The Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017

24 July 2017



Ipoh Cultural Parade parades its way into records book


IPOH: It was a day to remember for 2,296 participants of the Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 as they made their way into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for the largest cultural parade in the country.

The programme organised by Tourism Perak, with the cooperation of the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI), involved 55 contingents and 120 floats parading over a 2.8km route around Ipoh in front of thousands of visitors today.
The parade, which started at 7.45am, was held in conjunction with PCCCI’s 110th anniversary and Visit Perak Year 2017.

The participants included school students, non-governmental organisations and private companies.

PCCCI is organising a series of events this year to mark its 110th-year milestone.


24 July 2017

Ipoh’s largest cultural parade enters book of records

IPOH: Organisers of the Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 have earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).

The Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) was recognised for organising the Largest Cultural Parade.

Some 2,296 individuals from 54 groups, marched or danced their way along the 2.8km route.

The parade included 120 beautifully designed floats from schools, arts and cultural groups, NGOs and private companies.

The cultural parade was also the first to make a mark on local history by celebrating Malaysia’s diversity.

The performances included cultural wedding dances, caklempong (a gong ensemble) and lion and dragon dances.

The parade started at Padang Ipoh at about 7.55am and passed through main city roads.

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The Haven Lagoi Bay, Bintan

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Oct 18, 2015

Bintan is undergoing a revival, with two new properties up and another 10 on the way

More hotels to open in Bintan’s new Lagoi Bay and Treasure Bay

Malaysian real estate developer Superboom Projects has broken ground on a 26ha beachfront property in Lagoi Bay, which will include a five-star 300-room hotel, a 1,000-seat convention centre, eight condo hotels, 32 villas, commercial space and a full range of amenities, including restaurants, sports facilities and a boardwalk. It should be completed in eight years.


Bintan Island
Island in Indonesia
Bintan Island is part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, a short boat ride from the city of Singapore. Its northern Lagoi area is an upscale resort destination offering championship golf courses, secluded beaches and diverse water sports. The northeastern Trikora strip is a less-developed coastline. To the south, the provincial capital, Tanjung Pinang, has Dutch colonial architecture and a rich history as a trade port.
Area: 23,188 mi²
Population: 334,875 (2010)
Highest Point: Gunung Bintan Besar (360 m)

Jakarta Globe

The Haven in Bintan, a Jewel in the South China Sea


As today’s lifestyle becomes more hectic and stressful, many of us dream of retreating to a calm and pristine place that we can call home. In this home away from home, we can withdraw from all the worries of the world, recharge ourselves and enjoy precious time with our loved ones.

