With an array of exciting things to do in Ipoh, it is definitely one of the best tourist destination in the world. Some of the best things to do and visit in Ipoh are Lost World Tambun, Ipoh World, Gua Tempurung, Sam Poh Tong, Kellie's Castle, Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple, Gunung Lang Recreational Park, Muzium Darul Ridzuan, D. R. Seenivasagam Park, Japanese Garden, Gaharu Tea Valley, Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship, Birch Memorial Tower, Ling Sen Tong Temple, Nam Thin Tong Temple, Han Chin Pet Soo History Museum and Ipoh Geological Museum. Step back in time as you visit the old town of Ipoh, a place where times seems to have stopped. Ipoh’s major tourism centres around Limestone wonders whose exploration will give the adventure seekers a rush that they crave to have.Gua Tempurung caves are famous for their breath-taking gallery of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations.
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What to Do in and around Ipoh
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Sam Poh Tong Temple, Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located about 5 kilometers South of Ipoh. It is the biggest cave temple in the country, and is an impressive work of art. The main thing to see here are the statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites.
The history of Sam Poh Tong is that the cave was discovered in 1890 by a monk from China who was passing through Ipoh. He decided to make this cave his home and a place for meditation. He stayed here until the end of his life for about 20 years. Till date, monks and nuns who dedicate their lives to the Buddha and Buddhism still occupy Sam Poh Tong. The present temple facade dates back to the 1950s and is a stiff climb of 246 steps. It will lead you to an open cave with an excellent view of Ipoh. Other attractions of the temple include a beautiful Japanese pond which is full of Japanese carps and tortoises, which are symbols of longevity.Don't forget to checkout more things to do in Ipoh.
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2, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Lost World of Tambun is Malaysia’s top-most action and adventure family holiday destination. It offers you a wholesome family experience that awaits you behind the gates of this majestically themed park. There is everything here that you could possibly want from amusement park rides to eco-adventure thrills! This place also offers you Hot Springs and Spa by the night. It is the perfect place to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Just immerse yourself in their 100 percent natural mineral hot springs after a long tiring day. One can also opt for packages with or without hotels near to the Tambun Lost World for a more relaxing holiday. Also look out for Lost World of Tambun packages to avail the best offers. Checkout more things to do in Ipoh.
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3 Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh 30100, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Ipoh World is an education-based, non-profit organisation established in 2004. It`s main aim is to promote awareness and appreciation of Perak; the Silver State of Malaysia. In 2006 they hosted their first public exhibition “The Story of Ipoh: From Feet to Flight”, in cooperation with Darul Ridzuan Museum.
They have with them a broad variety of local postcards, photographs, artifacts, documents and supporting information from world-wide sources.You can also encounter an information archive in the form of a unique, searchable digital database.
This archive is also available for public viewing via the official website. To date they have documented over 7000 items covering a wide range of subjects across the broad spectrum of heritage and social history, based on photographs, documents, interviews, artifacts, books E-books and videos! Checkout more things to do in Ipoh.
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APT Consortium Sdn. Bhd., 8A Laluan Rokam 15, Pekan Razaki, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Gua Tempurung is a cave located 24 kilometers south of Ipoh. It is popular among spelunkers and is a must visit for caving enthusiasts. About 3 kilometers long, Gua Tempurung Ipoh is probably the longest cave in Peninsular Malaysia. A section of it has been developed as a show cave with walkways and electric lighting. Also, a fine river cave, the river passage runs for about 1.6 kilometers through the hill. There are three very large chambers.
The tunnel of the cave runs from the east to the west, covering a distance of about 2 kilometers. It is made up of 5 large domes and is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C.
Gua Tempurung comprises of five huge domes with ceilings resembling coconut shells. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exists in differing temperatures and water levels. These caves are famous for its breathtaking gallery of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations.
