BeeStay’s Ipoh Local Guidebook

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BeeStay’s Ipoh Local Guidebook

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First discovered by a monk in 1890, this temple, 5km south of Ipoh, is still used by nuns and monks pursuing solitary meditation. To the right of the entrance is an ornamental garden with ceramic lions, miniature shrines and Buddha statues encircling a rock-studded pond. Continue through the main chamber to reach a breathtaking scarlet-tiered pavilion with sheer limestone behind. Opposite is a turtle pond: these armored reptiles are said to re-balance karma when released (or fed slices of tomato). The temple can be reached by Gopeng-bound buses from Ipoh’s local bus station, but the most convenient way to visit is by private transport or on a tour.
Sam Poh Thong (Ampang) Buddhist Temple
396 Jalan 7
First discovered by a monk in 1890, this temple, 5km south of Ipoh, is still used by nuns and monks pursuing solitary meditation. To the right of the entrance is an ornamental garden with ceramic lions, miniature shrines and Buddha statues encircling a rock-studded pond. Continue through the main chamber to reach a breathtaking scarlet-tiered pavilion with sheer limestone behind. Opposite is a turtle pond: these armored reptiles are said to re-balance karma when released (or fed slices of tomato). The temple can be reached by Gopeng-bound buses from Ipoh’s local bus station, but the most convenient way to visit is by private transport or on a tour.
With a craggy cave mouth beneath a towering cliff, Kek Look Tong (1920) has the most impressive approach of all Ipoh's temples. Three Sages dominate the central cavern, while towards the back a cheerful Chinese Buddha of Future Happiness sits in the company of three bodhisattvas. Beyond the main chamber, the cave passage opens onto a lagoon and picturesque gardens, book ended by forested cliffs. It's 8 km southeast of central Ipoh. The landscaped gardens deserve attention for their series of miniature statues, depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, and reflexology footpath (remove your shoes to massage your feet along this textured walkway). A taxi costs around RM35 each way, but it's best to visit on a guided tour incorporating Ipoh's other cave temples. Grab is highly recommended to prevent taxi taunting.
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Kek Lok Tong
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With a craggy cave mouth beneath a towering cliff, Kek Look Tong (1920) has the most impressive approach of all Ipoh's temples. Three Sages dominate the central cavern, while towards the back a cheerful Chinese Buddha of Future Happiness sits in the company of three bodhisattvas. Beyond the main chamber, the cave passage opens onto a lagoon and picturesque gardens, book ended by forested cliffs. It's 8 km southeast of central Ipoh. The landscaped gardens deserve attention for their series of miniature statues, depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, and reflexology footpath (remove your shoes to massage your feet along this textured walkway). A taxi costs around RM35 each way, but it's best to visit on a guided tour incorporating Ipoh's other cave temples. Grab is highly recommended to prevent taxi taunting.
Developed in 1926 by Chinese Buddhists Chong Sen Yee and his wife, this temple (7 km north of Ipoh) is popular for its mesmerizing murals and panoramic views. The first staircase leads to a majestic seated Buddha (12 m tall) in the main chamber. Some of the surrounding murals were painted as recently as the 1990s. Follow the staircase up and outside – after 450 steep steps you'll reach expansive views across Ipoh and its hilly beyond. here are a few different paths up to the top of Perak Tong, but the scaffold-like structure is the most direct (and least slippery). Buses bound for Kuala Kangsar can stop near Perak Tong on request, but it's easiest to visit by private transport or Grab. A car-park attendant will rush out to collect a fee from drivers (RM1 or RM2).
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Perak Cave Temple 霹雳洞
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Developed in 1926 by Chinese Buddhists Chong Sen Yee and his wife, this temple (7 km north of Ipoh) is popular for its mesmerizing murals and panoramic views. The first staircase leads to a majestic seated Buddha (12 m tall) in the main chamber. Some of the surrounding murals were painted as recently as the 1990s. Follow the staircase up and outside – after 450 steep steps you'll reach expansive views across Ipoh and its hilly beyond. here are a few different paths up to the top of Perak Tong, but the scaffold-like structure is the most direct (and least slippery). Buses bound for Kuala Kangsar can stop near Perak Tong on request, but it's easiest to visit by private transport or Grab. A car-park attendant will rush out to collect a fee from drivers (RM1 or RM2).
The clock tower, with a 1.95m-diameter bell, was erected in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident. Birch was murdered in 1875 at Pasir Salak by local Malay chiefs. A frieze featuring Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin was intended to illustrate the growth of civilization. Look for the ghostly outline of a figure representing Mohammed, long ago painted over. The road on which this memorial stands has been renamed for one of Birch’s assassins. Today they are considered nationalists, while Birch is remembered for his disregard of local custom.
Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The clock tower, with a 1.95m-diameter bell, was erected in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident. Birch was murdered in 1875 at Pasir Salak by local Malay chiefs. A frieze featuring Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin was intended to illustrate the growth of civilization. Look for the ghostly outline of a figure representing Mohammed, long ago painted over. The road on which this memorial stands has been renamed for one of Birch’s assassins. Today they are considered nationalists, while Birch is remembered for his disregard of local custom.
Ipoh's train station is a harmonious Moorish and Victorian architectural masterpiece, framed by broad arches and capped with a broad white dome. Completed in 1917 this is Ipoh's most recognizable landmark and a favorite spot for photographers (and selfie snappers).
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Ipoh Railway Station
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Ipoh's train station is a harmonious Moorish and Victorian architectural masterpiece, framed by broad arches and capped with a broad white dome. Completed in 1917 this is Ipoh's most recognizable landmark and a favorite spot for photographers (and selfie snappers).
Ipoh’s courthouse was completed in 1928 by AB Hubback, the same architect who designed Ipoh’s train station and the town hall. Not open to the public, but a great photo op for its elegant, neoclassical style.
Ipoh High Court
Ipoh’s courthouse was completed in 1928 by AB Hubback, the same architect who designed Ipoh’s train station and the town hall. Not open to the public, but a great photo op for its elegant, neoclassical style.
Ipoh’s gleaming white town hall dates back to 1916 and is a popular spot for wedding-photo shoots. Visitors are often allowed to wander inside; the upper floor has good views of the colonial train station.
Ipoh Town Hall
Ipoh’s gleaming white town hall dates back to 1916 and is a popular spot for wedding-photo shoots. Visitors are often allowed to wander inside; the upper floor has good views of the colonial train station.
Built in the Mughal style in 1908 for the local Indian population, this mosque has an attractive, lacey, green-and-white design. Only Muslims are allowed inside.
Masjid India Muslim Ipoh
Built in the Mughal style in 1908 for the local Indian population, this mosque has an attractive, lacey, green-and-white design. Only Muslims are allowed inside.
Charming souvenir shops, fashion outlets, cafes and dessert houses line this nostalgic street of Ipoh. The street literally comes to life during the weekends! The atmosphere is akin to the Armenian Street in Georgetown, Penang or Jonker Street in Melaka.
Concubine Lane
Charming souvenir shops, fashion outlets, cafes and dessert houses line this nostalgic street of Ipoh. The street literally comes to life during the weekends! The atmosphere is akin to the Armenian Street in Georgetown, Penang or Jonker Street in Melaka.
Kellie's Castle (sometimes also called Kellie's Folly) is a castle located in Batu Gajah, Kinta District, Perak, Malaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie-Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.[citation needed] Kellie's Castle is situated beside the Raya River (Sungai Raya), which is a small creek to the Kinta River.
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Kellie's Castle
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Kellie's Castle (sometimes also called Kellie's Folly) is a castle located in Batu Gajah, Kinta District, Perak, Malaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie-Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.[citation needed] Kellie's Castle is situated beside the Raya River (Sungai Raya), which is a small creek to the Kinta River.
Adventures
Lost World of Tambun is Malaysia’s premier action and adventure family holiday destination. A wholesome family experience awaits you behind our majestic walls with everything you could possibly want from amusement park rides to eco-adventure thrills!
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Lost World Of Tambun
20-32 Jalan Sci 3/13
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Lost World of Tambun is Malaysia’s premier action and adventure family holiday destination. A wholesome family experience awaits you behind our majestic walls with everything you could possibly want from amusement park rides to eco-adventure thrills!
Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. About 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Located in Gopeng, about 24km south of the capital city of Ipoh in Perak, this limestone cave is one of the largest in Peninsular Malaysia. Although not as big as Niah Cave and Mulu Cave in Sarawak, beginners to caving exploration will be glad to know that this cave is easy to explore. The tunnel of the cave runs from the east to the west covering a distance of about 2km under the limestone hills known as Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah. It is made up of 5 large domes and is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C., about 10,000 years ago. It comprises of five huge domes with cielings resembling cocunut shells. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exist in differing temperatures and water levels. These caves are famous for its breathtaking gallery of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations that are superb speleological wonders, found only in this part of the world. There are various tours into the caves being the main attraction here. These caves are located under the limestone hills and form tunnels that runs from east to west, nearly 1.9km in length. Visitors can experience these tours with specific requirements of prior preparation. Certain tours such as the River Adventure Tours require visitors to bring a change of clothes and shoes. Torch lights and safety helmets are available for rent.