But as the world’s population swells to over seven billion, these idyllic places are becoming harder to find. Many of those that are naturally pristine and secluded usually don’t have the necessary infrastructure to support a comfortable modern lifestyle.
For those of you who love the sun and the sea you may want to consider the tropical island of Bintan as your second home. A green jewel in the South China Sea, between Sumatra and Singapore, the island has been a secret getaway for local and international tourists for decades. Among Bintan’s charms are its unspoiled nature and wildlife, genuinely friendly and honest people, as well as its rich traditional culture. Its government and people have also done a great job in maintaining the island, which is very clean and orderly.
You can reach it by flying from Jakarta to Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Riau Islands Province. Visitors from Malaysia and Singapore can also reach the island by ferry.
The main attraction in the island is the Bintan Resorts at Lagoi Bay. The 18,000-hectare stretch of land, along the northern coast of Bintan, is maintained by Bintan Resorts Cakrawala (BRC), a joint venture between Indonesian and Singaporean companies.
The area currently boasts 13 international-scale resorts and luxury residential properties and four award-winning golf courses, all within a 20-minute drive from one another.
Last week the regionally acclaimed Malaysian developer, The Haven Sdn. Bhd., started initial development on The Haven Bintan Resort at the Lagoi Bay.
The Jakarta Globe was invited to Bintan to witness the project’s groundbreaking.
Prime location
“When we were first invited by the BRC to come (to Bintan) and see what they have, about four years ago, we were quite astounded that such a beautiful place, so close to Singapore, was so underrated,” said Peter Chan, CEO of The Haven Sdn. Bhd.
Chan likens Bintan to Hawaii of the East.
“Advantages that this island has to offer are clean air, clean water, good people, [good] infrastructure and very, very safe [environment],” he said.
“I’ve been told that in the last 17 years here, in this resort area, there has not been one crime reported,” said Chan.
The Haven Bintan will occupy 26 hectares of prime seaside real estate around the Indah Beach on the northern tip of Lagoi Bay.
The Indah Beach truly lives up to its name. The white sandy beach, which overlooks the South China Sea, is fringed with gigantic rock formations, clear rivers, tall pines and coconut trees.
The developer has dubbed it as “Asia’s Pride, South of the South China Sea.”
“It overlooks north to eight great countries, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, and so on,” said Chan. “That’s why we’ve come up with eight great blocks facing the South China Sea.”
Among the planned developments of The Haven Bintan are condotels, hotels, convention centers and shops.
Eco development
“We will not destroy anything,” said the CEO. “We’ll not destroy any sea [or] any rivers. We’ll not cut down any major trees. We’ll only clear the bushes.”
“We’ll not cut down any slopes,” Chan promised. “We’ll keep the mangrove swamps intact. We’ll be 99.999% environmentally friendly.”
The Haven Bintan will have modern facilities that accommodate three generations — kids, adults and senior people. There will be an expansive playground and water theme-park for children, as well as gym and sports facilities for adults in this resort area.
According to the Chan, the whole area will also be friendly for people that have a disability.
“We’ll have minimal steps,” he said. “So, you can use buggies or wheelchairs to go around the whole development area.”
Singapore-based architect firm DP Architects is in charge of its planning and development.
The total development, which costs about 1 billion Singaporean dollars, will take about eight years to complete.
There will be five phases of the development. In the first phase, which is expected to be completed within two or three years, they will build two towers of condotels.
“[Condotel] is serviced condominiums that can also be rented out as a hotel [rooms],” said Chan.
Each tower will have studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom panoramic suites, ranging from 500 square-feet to 2,000 square-feet in size.
“It’ll be a good second home,” said Chan.
Their prices start from 275,000 Singaporean Dollars for each suite.
Their target customers are Indonesians, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Chinese, people from the Middle East, Americans and Europeans.
“Most of the advanced countries in the world have temperate climate,” said Chain. “They’ll love the hot weather here. And it’s also a chance for them to see the sun and the sand.”
The temperature in Bintan Island usually ranges between 27 and 32 degrees Celcius. Other than a few rainy days, the island enjoys a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round.
The developer is expecting to sell 50 to 60 percent of the properties within the first year of the development.
Local support
BRC’s group general manager Abdul Wahab also attended the groundbreaking ceremony of The Haven Bintan.
“This event marks another important milestone for Bintan Resorts,” said Abdul.
According to Abdul, BRC has invested more than 1.5 billion Singaporean Dollars to build modern facilities and infrastructure to support the luxury resorts within the area.
At present, BRC is also building an international airport in Busung, Teluk Sebong District, which is within 30-minute drive to the resort area. The development of the airport is expected to be completed in 2017.
“[With the new airport], we’ll be connected to the international market,” said BRC group general manager, Abdul Wahab. “People [from all over the world] can come to Bintan Resorts directly.”
The regent of Bintan, H. Ansar Ahmad, also welcomed the arrival of The Haven Bintan.
“I, on behalf of the local government and the people of Bintan, welcome the arrival of The Haven,” said the regent. “We hope this project will also attract other investors to come to Bintan.”
The Peak

29 June 2015

The Haven ready to develop ‘Hawaii of South East Asia’

BINTAN: Multi-award regional developer, The Haven Sdn Bhd, is venturing into their first overseas project here, with the development of the The Haven Bintan Resort, which is set to be the The Hawaii of South East Asia.

It would also propel the developer, from The Pride of Ipoh (Malaysia) to The Pride of Asia.

The Haven had emphasised its “condotel resort” would be exclusively environment friendly.

The developer performed a ground breaking ceremony on the 24ha site at Lagoi Bay last Saturday, while the foundation laying stone for the project would be held in two to five months.

Also present were several local government and resort officials.

Speaking to reporters after the launch, Chief Executive Officer of The Haven, Peter Chan said: “We assure the nature and environment of these natural settings will not be destroyed during construction work.

“We want to make it a top tourist destination … only boardwalks will be placed at the mangrove areas and no trees will be chopped.”

“Bintan is under rated and not exposed and we see the island as the potential to be the Hawaii of South East Asia.

“Bintan Island is perhaps the last unspoiled pristine frontier in a resort location in Asia that is close to conveniences of city living.

“In this case it is Singapore as Bintan is in close proximity with the Republic which is a 50 minute ferry journey.”

The completion of an international airport on the island is another catalyst for the development and tourist attraction.

Currently there are 10 hotels and four golf courses on the island.

The environmentally-friendly development will consist of hotel, convention centre, condotels, villas, shops and commercial retail.

The development would see the rise of eight of the tallest, largest and most exclusive towers in the entire Riau Islands Province (Kepulauan Riau).

Dubbed as “Asia’s Pride, South of the South China” the resort’s strategic position allows it eight condotels to directly face South China Sea and its eight countries and eight great rivers flowing into it.

Chan said the development of the project would be completed in five phases with the first phase of a 26-storey condominium with 300 rooms expected to be ready in 2017.

“We are currently in negotiations with partners locally and overseas for the development of the project.”

