Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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Ipoh, Malaysia

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

address: Jalan Dato Sagor / Jalan Dato Maharajalela, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Birch-Memorial-Clock-Tower-Ipoh.jpg, The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated.
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated.

The civilisations panel at about 1/3 of height of the tower represents the growth of civilisation and shows famous figures of world history.  It also included an image of prophet Mohammed but was painted over in the 90ies after Muslim objections.



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Ipoh Heritage Trail
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The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s. ... more
Hotels in in Ipoh
Things to do & see
Ipoh Heritage Trail
The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s. ... more
Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated. ... more
Things to do & see
Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc. ... more

Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen. ... more