IPOH ESCAPES

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Published on April 28, 2016 with No Comments

Once a sleepy miner’s town, Perak’s capital is all gentrified and revived, proving that what’s old can be new again.

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SEE Walk around the city on foot to marvel at unvarnished old British colonial architecture and heritage. The free Ipoh Heritage Walk (perakheritage.wordpress.com) takes you to the 100-year-old Ipoh train station that locals call the “Taj Mahal” where a specimen of the Ipoh tree, for which the city got its namesake, remains in the garden; past crafts and artisinal workshops and quaint backlanes.

DO The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum was formerly an exclusive miners’ clubhouse. Today, this faithfully-retained and preserved-in-its-original façade is a well-curated museum that captures the life of Hakka miners of before with thoughtfully-done dioramas. Entrance is free, though donations are welcome. Best to register your visit at ipohworld.org/reservation.

SHOP Ipoh (and Perak generally) is a foodie haven. Best things to take home are homegrown pomelos, egg tarts and kaya puffs. For non-food finds and curious, explore Pasar Karat on Memory Lane for antiques, trinkets and old Asian gems you’ll not find anywhere.

STAY Ibis Styles Ipoh Hotel is a slick, city pad. Modern interiors and fuss-free ambiance provide a relaxing stay. Ibis wins with its children’s playroom if you have tots in tow. And just 10 minutes from town, it’s easy access to all that’s in Ipoh.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily for connections to Ipoh.

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