Discover Ipoh, the heart of Malaysia’s Perak state, where echoes of old-world charm blend with vibrant street art and culinary feasts, offering an enriching urban escape. Read more

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Visit Ipoh in 2024

Ipoh, the capital city of Perak, is a former tin mining town where history and heritage coalesce with modern Malaysian culture. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Ipoh is a gem waiting to be uncovered by the discerning traveler. The city’s colonial past is evident in its historic buildings, such as the majestic Ipoh Railway Station and the Town Hall. Ipoh is also known as a culinary hotspot, particularly famous for its creamy chicken and prawn curry noodle dishes, silky bean sprout chicken, and flaky egg tarts. The city's renaissance has seen its streets and alleys adorned with creative murals that tell stories of its culture and history, enticing a new generation of Instagram-savvy visitors. The surrounding limestone hills, which house magnificent cave temples, add to the dramatic landscape, making Ipoh a blend of natural and urban attractions with a laid-back charm that’s hard to resist.

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Ipoh Railway Station

Affectionately known as the ‘Taj Mahal of Ipoh,’ this historic station combines colonial architecture with modern transport facilities.

Kellie’s Castle

An incomplete, ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter, with a blend of Western architecture and Indian design, rumored to be haunted.

Ipoh Wall Art Murals

Stunning street art by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, scattered throughout Ipoh’s Old Town, breathes life into the history and culture of the city.

Perak Cave Temple

A large temple built within a limestone cave, it features impressive stalactites and murals with a tall Buddha statue and a view from the hilltop.

Concubine Lane

A charming alley with quaint shops, cafes, and a storied past, ideal for a stroll to soak in the local vibe.

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

A museum set in a restored Hakka miners' club house that delves into the history of the Hakka community in Ipoh.

Gua Tempurung

One of the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia, offering guided tours of different lengths and difficulties.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

A scenic village with a small lake, cultural exhibits, and vintage props and buildings, offering picturesque spots for relaxation.

Ipoh Heritage Walk

A guided tour that takes you through Ipoh's historical buildings and landmarks, providing insights into its colonial past.

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

A man-made lake surrounded by stunning limestone formations, perfect for leisurely boat rides and picnics.

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In and around Ipoh

Ubudiah Royal Mosque (23.01 km)

Amidst the regal charm of Kuala Kangsar, the Ubudiah Mosque stands as a pinnacle of splendor, with its golden domes gleaming under the Malaysian sun.

Cameron Highland (36.59 km)

Escape to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s quintessential hill station, where lush tea plantations and strawberry farms stretch across misty valleys, offering a cool respite from the tropical heat.

Lumut (63.31 km)

Lumut, a serene coastal town, is often hailed as the gateway to Malaysia's enchanting Pangkor Island, boasting tranquil beaches and a relaxed ambiance.

Penang (123.26 km)

Embrace the allure of Penang, an island that weaves a tapestry of cultural diversity, historic charm, and culinary delights, standing as a proud testament to Malaysia's rich heritage.

Kek Lok Si Temple (125.7 km)

Perched on Air Itam hill, the Kek Lok Si Temple stands as a beacon of tranquility and devotion, representing the harmonious blend of Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals.

Taman Negara (149.08 km)

Embark on a journey to Taman Negara, Malaysia's premier national park, where ancient rainforest whispers tales of biodiversity and adventures await in its verdant embrace.

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