|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventure
| Perak Tong
Perak Tong, a limestone cave temple, is located at jalan Kuala
Kangsar, 6km to the north of Ipoh. This temple houses over 40
buddha statues, the centre piece being a 12.8m high sitting buddha.
Beyond the main altar, there is a passage which leads into the
iterior of the cave. After a step climb of 385 steps, the cave open
agains to reveal a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.
On the walls of the cave, a visitor will find himself fascinated by
mystical mural paintings.
| Poh San Teng
The founder of this temple is the Chinese Kapitan, Chua Su Cheong
and the deity of the temple is Tua Pek Kong. In 1795, the Dutch
appointed Kapitan Chua built the temple for the purposes of worship
to the deceased buried on Bukit China.
| Railway Station
Built in 1935, the Ipoh Railway Station bears close resemblance to
its counterpart in Kuala Lumpur. Affectionately known to locals as
Ipoh's 'taj mahal', it is an impressive landmark which combines
moorish architecture with modern embellishments. The Railway
Station also has a hotel to accommodate travelers called the
majestic hotel. Fronting the building is a beautiful floral garden
that serves as a charming welcome for tourists to the city. As
according to the historians, Perak actually pioneered train travel
in malaya (the former name of peninsular malaysia). This is a great
reminder that the british were the first to lay down railway lines
to satisfy the transportation demands of the tin mining industry.
Located at jalan panglima Bukit Gantang wahab in the heart of Ipoh
| Sam Poh Tong
Another famous cave temple is the Sam Poh Tong temple, located in
gunung rapat. This temple, said to be the biggest cave temple in
the country, is an impressive work of art and faith, with various
statues of buddha interspersed among natural stalactites and
stalagmites. According to legend, the cave was discovered way back
in 1890 when a monk from china who was passing through Ipoh, found
the cave and decided to make it his domicile and a place for
meditation. The monk remained there for 20 years until his death.
till today, nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to buddha still
occupy the Sam Poh Tong. The present temple facade dates back to
the 1950s and a stiff climb of 246 steps will lead you to an open
cave with an excellent view of Ipoh city and its surroundings.
other attractions at the temple include a beautiful japanese pond
full of japanese carps and tortoises (symbol of longevity) located
outside the cave and a vegetarian restaurant. Located in gunung
rapat near the Kek Lok Tong, about 5 km south of Ipoh city.
| State Mosque
One of the most outstanding landmarks in Ipoh is the State Mosque
which is the pride of the people and symbol of the state's islamic
foundation.the main feature of this architecture masterpiece is its
minaret that rise 125' above its mosaic domes.