Ipoh Old Town
The Old Town is located to the west of the Kinta River. Ipoh came into existence in the 1820s as a village at the highest navigable point of the Kinta River. It was less prominent at that time compared to the early mining town . From the turn of the 19th century, when more British tin-mining companies were set up in the city, Ipoh gained greater prominence.Influential institutions such as The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China Limited opened offices in Ipoh. Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities around the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry. During the British colonial era, Ipoh was Malaysia’s second city for administrative purposes. There are several notable buildings from the British Colonial era such as the railway station and the town hall. 70% of Ipoh’s population is of Chinese origin.
IPOH HISTORICAL OLD TOWN
Lang Mountains, Ipoh
Lang Mountain Recreational Park is located at Jalan Kuala Kangsar besides the North South Highway. Lang Mountain has a natural scenic view as its backdrop, comprising of limestone hills and lake, which attract visitors, both locally and from overseas. This 28-hectare park is developed jointly by Ipoh City Council and National Landscape Department in 1999. The main attractions here are the unexplored limestone hills range and lake. This park was officially opened by Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.
New development process is carried out under phase two programme. Various efforts have been made to combine the natural splendour with the modern and traditional elements. Along the park’s main access, there are a variety of colourful bougainvilleas plants, and 85 heliconia species which were especially imported from overseas.
Sweet smelling plants provide pleasant aromatherapy along the pathways. Amongst the experience that must not be missed by visitors is to take a boat ride around the lake which was used to be a mine before reaching the park area.
There are a variety of fishes, apart from lizards and snakes, in the lake. The hills at the park are decorated with natural flora and fauna. In the afternoon, visitors could see monkeys and birds, and if one is lucky, could even see some eagles. What is interesting, plants like orchids and local fruit trees are labelled with their name / species.
Lost World of Tambun Theme Park
IPOH LOST WORLD
The Lost World of Tambun is located in the town of Ipoh, ideally situated between Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The RM60 million water theme park is the biggest park there is in Malaysia.
The park is strategically located at the foot of Tambun Caves, which is famous for its 5,000-year-old Neolithic cave paintings. The 40-acre waterpark brings to life the ancient ruins and grottos of a lost civilisation. When you step foot at the park’s Lost World, you will get the feeling of wandering into a lost civilisation almost like those featured in the Indiana Jones and Raider of the Lost Arc movies. The pool is filled with hot mineral water from the Tambun hot springs, which is renowned locally for its therapeutic properties.It was a great challenge trying to create an environment and landscape that can ‘transport’ guests back to the ancient world.
Shopping Malls in Ipoh
There are several huge shopping malls in Ipoh, such as the AEON Station 18, Jaya Jusco (Kinta City Shopping Mall), and Ipoh Parade. Each of these malls offer a great and relaxing shopping experience and cinemas. There are also food courts, established franchise chain stores, cafes and various facilities such as bowling and arcades.
Ipoh Kinta Riverfront
An attraction of Ipoh City Center at night. There are various artificial trees lighted up at night with several local stores and cafes at night. Take a walk along some bridges which offers scenic views in Ipoh Kinta Riverfront.
Ancient Tempurung Cave
Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. About 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Located in Gopeng, about 24km south of the capital city of Ipoh in Perak, this limestone cave is one of the largest in Peninsular Malaysia. Although not as big as Niah Cave and Mulu Cave in Sarawak, beginners to caving exploration will be glad to know that this cave is easy to explore. The tunnel of the cave runs from the east to the west covering a distance of about 2km under the limestone hills known as Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah. It is made up of 5 large domes and is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C., about 10,000 years ago. It comprises of five huge domes with cielings resembling cocunut shells. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exist in differing temperatures and water levels. These caves are famous for its breathtaking gallery of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations that are superb speleological wonders, found only in this part of the world.
There are various tours into the caves being the main attraction here. These caves are located under the limestone hills and form tunnels that runs from east to west, nearly 1.9km in length. Visitors can experience these tours with specific requirements of prior preparation. Certain tours such as the River Adventure Tours require visitors to bring a change of clothes and shoes. Torch lights and safety helmets are available for rent.