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31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Kellie's Castle was made with a purpose of being a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith back in the 20th century. This mansion has a Moorish architecture with rooms designed for Kellie's son and daughter. A living hall, a place of worship, a flat rooftop to cater for parties and an elevator half completed. It was also discovered that there are secrets tunnels, one of which leads to the Hindu temple through the Kinta River. However, this tunnel has now been sealed for safety reason. Kellie desired his new residence to be a replica of his home back in Scotland. The castle is perched on top of a hill. William Kellie Smith was a generous man who was widely popular with his South Indian workers. Kind at heart, he erected a Hindu shrine for his workers to pray on his estate. As a token of appreciation, his workers erected a statue of Kellie which matched his dressing and his most common gesture. The construction of this castle began in 1915 but was put to a halt post his death in 1926. Recently, efforts have been made by the Perak State Government to rescue this heritage site from eroding.
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Kek Look Tong, Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, Perak
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple is a tourist attraction situated to the south of Ipoh. The cave temple is spread over a 12 acre site and has been used ever since 1920 as a place of worship. In 1960 however, the cave became part of an iron mining site. The temple is set in a huge cave in the limestone outcrops around 5 kilometers south of Ipoh.The Kek Lok Tong complex comprises of a central altar and a number of Buddhist figures as well as various deities of the Chinese pantheon. The most unique thing about the caves is that their great garden views once you get inside the caves. The award winning landscape garden also offers you a jogging path surrounding two lakes and probably the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh.
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Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang,Off Jalan Kuala Kangsar,30010 Ipoh, Perak.
08:00 am - 06:30 pm
Gunung Lang Recreational Park is located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Road. Opened in October 2000, it covers an area of 30.35 hectares out of which 14.16 hectares consists of the lake. The park here is divided into two sections. The entire recreational spot is developed around a scenic backdrop of the limestone hills of Gunung Lang and Gunung Bilike.
One of the main attractions of Gunung Lang Recreational Park, Ipoh is the man-made cascading waterfall atop a limestone hill. There is also a 2 kilometers broad walk over the swamp and lookout towers. There are also other facilities like children’s playground, campsite, mini zoo, a prayer room and washrooms.
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Muzium Darul Ridzuan, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh,Perak
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Perak Museum was built in successful tin miner called Foo Choong Kit in 1926. Back then, he built it for his own private residence. It is believed that once upon a time, forty people were counted to be living here. In 1950 it was sold to the Perak Government. In 1992, this building finally went on to become a museum.Visitors can browse through the museum and learn about the history of Perak. Here, visitors can also learn about various characters that molded the state. There are plenty of pictures and information of the British administrators and rulers who played enormously significant role in the building of Perak and Malaya!
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Jalan Keliling Dalam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
This is one of the best parks in Ipoh! It has a bike park, rollerblading and skate park with ramps, a Japanese Zen garden, beautiful shaded grounds for picnics, well equipped playground, football fields, a lake, and many more facilities that are for you to explore. For those without bikes, the park rents out bikes at a very minimal rate. It is one of the best attractions of Ipoh to plan out a day with your entire family!
This is one of the best parks in Ipoh! The D.R. Seenivasagam Park is one of the oldest recreational parks in Ipoh and has a bike park, rollerblading and skate park with ramps, a Japanese Zen garden, beautiful shaded grounds for picnics, well equipped playground, football fields, a lake, and many more facilities that are for you to explore. The Japanese Garden is decorated and designed very tastefully with bamboo trees, rock arrangements and lanterns, making the whole presentation extremely beautiful. For those without bikes, the park rents out bikes at a very minimal rate. It is one of the best attractions of Ipoh to plan out a day with your entire family and create some great memories.
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Jalan Raja Di Hilir, 30350 Ipoh,Perak, Malaysia
05:00 pm - 09:30 pm
“Taman Jepun” in Malay language is a quaint, serene garden situated on Tambun Road in Ipoh. This Japanese Garden was established in the early 1960s. The park is a popular spot for couples. This garden is situated right next to the Perak Turf club in Ipoh. It is a quaint garden landscaped with tropical flowers, plants and trees including the quintessential Japanese bonsai plant and pond. This public park basically is a recreation of the aesthetics of a Japanese garden. A small Japanese house along with Koi pond and a wooden bridge across the stream are some of its elements that you should definitely look out for. The grounds are lush with a variety of beautiful tropical plants, flowers and trees. Also remember to look out for the colorful solar-powered floral clock on a slope, which was imported from Holland.