Chan pointed out The Haven brings a concept that not only enables visitors to relax within a beautiful, calm and exclusive location with pristine nature.

“Also a chance to invest and yield many fold of returns from their investments in the years to come,” he added.

Group General Manager of P. T. Bintan Resort, Abdul Wahab who was present at the event, said: “We are looking forward to (The Haven) to come to Bintan Island.”

He also noted to date some 500,000 tourists had visited the island.

According to him, the first Ironman competition in Indonesia would be held at Bintan Island on August 22 and 23.

“Some 800 participants from 47 countries had confirmed their participation in the event which will be another step to put the island on the international map.”

28 June 2015

Property Insight

The Haven Unveils Outstanding Environmentally-friendly Condotel Resort in Bintan, Indonesia


Regionally Acclaimed Developer, The Haven, Sees Bintan Island As The Hawaii of South East Asia

Bintan, Indonesia, 28 June 2015: Multi-award regional developer, The Haven Sdn. Bhd., today unveiled plans for an outstanding development of The Haven Bintan Resort in Bintan, Indonesia. The project will soon propel the developer from being The Pride of Ipoh (Malaysia), to The Pride of Asia.

The environmentally-friendly development, consisting of hotel, convention centre, condotels, villas, shops and commercial retail, is strategically located at Lagoi Bay. The development will see the rise of eight of the tallest, largest and most exclusive towers in the entire Riau Islands Province (Kepulauan Riau).

Dubbed as “Asia’s Pride, South of the South China Sea”, The Haven Bintan’s strategic position allows its eight condotels to directly face South China Sea and its eight countries and eight great rivers flowing into it.


Peter Chan, CEO of The Haven said, “Bintan Island is perhaps the last unspoiled pristine frontier in a resort location in Asia that is close to conveniences of city living; in this case, Singapore. Bintan is in close proximity with Singapore, being only 40 kilometres (50 minutes by ferry) away. I consider Bintan as The Hawaii of The East. The Haven site is surrounded by three pristine water bodies of sea, river and lake. These are the key reasons that have convinced us to be part of the region’s development.

We bring a concept that not only enables visitors to relax within a beautiful, calm and exclusive location with pristine nature, but also a chance to invest and yield many fold of returns from their investments in the years to come. The Haven Bintan makes it ideal as a second home for people from not only Singapore and Indonesia, but from the rest of Asia and the Middle-East as well.

The Haven’s concept of condotel caters to both discerning home dwellers and hotel guests. In the past year, The Haven Ipoh has garnered international acclaims such as Asian’s Best Resort Residence and World Luxury Hotel awards. To date, the developer of The Haven has received 29 awards, and still counting, nationally and internationally. The Haven’s developments in both locations of Ipoh and Bintan with lush grounds, are both environmental and handicapped friendly and the Haven Brand distinguishes itself in luxury and in its catering to all, both young and old, to all three generations, of child(ren), parents and grandparents.

The design of The Haven, in Bintan, crafted by DP Architects, is designed to be iconic and offers 360 degree views of amongst the most breath-taking views in this region.

For more information on The Haven Bintan, please visit The Haven website at or contact us at

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The Ipoh Railway Station, Ipoh War Memorial and Birch Memorial Clock Tower…

Memories of childhood spent at the Birch Memorial Clock Tower: 1953-1959

I remember the Birch Memorial Clock Tower. We lived in the Old Town in a shop house beside Concubine Lane. The Clock would strike every quarter of an hour and then the full hour, and listening to that, we knew the time.

In the evenings, we played at the Clock Tower. The slope on one side was perfect for sliding down on cardboard.

The Ipoh railway station is a Malaysian train station located at the south-western side of and named after the capital city of Ipoh, Perak.

Ipoh Tourism Board Official Website



The Ipoh railway station was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century as such before being turned into a station. The original completion year of 1917 was delayed for three years due to lack of construction materials as well as high costs during World War I. Designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, it was first constructed and opened in 1935, making it the second concrete station to be constructed in the town.

The Ipoh station was used as a shooting location for the film Anna and the King, starring Jodie Foster. The building also houses the hotel called the Majestic Hotel.

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War Memorial Ipoh


This memorial commemorates the fallen of the Perak-region in the First and the Second World War. Those who fell in other conflicts are also commemorated.


  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Flickr


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From Wikipedia

The clock tower was constructed to commemorate James W. W. Birch and unveiled in 1909 at a cost of $25,000.

The clock tower is located in a square with a portrait bust and four panels illustrative of the growth of civilization. It has a mother bell and four smaller bells which used to strike the chimes.



Lonely Planet

The clock tower, with its 6ft 6in bell, was erected in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident. Birch was murdered in 1875 at Pasir Salak by local Malay chiefs. The friezes on the clock tower are meant to illustrate the growth of civilisation, featuring figures such as Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin. A figure representing Mohammed has since been erased.

