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Recommended place to explore in Ipoh

Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens

Spectacular natural cave with wonderfully breezy shady benches to sit on and admire the view, sweet monkeys in the car park, lovely lush gardens with lily pad lake. Limestone cave temple on 12 acres with Buddha sculptures & a garden with a reflexology footpath.

Art of OLDTOWN

Well cared for old town bustling with restaurants and local food vendor that you will be spoil for choice. Easy to get around and has night market on weekends.

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

he country’s first Hakka Tin mining Museum, Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ipoh. The entry to the museum is only allowed to the club members and their guests and the tour appointments can be made online. The museum exhibits the highlights of tin mining process of the early days. It also tells about the unethical activities of the club members in the past named as Four Evils that enticed the Hakka miners. The exhibits also tell in detail about the journey of Hakka people from China to Ipoh.

Concubine Lane

According to the locals, Concubine Lane was built by mining tycoon Yao Tet Shin for his three wives. Each lane was fittingly named Wife Lane, Concubine Lane and First Concubine Lane. While another version of the local tale is that it was also the place where rich men hid their mistresses. Today, Concubine Lane is the most famous lane, having been transformed into a popular hangout with a variety of pop- up stalls selling delicious ice balls, flower shaped cotton candy and more.

Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple

Sam Poh Tong or Cavern of Three Precious in a Chinese Buddhist temple built within a raw limestone cave in the mountains and is one of the oldest, most famous cave temples in Ipoh. It is also the largest cave temple in Malaysia. The temple dates back to the 1950s and a stiff climb of 246 steps will lead you to an open cave with an panoramic view of Ipoh and its surroundings. The temple community of Buddhist nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to the teachings still occupy the Sam Poh Tong till this day. The temple also offers visitors the chance to release turtles into its turtle pond as a means of balancing one’s karma.

Lost World Of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun is Malaysia’s premier action- adventure family holiday destination. A wholesome family experience awaits you behind the majestic limestone walls with everything from rides to adventure thrills you could possibly imagine from an eco- amusement park.

Kellie’s Castle

Sitting atop a hill which was a rubber estate earlier, the Kellie’s Castle was built by William Kellie Smith, who wanted his home in Malaysia to be just like his home in Scotland. Set amidst the lush greenery, the ruins of this huge castle exudes an aura of mystery and believed to be haunted. The castle also believed to have several hidden rooms, passages and underground tunnels. Today the castle is a popular tourist attraction in Ipoh. The construction was halted because of Kellie’s death. It also houses a statue of William Kellie Smith in white suit and hat.

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

This limestone area was explored way back in 1880 by a Malay tin miner, whereby the mining activities were carried out in the caves here. This area was also turned into an iron ore mining area which developed a disrupted landscape area such as the swampy areas and lakes. The Ipoh Local Plan Study 2020 outlined the 111.93 hectares Gunung Lang Area as the Stage 2 Environmentally Sensitive Area and needs to be conserved. The only developments permitted for this area are eco-tourism, research and education. The uniqueness of the limestone formation also attracts visitors as it is situated close to the Ipoh city centre.

Perak Cave Temples

Perak Tong Cave Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ipoh. Surrounded by the scenic landscape this cave fast first discovered in 1926. Since then the place has grown to be known amongst the best cave temples and famous tourist spots. Inside the temple sits the 40 feet tall Buddha statue. On the edges are four smaller statues of guardian deities. The cave walls are adorned with colourful frescos and Chinese calligraphy.

Gua Tempurung

The Gua Tempurung cave is one of the attractions that let tourists dive into the deeper and darker mysteries of the past. Covering a total length of about 4.5 Km, the cave is one of the longest in Malaysian Peninsula. Here you can find three huge chambers as well as magnificent structures of stalagmites and stalactites.

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

Birch Memorial Tower was built in 1909 in memory of the first British Resident of Perak J.W.W. Birch, who was assassinated in Pasir Salak in 1875 by followers of a local Malay chieftain, Datoʼ Maharajalela. It is interesting to note that this memorial project was put into motion by the British Resident of Perak in 1905, E.W. Birch, the son of J.W.W. Birch. The memorial, built at a cost of $25,000, is described as a square decorated tower where each corner is a figure representing the four virtues of British administration: Loyalty, Justice, Patience and Fortitude. On the four civilisation panels around the tower, one can find forty-four notable historical figures portrayed. One of them was the last Prophet of Islam which was unfortunately painted over in the 1990s due to objections from the Muslim community to the depiction of the Prophet.

Ipoh Town Hall / Old Post Office

Also designed by A.B. Hubback, the architect for Ipoh Railway Station, this Neo-Classical-style building was constructed in 1914 and completed two years later. While the front of the building was the town hall, the east end of it was the Post and Telegraphs Office in 1928. In 1945, the Malay Nationalist Party, the first political party formed in Malaya, held its inaugural congress here. Today, Ipoh Town Hall, having undergone restoration works over the years, still stands majestically. The hall is available for rent from the Ipoh City Council and is used for various official banquets and social functions.