Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ipoh Heritage Trail 1

Ipoh is the capital of Perak and it is the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia's main cities around the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry.

During my recent trip back to Ipoh, I had the opportunity to go on Ipoh heritage trails. This post will focus on heritage trail 1. Here is the map which I obtained from the tourism office.

If you are planning to do the trail in the morning, I would suggest to have breakfast at any kopitiam in Panglima Street and leave your vehicle here as well. Instead of following the sequence on the map, I focused on the following streets: Panglima Street, Panglima Lane, Belfield Street, Post Office Road, Station Road and Brewster Road. Interesting buildings in these areas...

Concubine Lane (24)

Dramatists' Hostel - built in 1920s (21)

Chung Thye Phin Building - built in 1907 (12)

S.P.H. De Silva Building - built at the turn of last century (11)

Mikasa Photo Shop (20)

Jan Sahib's Office (19)

The Chartered Bank (14)

Straits Trading Building (OCBC) - built in 1907 (13)

Mercantile Bank - built in 1931 (15)

Birch Memorial (18)

Perak Hydro Building (17)

Residence & Law Office of the Seenivasagam Brothers (16)

Hongkong and Shanghai Bank - built in 1931 (10)

FMS Bar & Restaurant (9)

After exploring this part of the town, I walked back to Panglima Street to explore two building prior to driving to railway station.

Perak Ku Kong Chow Association - built in 1928 (22)

Han Chin Pet Soo (23)

This is the bit that one may consider driving instead of walking. Perhaps the weather was a bit hot at that time, thus I did not walk.

Railway station - built from 1914 to 1917 (1)

Town Hall and Post Office - built from 1914 to 1916 (3)

High Court - built from 1926 to 1928 (4)

Church of St. John the Divine - built in 1912 (6)

St. Michael's Institution (7)

Royal Ipoh Club (5)

Town Padang Mosque - built in 1908 (8)

It was a wonderful journey and all this while, I did not know the history of these buildings which I have passed by or seen some of the buildings during my teens in Ipoh. But now, after went on the trail, I have learnt a bit of these beautiful old buildings. Hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed walking and taking photos of these lovely old building.

At the time of walking the trail, war memorial (2) was not available to public to due some construction work.

1 comment:

  1. oh kak! what a beautiful post! :) i have long to go to ipoh someday! lovely pictures as well.