The road on which this memorial stands has been renamed for one of Birch’s killers. Today they are considered nationalists while Birch is remembered for his disregard of local custom.



The Birch Clock Tower, A Memorial To J W W Birch, The First British Resident Of Perak

Source: Ian Anderson, Ipoh / Kinta Properties Group

Unveiled in 1909, the Birch Memorial, can be described as a square decorated tower with a portrait bust and four panels illustrative of the growth of civilisation. The tower was erected on the table-land of Ipoh Old Town at the cost of about $25,000. A dedication to J W W Birch, the first British Resident of Perak, who was assasinated by the Malays at Pasir Salak in 1875, could be found beneath the site of a bronze bust of Birch in the north-facing niche, but the bust has since disappeared.
At the corners of the belfry, mounted on pedestals, are terracotta figures, representing the four, so-called, Virtues of British Administration – Loyalty, with sword and shield, Justice, blind and carrying a sword and a pair of scales, Patience, unarmed, and Fortitude, with a calm face and bearing a spear.

On the four civilisation panels around the tower, 44 famous figures in the world history are portrayed, although the image of the last Prophet of Islam was painted over in the 1990s due to objections from Muslims to the depiction of the Prophet. Above adapted from 1999 Janus Print & Resources – Published by the Perak State Government.

Interestingly enough the son of J W W Birch, E W Birch, also became the Resident of Perak in 1905 and it was he who personally put into motion the project to build a memorial to his father. This soon found approval from the government…

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Tambun Pomelo Farms

21 March 2017

Citrus maxima, is a natural citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a large grapefruit, native to South and Southeast Asia. The pomelo is one of the four original citrus species from which the rest of cultivated citrus hybridized. Wikipedia

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Fancy cheap, farm-fresh pomelos?

Budget-conscious shoppers can shop for pomelos at lower prices at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park in Tambun. Pix from Google earth

IPOH: Budget-conscious shoppers can shop for pomelos at lower prices at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park in Tambun.

It is the only orchard chosen by the state government to showcase pomelo farming to tourists from Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Owner Chin Too Kam, also known as Tambun Chin, 71, has been in the pomelo business for 40 years.

“I used to sell my pomelos to middlemen for RM8.

“They then sell the fruits at their stalls or shops for double the price,” he said.

“I don’t make profit like those days. I sell my fruits at my orchard.

“Those who want cheaper fruits can buy them here.”

Chin said the haze had a big impact on pomelo orchards in Tambun.

“The trees did not flower because of the smoke.

“So, they produced fewer fruits for Chinese New Year.

“The flowers are used to make pomelo -scented aromatic room spray,” he added.

“It helps those with insomnia.”

He said the blossoms were popular with tourists who tended to purchase large amounts.

There are 90 pomelo trees in Chin’s orchard and, in a good season, a single tree can produce around 200 fruits.

“This time around, we only produced 80 pomelos per tree.”

Chin said the Goods and Services Tax on fertilisers was an added burden for pomelo farmers.





Tambun Pomelo – Malaysia Vacation Guide

Tambun Pomelo


How To Choose A Good Fruit

If you are new to this fruit, it is best taken when it is fully ripe and have plenty of juice.

  • The fruit that is riped should be heavy which indicate that there is plenty of juice in the pulp.
  • When riped, the pulps would have opened which means that the centre bottom of the fruit should be hollow. Press the centre bottom of the fruit to determine that the fruit is ripe.
  • Tap the skin gently and listen to the sound. If the sound is not deep, it means that the rind is thin. A thinner rind is a better choice as it means that it comes from a matured tree.

Notice the hollow centre of the fruit which indicates that the fruit is ripe



7 Unknown Benefits of Pomelos

The pomelo is an unusual member of the citrus fruit that has a surprising number of health benefits for those people willing to do a bit of searching for it. These impressive health benefits of pomelos include its ability to boost the immune system, improve digestion, lower blood pressure, reduce cramping, prevent anemia, boost bone strength, reduce signs of premature aging, prevent cancer, protect heart health, aid in weight loss, and boost oral and dental health.

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The Kinta Tin Mining Museum, Kampar


Address: Lot 126026,, Jalan Batu Karang, Taman Bandar Baru, 31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

Open today · 9AM–4PM

When you arrive at the place…


There are security guards and an office.


Things to be seen










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Gopeng, a quaint little town…

Gopeng is a town located in Mukim Teja, Kampar District, Perak, Malaysia. It is situated approximately 20 km south of Ipoh, the state capital. The town is located on the west side of the North-South Expressway stretch of Tapah-Simpang Pulai.

When you drive off the main road into the little town of Gopeng, you see many old shophouses.

Then you might come to the open-air market on Market Street or Jalan Pasar.