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Gaharu Tea Valley, Lot 9840, Mukim Sg.Teja, 31600 Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Gaharu Tea Valley was set up approximately 20 years ago, covering 300 acres of elevated grounds. At one point in time, there were approximately 200,000 Gaharu trees. Also because at that point 90% of the produce was to meet the demands from global markets primarily China, Taiwan, Middle East, China, Japan and Korea. According to stories that revolve around the region, the species that are grown on Gaharu Tea Valley were adapted from Japan and brought over to Malaysia by Gaharu Technologies. In this valley, tourists are able to enjoy expansive views of the Agarwood trees being grown in the area. Breathing in fresh air is just an added perk!
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Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship, Warisan Kapal Korek (Tin Dredge Heritage), 9th Km, Jalan Tanjung Tualang,31000, Batu Gajah, Perak
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
This ship, named Tanjung Tualang Dredge No. 5, or TT5, weighs 4,500 tons. It is supported by a pontoon of 75 meters in length, 35 meters in width and 3 meters in depth. Built in England in 1938 by F.W.Payne & Son, it was a major design engineering company in bucket-line dredges at that time.
This dredge was built for the Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd. TT5 was in operation for 44 years until 1982. All the tin mining and dredging activity which took place for over a hundred years has left behind a pockmarked landscape running for hundreds of miles. But the scars are now filled with water and cleaned up quite well and now serve new roles as wetlands, fishing ponds, water features for housing developments and so on.
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31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This tower is erected in memory of J.W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of Perak who was assassinated in 1875 by local Malay Chief Datuk Maharaja Lela. Standing in front of the Ipoh State Mosque, the square tower comprises a portrait bust and four panels illustrating the growth of civilization.
The clock tower has one mother bell, 6 feet 6 inches in diameter and four smaller bells which were used to strike the chimes of Big Ben. At the corners of the belfry, terracotta figures are mounted on pedestals representing the four "Virtues of British Administration" - Loyalty, Justice, Patience and Fortitude. On the civilization panel, 44 famous figures in world history were portrayed. The image of the last Prophet facing the mosque was painted over in the 1990s.
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Ling Sen Tong Temple, Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Ling Sen Tong is a majestic Taoist cave temple located at the foot of a limestone hill in Ipoh. The meaning of the name is Rock of Heavenly Spirits. Ling Sen Tong cave temple is located right next to Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong. It is right off at Jalan Gopeng which is located on the southern outskirts of Ipoh. The main temple is adorned with many statues of various different designs - there are various deities, animals and other characters from the Chinese folklore. The garden in front is decorated with colorful statues of characters from Chinese mythology. One such example is the Monkey King from the classic tale Journey to the West.
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Nam Thin Tong Temple, Gunung Rapat, 31350, Perak
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Legend says this temple was discovered by a Chinese Taoist priest named Kuong San Teik in 1867. Nam Thin Tong Temple literally translated means Cave of the Southern Sky. It is located between the cave of Sam Poh Tong and Cave of Ling Sen Tong. Nan Tian Dong Taoist Cave Temple is right between Ling Xian Yan and further inward, Sam Poh Tong Buddhist Cave Temple. It used to be ranked at par with the Sam Poh Tong and whenever you mentioned Sam Poh Tong, it was automatically associated with the name of Nam Tian Tong. "Tong" is referred as "cave" while "Nan" is the South and the word "Tian" is the sky; so if you translate that further, the Cave host the various Buddhist figures from the Southern Sky (heaven). There are illustrations of various colorful personalities and characters at the lower portion of the temple’s entry section. This is a Taoist Temple in nature. Its alternative name is Nan Dao Yuan ("Nam Tou Yun" in Cantonese) which basically means College of Southern Religious Principles. Do not forget to have a conversation with Buddha in your own mind while you are here!