Saturday, 16 June 2012

Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar and Perak Tong

Ipoh is another Malaysian city on the western side of the country that was influenced by colonialism, is known for its food and for being close to the home of the Sultan of Perak, who served as the king of Malaysia in the 1990s. Each state of Malaysia has a Sultan and they take turns being king for 5 year terms. 

The Sultan of Perak is Azlan Shah or give him his full name...Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullah.

In the town of Kuala Kangsar up the road from Ipoh you can visit the Sultans residence, and a museum dedicated to him, so I took the local bus up there. Outside of Ipoh was a great Chinese cave temple which you'll see photos of below - Perak Tong. Ipoh is surrounded by some Karst mountains so the view was good. 

The clock tower in Ipoh, see below, was erected  to honour a British Resident of Perak who was assassinated back in the day by some Malaysian activists. He was killed with spears while he was in the Bath apparently. The clock tower displays the faces of more than 40 people famous in world history. Though the faces of Jesus and Muhammad have been rubbed off.  

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'Besar Ipoh' pictured below contained a large market where I dined with all the cats also pictured below. And as you'll see there are various other buildings in the city the British left behind including a school which are still in use today. Apparently the international schools in Malaysia are very good.

I was surprised they were not on the menu

The figure second from the left has been erased

One of many international schools in Malaysia. This was one was established by the British

It's like the dungeon of a James Bond villain or the Bat Cave 

"Brotherly love without discrimination" - Sun Yat-Sen

This Chinese revolutionary seems to pop up everywhere,
Ipoh, George Town, Hong Kong, and Shanghai

The Sultan's Crown

K-pop night on Malaysian Pop Idol show with Korean judges