And you might just see cages of ‘live’ chickens (that’s a rooster!) and ducks…


However, I’m keen to locate the wall murals, so I walk around and cover quite a lot of distance…




There are murals of tin-mining activities, which is unsurprising since Gopeng was a town that tin built.


The most important tourist attraction is the Gopeng Museum.


The Gopeng Heritage House 


Open Time : 9.00am – 3.00pm(Only Open On Saturday & Sunday) Admission is free
Address : 6, Jalan Sg Itek, 31600 Gopeng, Perak.
Tel :    016-542 1287(Phang Sek Hong)


The moment one steps inside the Heritage House Muzium Gopeng, a visitor would be able to recapture the simple yet dazzling lives of the people of Gopeng some 125 years ago through the numerous antiquities, antiques, old furniture and calligraphy paintings on display.

Wang Kun-xiang, the financial controller of the Heritage House, has a special preference for antique collection and has desired to establish a nostalgic house that would show the modern residents the bustling life, culture and customs of people living in the town more than a century ago.

On the ground floor, there is a barber shop, kopitiam and a feng shui air well filled with bonsai trees and relics from the near past. Up above, living areas have been decorated and filled with priceless decorations and furnishings that accurately reflect what life would have been like for a middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century in Gopeng, and indeed the surrounding areas.

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The town center of Gopeng

The High Street or Jalan Tasik in Gopeng town with rows of old and classic shophouses.

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Teluk Intan and its Leaning Tower…

5 things to do in Teluk Intan – Tourism Malaysia Official Blog


5 things to do in Teluk Intan

April 12, 2016

Teluk Intan is a small town that is just 2-hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Once known as Teluk Anson, (Anson Bay) it was named in honour of Major-General Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson who planned for its modern township in 1882. A century later in 1982, the name was finally cemented as Teluk Intan which translates to ‘Diamond Bay’, where Perak rulers once held court for hundreds of years.

With a rich history solidified by ancient landmarks and friendly townspeople, Teluk Intan is sure to provide lasting memories for every visitor.



For a town that is barely 127 square kilometres wide, it is surprisingly busy. With the town in constant motion, the hustle and bustle of people about their day allows for visitors to immerse themselves entirely with the pulse of the place. From it’s colonial architecture, to its accessibility to the river bank and its colourful shop lots, the different elements come together to give travellers a sense of paradise. It also has all the modern day essentials for the urban traveller with shopping malls, a movie theatre and fast food joints scattered around town.


Of course, no trip to the riverside town would feel complete without fishing! For a fetching price of RM300 a day, you have the option to rent a boat from the town’s jetty and fish the day away! The calming waters and the cool and crisp breeze could just be what you need to escape the routine lifestyle….


Menara Jam Condong Teluk Intan or the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is certainly a must visit. Built under the guidance of Leong Choon Chong, a 19th century contractor, this beautifully designed building was once used as a Japanese watchtower during World War 2 before becoming a national monument in 1957. Standing tall at height of 8-storey, this tower chimes every 15 minutes and only needs its mechanisms rewound every 7 days. Even though the tower looks like it has 8-storey, it actually only has 3 very tall floors. The lean of the tower is what makes it unique and is most prominent when standing in front of the tower. Although it is more of a tourist attraction nowadays, the tower was once used to store water for the town during a drought or in case of fire. A trip to Teluk Intan would certainly not be complete without a visit to this Malaysian wonder.

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Teluk Intan (formerly known as Teluk Anson) is a city in Perak, Malaysia.


Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

It is the center of Hilir Perak district and the third largest town of Perak state. Although the name means “Diamond Bay”, the town is not located near a bay. It is founded around the oxbow meander of the Perak River, making the town look like near a bay. The locals believe that in the future, the river’s flow will erode the narrow neck of the land between the loops of the meander and turn the town into an island.


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Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

Aug 9,2012 Author:Emily|


During my recent visit to Teluk Intan, I took the opportunity to climb up the Leaning Tower. I have been there a number of times, but not up the Tower. We could only climb up to 3 floors, although it looked like an 8-storey tower, but not everyone of us was brave enough to go all the way up as the stairs were quite rickety and narrow!
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The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan was built in 1885 by a contractor named Leong Choon Chong. This pagoda-shaped tower, with a base measuring 13 metres in diameter and a top measuring 8.2 metres in diameter, was originally used to house a water tank that supplied water to the town and as reserve during drought and fire. According to documents, it was also used to report time and served as a beacon to guide ships into Telok Anson Port. (Teluk Intan was formerly known as Telok Anson).

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Currently, the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan serves as a clock tower. The chiming clock was bought from London and installed in 1894. It was designed by J.W. Benson-Ludgathy.

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Ipoh is No. 6 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia for 2016…




Lonely Planet – Best in Asia

Can’t decide where to go in Asia in the next 12 months? Lonely Planet writers have explored the continent’s most electrifying cities, trekked through steaming jungles and even swum in bountiful seas to seek out the spots you simply cannot afford to miss. It’s a tough job but…

The result is a hit list of classic destinations offering a fresh twist for travellers, regions packed full of action and edge-of-the-map places you’ve probably never heard of. Read on to find out where you should go next in Asia.