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Gua Tempurung
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Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. About 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Located in Gopeng, about 24km south of the capital city of Ipoh in Perak, this limestone cave is one of the largest in Peninsular Malaysia. Although not as big as Niah Cave and Mulu Cave in Sarawak, beginners to caving exploration will be glad to know that this cave is easy to explore. The tunnel of the cave runs from the east to the west covering a distance of about 2km under the limestone hills known as Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah. It is made up of 5 large domes and is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C., about 10,000 years ago. It comprises of five huge domes with cielings resembling cocunut shells. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exist in differing temperatures and water levels. These caves are famous for its breathtaking gallery of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations that are superb speleological wonders, found only in this part of the world. There are various tours into the caves being the main attraction here. These caves are located under the limestone hills and form tunnels that runs from east to west, nearly 1.9km in length. Visitors can experience these tours with specific requirements of prior preparation. Certain tours such as the River Adventure Tours require visitors to bring a change of clothes and shoes. Torch lights and safety helmets are available for rent.
Food scene
(Non-Halal) Occasional visitors to Ipoh head to Lou Wong and other famous purveyors of chicken bean sprouts, but ask a local and they might just direct you to Cowan Street, with its patchy opening hours, juicy poached chicken (and chicken feet) and noodles in broth. Expect queues. Recommended by locals.
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Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau Restaurant
44 Jalan Raja Ekram
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(Non-Halal) Occasional visitors to Ipoh head to Lou Wong and other famous purveyors of chicken bean sprouts, but ask a local and they might just direct you to Cowan Street, with its patchy opening hours, juicy poached chicken (and chicken feet) and noodles in broth. Expect queues. Recommended by locals.
Local and visiting foodies scramble to this legendary Ipoh food stall, which has been serving fresh, warm, silky bean-curd pudding (tau fu fah) since 1952. Get the full experience by ordering an ice-cold soy milk, too, either plain or with strips of grass jelly. The shop closes when its signature curd runs out. Don't be deterred by the queues; the owners operate with machine-like efficiency (and their rhythmic curd-scooping and serving is a marvel to behold). Drive Trough Service available where the owner will walk up to the car and get their orders.
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Ipoh - Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd
50 Jalan Mustapa Al-bakri
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Local and visiting foodies scramble to this legendary Ipoh food stall, which has been serving fresh, warm, silky bean-curd pudding (tau fu fah) since 1952. Get the full experience by ordering an ice-cold soy milk, too, either plain or with strips of grass jelly. The shop closes when its signature curd runs out. Don't be deterred by the queues; the owners operate with machine-like efficiency (and their rhythmic curd-scooping and serving is a marvel to behold). Drive Trough Service available where the owner will walk up to the car and get their orders.
(Non-Halal) You'd better come early (seriously, 7 am) for the chance to sample Hainanese curry noodles and pork and bean sprouts. These two dishes are pretty much all Xin Quan Fang churns out, but they are excellent, as testified by the lines that stretch around the block for this family-run favorite.
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Restoran Xin Quan Fang
174 Jalan Sultan Iskandar
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(Non-Halal) You'd better come early (seriously, 7 am) for the chance to sample Hainanese curry noodles and pork and bean sprouts. These two dishes are pretty much all Xin Quan Fang churns out, but they are excellent, as testified by the lines that stretch around the block for this family-run favorite.
(Non-Halal) Arrive early for a sit-down dim sum experience in the dining salon of Ming Court. Point at what you fancy from the trays circulated by staff, and don't skimp on the plump pork bao and chicken congee. It's a favourite with tourists, so expect big queues on the weekend.
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Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
38 Jalan Leong Sin Nam
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(Non-Halal) Arrive early for a sit-down dim sum experience in the dining salon of Ming Court. Point at what you fancy from the trays circulated by staff, and don't skimp on the plump pork bao and chicken congee. It's a favourite with tourists, so expect big queues on the weekend.
(Halal) There is no illegal substance used in the cooking. Its catchy nickname was given by the locals to describe this 'nasi kandar ayam merah' selling in Yong Suan coffee shop. They say the rice is so delicious that it could be as addictive as 'ganja' (aka cannabis or marijuana).
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Nasi Kandar @ Kedai Kopi Yong Suan
2 Jalan Yang Kalsom
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(Halal) There is no illegal substance used in the cooking. Its catchy nickname was given by the locals to describe this 'nasi kandar ayam merah' selling in Yong Suan coffee shop. They say the rice is so delicious that it could be as addictive as 'ganja' (aka cannabis or marijuana).
Fresh egg tart as well as tasty white coffee for a good evening snacks.
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Nam Heong White Coffee
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Fresh egg tart as well as tasty white coffee for a good evening snacks.
(Non-Halal) Ipoh renowned chicken rice among the tourists and the locals. Expects long queue during lunch hours and holidays.
Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong
27 Jalan Theatre
(Non-Halal) Ipoh renowned chicken rice among the tourists and the locals. Expects long queue during lunch hours and holidays.

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Public Transport in Ipoh is limited

Public Transport in Ipoh is very limited and the frequency of the buses are low. Tourists are advised to engage private tours, to rent a vehicle or to utilize the Grab Application (Similar to Uber). Taxis, is the least favorable choice among the locals due to the taunting culture by the Malaysian's taxi.
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