Perak

Perak, Malaysia: Tin Mining Town of Gopeng [SP]

Posted on December 6, 2013

The Gopeng Heritage House exhibits antiques from the tin mining heydays of Gopeng in Perak, Malaysia. Before the state capital of Ipoh grew in prominence in the late 19th century, the town of Gopeng, 20 km south, in the Kampar district of Perak, Malaysia was the premier tin mining town, where, as a result of the economic boom, people came to spend money on opium, gambling and women, among many pursuits. The town was populated by an eclectic group ofRead More

Perak, Malaysia: The Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar [SP]

Posted on December 5, 2013

Baitul Anor – one of the royal mansions near Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia While the city of Ipoh boasts of British colonial architecture and Chinese shophouses, the former capital of Kuala Kangsar, located 30 km north of Ipoh, impresses visitors with the Malay-Islamic architecture of its royal residences, mansions and mosques. Since the 18th century, this riverside town has been the official seat of the Sultanate of Perak. With its peaceful lanes and gardens, Kuala Kangsar makesRead More

Perak, Malaysia: Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site [SP]

Posted on December 4, 2013

The 11,000 year old Perak Man is the oldest, most complete human skeleton found in Southeast Asia Something I’ve associated the most to the state of Perak in Malaysia from high school science lessons is its eponymous archaeological discovery, the 11,000 year old remains of Perak Man – the oldest most complete human skeleton in Southeast Asia. It was was discovered in 1991 in Guah Gunung Runtuh cave in the Lenggong Valley.Last year, four archaeological open-air and cave sites inRead More

Perak, Malaysia: Heritage Tour of Ipoh [SP]

Posted on December 3, 2013

Ipoh – a city where heritage meets the hills. View from Perak Tong Cave Temple. The capital of the state of Perak, Ipoh – just two and half hours by bus north of Kuala Lumpur – started out as a small town at the highest navigable point of the Kinta River in the 1820s. It later grew in prominence at the turn of the 20th century when more British tin-mining companies were set up near the city, surpassing the popularRead More

Perak, Malaysia: Lost World of Tambun Theme Park, Hotel & Spa [SP]

Posted on December 2, 2013

Jumping off the 65-foot high platform of the Needle of Tambun! Whether it’s relaxation, excitement or thrill, there’s something for everyone at Lost World of Tambun, an integrated resort located at Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia. Designed like a lost civilization (something like Egypt meets the Mayans), the scenic resort combines a theme park, hotel and hot springs resort, all cradled within the Jurassic karst mountains of the tin mining valley. Watch the daily tiger feeding shows at Tiger Valley  UponRead More

Perak, Malaysia: Kellie’s Castle & Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge [SP]

Posted on November 28, 2013

Built in 1915, Kellie’s Castle is an unfinished mansion in Perak, Malaysia believed to be haunted The state of Perak, few hours north of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, is best known for its historic landmarks and tin mining heritage set amidst dramatic limestone hills. One such example is Kellie’s Castle (sometimes also called Kellie’s Folly), located near Batu Gajah and about 20 minutes’ drive from the city of Ipoh. The unfinished, ruined Moorish Revival-style mansion, was built by a ScottishRead More