6. Ipoh, Malaysia



Malaysia’s lesser-known food capital has new flair thanks to a crop of boutique cafes that have sprung up in its historic quarter. At the heart of Ipoh’s renaissance is otherworldly concept hotel Sekeping Kong Heng, replete with glass attic rooms and wall-free rooftop quarters. Art-cafes like Roquette, Burps & Giggles and Everyday Lifeshop have appeared nearby, among creaky kedai kopi (coffee shops) and elegant colonial buildings. But food pilgrims still clamour for Ipoh’s old favourites: Lou Wong’s chicken with crisp beansprouts, and tau fu fah (tofu pudding) at Funny Mountain. Wild escapes are close, like birdwatching by bicycle through Kinta Nature Park or whitewater rafting near Gopeng; and with clifftop temples and fragrant Gaharu Tea Valley nearby, Ipoh’s revival seems sure to tempt new crowds.

Introducing Ipoh

Ipoh is undergoing a quiet renaissance. Until now, domestic tourists seldom lingered beyond a weekend sampling ayam tauge (chicken and beansprouts) and Ipoh’s famous white coffee. Backpackers considered this pleasant, mid-sized city an overnight stop between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. These days, renewed enthusiasm for Ipoh’s heritage is seeing old shophouses restored, while new cafes and craft shops are springing up within historic buildings. Meanwhile, the ribbon is being cut on brand-new accommodation, from hostels to luxury hotels.

The key to enjoying Ipoh is tackling it by neighbourhood. Its pavements seem designed to shred sandals while its sights sprawl over a large area. Start with the old town’s charismatic laneways and revived period buildings. Grab a trail map to seek out the best heritage structures and street art. South of here, Ipoh’s Little India has glittering shops and some fine eateries.

East of the river in Ipoh’s new town, a cluster of canteens serve up regional classics like ayam tauge and some of the creamiest beancurd pudding around. Just north of this foodie hub are the city’s more upmarket hotels alongside the shiny Parade shopping mall. As Ipoh’s confidence grows, it’s an exciting place for an urban interlude, not to mention a convenient gateway for travel to the Cameron Highlands or Pulau Pangkor.

Sights in Ipoh

Founded in 1926 by a Buddhist priest, this cave temple is Ipoh’s most-visited and offers spectacular views. Located 6km north of Ipoh, the temple extends into a warren-like complex of grottoes, with a gleaming 40ft seated Buddha the highlight. Bright murals of Buddhas and saints adorn the cave walls, some painted as recently as the 1990s.

The clock tower, with its 6ft 6in bell, was erected in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident. Birch was murdered in 1875 at Pasir Salak by local Malay chiefs. The friezes on the clock tower are meant to illustrate the growth of civilisation, featuring figures such as Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin. A figure representing Mohammed has since been erased.


On the padang’s northern flank is this neo-Gothic, three-storey colonial school with arched verandahs, founded by the Catholic La Salle brothers in 1912. Not open to the public.

In Ipoh, the only genuine resort hotel is The Haven Resort Hotel 


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Lonely Planet’s top Asia spots for 2016

Updated 0011 GMT (0811 HKT) July 13, 2016

(CNN)Asia is the world’s biggest and most populous continent.

The region is enclosed by seas and oceans, and strewn with cities, rainforests and diverse landscapes that include Earth’s highest point — Mount Everest — and its lowest, the Dead Sea.
After dispatching its Asia-focused writers to trek through the continent’s natural and urban jungles, Lonely Planet has compiled its first ever list of Asia’s top 10 places to visit in the coming year.
“The result is a varied hit list of classic destinations offering a fresh twist for travelers, regions packed full of action and edge-of-the-map places you may never [have] heard of,” says Lonely Planet’s Asia-Pacific spokesperson Chris Zeiher.


Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia for 2016
1. Hokkaido, Japan
2. Shanghai, China
3. Jeonju, South Korea
4. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
5. Hong Kong, China
6. Ipoh, Malaysia
7. Pemuteran, Indonesia
8. Trang Islands, Thailand
9. Meghalaya, India
10. Taitung, Taiwan


Ipoh in Lonely Planet’s top 10 must-visits


IPOH: The Perak state government’s approach of making Ipoh city a “Hipster Town” has borne fruit as it is recognised as among the top 10 interesting destinations to be visited in Asia.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the approach had, among other things, revived some of the city’s old buildings like shophouses into quaint cafes which had drawn a certain kind of crowd.

“Places or spaces regarded as having historical value are given a facelift so as to have their own identity to attract visitors.

