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......WELCOME TO IPOH ...... Ipoh, Perak

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                                                                                A shot of Ipoh town




                                                                                                                                                                            Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh

Most major Malaysian towns emerged in the late 19th century. The development of the western Malay states was initiated by Sir Frederick A. Weld, Governor of the Straits Settlements (1880-1887).

The assassination of Perak's Resident, J.W.W. Brich, though, had a negative impact on British policy towards the Malay states. Sir Frederick managed to convince the Colonial Office the British should actively promote the development of these states.

Ipoh (Perak state capital)



           The Bougainvillea City- Ipoh



Ipoh, the capital of the state of Perak in Malaysia, is situated in the Kinta Vally which was once the richest single tin field in the world. The city is located halfway between Penang and Kuala Lumpur and has its fair share of tourist attractions.

The city also has an abundance of imposing limestone outcrops. These jungle-topped hills, with their precipitous white cliffs, riddled with passages and caves, many of which have been made into cave temples.

In the early days, Ipoh's citizens became wealthy on the backyard of the tin mining industry. In 1884 the Kinta Valley tin rush brought an influx of Chinese immigrants to Ipoh. Many made fortunes and built opulent town houses. You can admire these houses in the old town area, where the Indians are having a 'Little India 'of their own.

The Chinese have created what is now, one of the Malaysia's best-preserved Chinatowns, the Old Town. And, still the Ipoh coffee in Old Town is the best so far. Save praise for that coffee.