar Hor Fun", a flat white rice noodle taken with shredded chickehn meat and prawns. Folks from other towns often stop over in Ipoh to enjoy the dim sum if they arrive in the morning, and the nga choi kai, a dish of chicken and bean sprouts, if they come in the evening. Ipoh's Hakka Mee and yong tau fee is also popular.
Ipoh, like many major towns in Malaysia, has its share of heritage buildings. Unfortunately, a good number of them are today in a run-down state. Some, like the Pasar Bulat, is no longer standing, although it continues to appear on guidebooks (something which AsiaExplorers, being a web-based information provider, am able to update immediately). As I continue to write and document about the buildings and sights in Ipoh - as I do about the rest of Asia - I hope that this effort will generate into greater awareness and appreciation for these beautiful buildings, and that more effort will be invested to conserve them.
Most visitors reach Ipoh by car or bus. Exit the North-South Expressway (E1) at the Jelapang Interchange (Exit 141), if you're coming from Penang. If you're coming from Kuala Lumpur, exit the expressway at the Ipoh Selatan Interchange (Exit 139).
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