“Besides that, emphasis on highlighting culture and heritage can also bring more tourists to Ipoh,” he told reporters after chairing a state executive council meeting, here, today.

Zambry referred to the “Lonely Planet” portal, the world’s biggest on travel, which has placed Ipoh in sixth place as must-see tourist destinations in Asia this year after Hokkaido in Japan, Shanghai in China, Jeonju in South Korea, Con Dao Island in Vietnam and Hong Kong, China.

According to the website, the lesser-known food capital has new flair, thanks to a crop of boutique cafes that have sprung up in its historic district.

It also mentioned wild escapes, like birdwatching by bicycle through the Kinta Nature Park and whitewater rafting near Gopeng, for tourists.

Jan 20, 2017


Ipoh City ranked sixth most attractive destinations in Asia to visit by “Lonely Planet”, a travel portal in the world. Among the criteria to be considered as recognition of the existence of hipster cafes that grow around the town of Ipoh, especially in the Old Town and New Town.

Actually, the recognition that we have obtained from the “Lonely Planet” is not happening suddenly or accidentally without any control from the MBI as local authorities. It is a result of long-term planning that far through a series of development plans that have been prepared. Although development plans that serve as a guide for controlling the development has changed several times, but has continuity with the concept of continuing to maintain the building’s historic value and architectural and urban heritage. Policies to maintain the facade of the existing building in selected areas, especially in the Old Town area also continued.

Ipoh City Planning has begun since British rule in which “Ipoh (Kinta) Town Plan B3” or better known as B3 Plan was gazetted on 10 April 1931. It was made under the Town Board Enactment and Ipoh is the first local authority in Malaya in Malay States with urban planning. While Singapore was the first under the Straits Settlements or the Straits Settlement with urban planning. Administration Federated Malay States and the Federated Malay States Federated not be separated from the Straits Settlements. Ipoh Structure Plan gazetted in 1991 has listed 22 historic buildings to be retained in addition to the provision of guidelines for the maintenance of building facades and uniformity.

Local Plan Ipoh Central Planning Area was gazetted in 1997 also has listed 13 buildings to be preserved and maintained while providing several rows of police in order to maintain a uniform facades. Policies and guidelines as well as the listing of the old building continues in development plans after this like Ipoh Local Plan Special Area Plan 2020 and the town of Ipoh City Heritage tin 2020.

Now that there is an increased awareness and interest in maintaining the identity of the old building which has been proven to increase the market value of real estate or rental property. Based on these factors, the control to maintain the uniformity of the facade of the building and now has the support and cooperation of building owners. Ipoh still has a number of pre-war building, or pre-war buildings in Malaysia and the second largest after the Georgetown, Penang. As a local authority, MBI will take the opportunity to change the current trend to intensify its business, tourism in the Old Town area by providing incentives and help coordinate the activities of operators in the region.

Hopefully Ipoh City will be known not only in Asia but also the world.

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The Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village, Ipoh

8 March 2017


Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village



Managed by: QXL Events Sdn. Bhd.
Office Opening hours: 8am – 5pm
Venue Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Location: Perak
Type of Venue: Outdoor

The word “Qin Xin Ling” (清心嶺) can be translated into English as “Serene Hill”. It is…located in Ipoh of Perak…near Gunung Rapat. It is a different home stay experience in Ipoh, just conveniently located 10 minutes away from Ipoh town. At Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, we offer plenty lake side and outdoor activities such as jungle trekking, bicycle riding, barbeque, cam fire, fish feeding etc. Variety of old-styled colorful chalets, Suseiki Hall, camp fire place, barbeque facilities are available, suitable for individuals and corporate functions where corporate events, catering services, team building activities can be organized here.



Malay Mail Online

A walk through time at Ipoh’s Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

By Vivian Chong

An overview of Qing Xin Ling — the classic car is one of countless vintage collectibles on display here. — Pictures by Vivian Chong

IPOH, July 24 — The drive will take you through housing estates and towards the limestone hill range that looms in the background. Make your way in from the car park and you will see a signboard indicating the place as a Buddhist centre, while an “Entrance” plaque hangs above what looks like a makeshift walkway where you will be waved in.

Just as you think entrance is free, you notice a wooden village house painted a striking green where someone is waiting out front to exchange your ringgit for admission tickets.

The chalets are built in traditional architecture styles and sport vibrant coats of paint.

Confusing, random and eclectic — this pretty much sums up Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, sandwiched between two famous cave temples (Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong) in Gunung Rapat, about 20 minutes from Ipoh. It has been pulling the crowds for about two years now and visitors have nicknamed it Little Guilin, after one of China’s most picturesque destinations.

Its name, after all, means Serene Village in Chinese and it meets all the requirements needed to be one, with limestone hills surrounding a striking green lake.
In essence, Qing Xin Ling is a nostalgic showcase that aims to capture the charming days of yore, set within a natural environment that is the pride of Ipoh. There are no major activities or landmarks; it is simply a place to relax and take in the view. What it does offer in spades though are photo opportunities, especially if you have a penchant for vintage aesthetics.

