Ipoh is almost surrounded by dramatic limestone hills which give an impressive backdrop and are the site of cave temples.
Perak Tong, a limestone cave temple
Scenic view Monkeys that live at Cave mural inside Perak Tong Buddhist priest
Within the huge limestone caves of Gunung Tasek, 6km to the north of Ipoh, nestles the Perak Tong temple. Built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China, the temple houses over 40 Buddha. Beyond the main altar, a passage leads into the cave's interior. After a steep climb of 385 steps, the cave opens again to reveal a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.
The golden entrance to Sam Poh Tong Beside the famous Sam Poh Tong
Another famous cave temple is the Sam Poh Tong temple, located in Gunung Rapat, 5km south of Ipoh. The temple is an impressive work of art and faith, with various statues of Buddha among natural stalactites and stalagmites. There is also a pond where visitors can feed tortoise, (symbol of longevity) with stalks of vegetables and a wishing well for those seeking better fortunes. Outside the temple is a vegetarian restaurant. The vegetarian restaurant is open daily for lunch only.
Lime Hills, Kek Lok Caves Kek Look Tong Garden Si Kuan Yin Statue
These picturesque structures nestled within the high limestone caves and cavities located near Gunung Rapat are a sight to behold. There are impressive works of art, with statues of Buddha in various forms among natural stalactites and rock formations. One can savour vegetarian food, served here at the temples, in peaceful surroundings amidst lotus ponds.
Gua Tempurung or Tempurung Cave, Perak's best kept secret, is a must visit if you are an adventurous person. It is located at Gopeng, just 24km south of Ipoh. There are many unique and fascinating limestone formations in the cave. There are a few challenging cave exploration packages that are very exciting where you need to climb, crawl and slide. There is a shuttle bus and tour service at Medan Gopeng bus station in Ipoh. It takes about 30 minutes to get there.
Hindu temple pagoda style
The Jalan Ipoh Chettiar Temple
Gunung Cheroh, Ipoh
Cultural Hindu festivals such as Deepavali and Thaipusam are widely celebrated in Ipoh. Kallumalai Arul Migu Subramaniar, set amongst the limestone hills, is not to be missed.
It is located at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh and was officially open to the public in 1992. Among the interesting artefacts on show are the history and development of Ipoh and the mining and forestry industry of Perak. Among others it has been home to the Malay Chieftains of Kinta and the British rulers. When the British Administration took over the building, the British built several air raid shelters around the building. The museum is open everyday (including public holiday) except Sunday from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Admission is free.
The fresh atmosphere and variety of flora are the main attractions of this park in Ipoh. Children can enjoy several recreational and amusement facilities such as the roller-skating ring, a playground and a mini-train course.
A 15-minute minute from Ipoh towards Tanjung Rambutan brings you the foot of a limestone hill where a rejuvenating experience awaits you - an invigorating hot bath from a natural spring. The bath is open daily from 3.00 pm to 12-30 midnight. The facilities include saunas and restrooms.
Kellie's Castle, the deserted mansion of an eccentric English planter, is in Batu Gajah, half an hour's drive from Ipoh city centre. Its main appeal lies in the belief that it is haunted and that secret passages leading to hidden chambers exist.
The Lost World of Tambun Water theme
The new RM60 million water theme park "Lost World of Tambun" is located in the historic town of Ipoh in the middle of the North-South corridor in Perak
The park will provide a
much-anticipated family leisure attraction for anyone in the area.
It's expected to attract 450,000 visitors annually.
The theme park is landscaped with vines, creepers and lush tropical plants to give the illusion of a Lost World.
The theme park is two hours drive north from Kuala Lumpur and one-hour and a half drive from Penang. It opens from 12:00 noon until 7 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, school and public holidays, the park opens at 10:00 a.m. It closes on Tuesdays except if the day falls on Malaysian school and public holidays. The entry fees are RM21 per adult and RM16 per child.
Famous bars in Ipoh - Y2K Bar in Medan, Rum Jumgle in Tambun, Y2K in Ipoh Garden, Stair Way and Shuttle in Greentown Mall, Mikes Place, Planet Rock.
Pasar Malam (Night markets). One of the favourite activities by local people is to visit wet market. There are many stalls that sell food and groceries. There are many wet market locations around the city, depending on the day of the week...
Ipoh Parade Kinta City
Ipoh's popular shopping destinations include Ipoh Parade, Kinta City, The Store, Greentown Mall, Giant, Tesco, Yik Foong Complex as well as many other smaller shops and stalls.
River Kampar offers great excitement with its relatively safe rapids for activities water rafting.
Pottery. Often missed by most visitors is the fact that Ipoh produced potteries for export. A good place to shop is along Jalan Kuala Kangsar which offers ample range for selection.