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Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, Ipoh

Oct 25,2014 Author:Emily

z3.jpg1. Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

Translated into English as “Serene Hill”, Qing Xin Ling is Ipoh’s latest tourism attraction. This leisure and cultural village is free to visit at this time of posting, and there is no charge whatsoever, except for the chalets.

z4.JPG2. the first chalet to greet visitors

z53. chalets with verandas that extend out to the pond

Opened in August, 2014, it has thus far attracted some 10,000 visitors, with the majority of them taking obligatory photos of themselves selling food and drinks using the props readily available at the grounds of the village.

z1a10. 1950s drinks stall

z1b11. photography prop

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Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Kampar District, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. More than 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.

On Sunday, 9 April 2017, some of our younger staff and their frends visited Gua Tempurung. They shared several photos with us.





Gua Tempurung – Attraction Ipoh City

6 March 2017

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights


Will not elaborate on the view of cave because it’s impressive. If you go on wet tour (level 3 and level 4) please bring extra set of cloth and if you want to have some photos…read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Alor Setar, Malaysia


Gua Tempurung to be reopened

IPOH: Gua Tempurung, the largest limestone cave in peninsular Malaysia, will be reopened to the public from Friday.


State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the cave was closed to the public since Aug 13 last year for maintenance works related to safety.

She said maintenance works had to be carried out after Ikram Engineering Sdn Bhd inspected the platforms and steps from March 30 to May 18 last year while the Minerals and Geoscience Department had also performed a study on the cave structure on Aug 10 and 12 last year.

“The state government has worked hard to ensure that the maintenance works can be completed as soon as possible without compromising the environment in the cave which is highly sensitive,” she said in a statement here today.

She said maintenance works were completed on schedule on March 14 and the final inspection showed that the cave could be reopened, including both the dry path and wet trail, which also covers a subterranean stream.

The new complex will also have better facilities including 32 cubicle toilets, a guard house and a new monument to welcome Visit Perak 2017.

Although Gua Tempurung is about 4.5 km long, only 1.9km of it is accessible to the public.


Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung or Tempurung Cave

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. Though 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.


Dry Tour 1: Golden Flowstone

This tour takes you approximately 20 minutes to reach to platform 3 known as Golden Flowstone. You will be able to see the limestones that resembles a golden colour at this platform. Take a breather, snap some pictures and head back to the entrance of the cave. Total duration of this tour will take about 40 minutes.

Entrance Fees:

Adult – RM8.00
Children from 6 to 12 years old – RM4.00
Senior Citizen 60 years and above – RM4.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm everyday.

Dry Tour 2: Top Of The World

This tour package needs a minimum of 5 adults that takes you 50 minutes to reach to platform 5 known as Top Of The World. It is named so because this location is the tallest in the entire cave. Total duration of this tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Entrance Fees:

Adult – RM12.00
Children from 6 to 12 years old – RM6.00
Senior Citizen 60 years and above – RM6.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm everyday.

Wet Tour 3: Top Of The World and Short River Adventure

This tour package needs a minimum of 8 adults that takes you for a journey of about 2.4km. You will cover the Golden Flowstone and Top Of The World after which you will be guided back to the entrance using the underground river. Be prepared to get wet as you walk along the cold and crystal clear river. Total duration needed for the entire tour is 2 hours and30 minutes.

Entrance Fees:

Adult – RM15.00
Children from 6 to 12 years old – RM7.50
Senior Citizen 60 years and above – RM7.50

Tour Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm everyday.

Wet Tour 4: Grand Tour

This tour is the most challenging tour with a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. You will cover a distance of 3.8km from the start at the entrance to completion through the underground river. You will cover all the three tours mentioned above plus going towards the east end of the cave and coming back through the underground river.

Entrance Fees:

Adult – RM30.00
Children from 6 to 12 years old – RM15.00
Senior Citizen 60 years and above – RM15.00

Tour Time: 9:00am to 11:00am everyday.
Things To Bring

Remember to bring the following items to make your caving exploration a memorable one.

  • Sports Shoes
  • Torchlight
  • Drinking Water
  • Clothes to change for those who take the Wet Tour packages
  • Camera

Tiki Touring Kiwi

Caves are bad ass. When you enter a cave, you’re expecting an adventure. Peninsula Malaysia’s largest limestone cave certainly delivered, well eventually.I was looking forward to checking out Gua Tempurung cave after hearing about it in Penang. The perfect chance came up when I wanted to meet some friends living in Kuala Lumpur.


Before we knew it, we were shimming through small gaps, crawling through the rivers, jumping over gaps in the path and sliding on our bums up and down levels. Our Gua Tempurung caving experience was now at the gnarly level we were looking for.].


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