9 Things to See & Do in Ipoh (M’sia), Michelle Yeoh’s Hometown

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Want to explore Malaysia more? Head over Ipoh and have a one-of-a-kind adventure with your travel buddies! There’s more to this beautiful country than its capital city and other more popular cities, so be sure to discover some of its hidden gems and enjoy your time off with family or friends.

Ipoh is situated between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. It’s an inland city that takes pride of its culture and unique landscape. Visiting this lovely destination guarantees you an experience-filled and exciting trip. You’re certain to have the best time of your life here, though you’re going to spend it in a very short period of time.

In case you’re thinking of an amazing place to spend a day off, Ipoh could be the best option. There’s no need for you to travel somewhere far as this awesome city offers you a lot of things to see and do. So, here are the activities you can do for a day trip in Ipoh:

Have fun at the Lost World of Tambun

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It’s never wrong to go to a theme park with your loved ones. No matter how old or young you are, amusement parks are still one of the best places to enjoy your time. So, if you’re in Ipoh, never miss out on the Lost World of Tambun at Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1. It is an action-packed, multi-themed destination perfect for all ages that offers a fun-filled and wholesome experience. A water park, petting zoo, outdoor exhibition for some learning, and a hotel are all in here. Not to mention, it is the only theme park in Southeast Asia that has natural hot springs with various rides. You’ll absolutely have a memorable time while here, so be sure to seize the moment. Visit every Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM or on weekends from 10 AM until 6 PM.

  • Location: 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway, Sunway City, 31150 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
  • Website: sunwaylostworldoftambun.com

Discover Ipoh Street Art

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Be in awe with the awesome street art you’ll find in Ipoh. All art lovers will surely appreciate walking around the city and seeing numerous wall paintings. Just like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, you will also see large-scale works by Ernest Zacharevic here. As you stroll every street, you’ll witness the creativity of the people and how these walls are turned into precious pieces of art. Maps are even provided for each traveler to head to street art trails. How cool is that, right? Don’t forget to bring along your camera for some Instagram-worthy snaps and begin your street art adventure!

Pay a visit to Perak Tong Cave Temple

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Your day trip in Ipoh won’t be complete without visiting a temple. Apparently, there are various temples around the city you can check out and one of them is Perak Tong Cave Temple. Sitting atop a picturesque hill, this Buddhist temple is one of the most frequented religious sites in the city. It features limestone cave entrance, painted walls, and gold-colored statues. Dominating the temple is the 40-feet tall Buddha statue. The walls are also decorated with colorful murals of events and characters from Buddhist scriptures and Chinese mythology. Definitely, a few minutes of stay here will be remarkable.

  • Location: Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Stroll along Concubine Lane

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Take a walk at the popular Concubine Lane and discover why a lot of travelers drop by here. It is said that this street was built more than one hundred years ago for the mistress of a mining tycoon, Yao Tet Shin. There were actually three lanes formed, namely Wife Lane, Concubine Lane, and First Concubine Lane. Another version of the common folklore is that these lanes were built by some rich men to hide their second wives. Whatever the real story behind it, Concubine Lane is now turned into a vibrant commercial area, where there are a number of food stalls, souvenir shops, and mini street markets. You’ll enjoy taking photos of the street as well as buying any items you want.

  • Location: 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Head over Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office

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Step into the iconic Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office and be transported back in time. Greatly influenced by British colonization in the early 1900s, this building was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, the government architect. With neo-renaissance Victorian style, the site was divided into two sections. In front is the Town Hall and at the back is the Old Post Office. Through the years, the building has hosted numerous significant events and has been used as district police headquarters.

  • Location: 2700, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Swing by Ho Yan Hor Museum

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Make your one day trip in Ipoh worthwhile by visiting the Ho Yan Hor Museum. Preserving the historical heritage of the city, this notable museum has artefacts, documentary videos, antiques, and story boards about the rich history of Ipoh. Located in a pre-war building, this was originally a herbal tea shop transformed into a museum. Interestingly, there is also a tea bar inside it that serves Ho Yan Hor tea. The murals on the side of the museum should not be missed as well. You can swing by every Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM for free.

  • Location: 1, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/HYHMuseum

Wander Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village

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Experience a tranquil moment at Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village with your loved ones. Qing Xin Ling literally means serene hill, where you can find peace. This lakeside cultural village offers every visitor various activities to try out, such as cycling, jungle trekking, or simply taking in the scenic views. If you’re in search for a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then this is the ideal one for you. Note that the park opens from 9:30 AM up to 4:30 PM everyday and you need to purchase an entrance ticket worth 10 RM first before getting inside.

  • Location: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/qingxinlingipoh

Tour around Kellie’s Castle

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Another interesting attraction to see when in Ipoh is the Kellie’s Castle. This unfinished, ruined castle was built by William Kellie Smith, a Scottish rubber plantation owner. It’s planned as a 6-storey tower with an entertainment area, wine cellar, and indoor tennis court. Also, it would’ve had the first-ever elevator in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the construction halted because of the sudden death of Smith. As a result, the castle was left abandoned until it became a tourist spot after some years. Today, visitors can explore the interiors of the 4-storey tower with spooky wine cellar, children’s rooms, and an elevator shaft. It’s certainly a must-see attraction, especially for those who want to explore something new in the city.

  • Location: 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia

See the Ipoh Railway Station

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Just opposite the Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office is the grogeous Ipoh Railway Station. Initially, it is meant to be a hospital prior to being a train station. However, the construction has been delayed for three years because of lack of materials and high costs during World War I. It was also designed by Arthur Benison Hubback and the second concrete station to be built in town. In addition, Ipoh Railway Station houses the Majestic Hotel and was used as a film location for the movie Anna and the King. You can also chill out at the garden surrounding the station and enjoy the aesthetically outstanding architecture.

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  • Location: Stesen KTM Ipoh, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

A worthy one day trip in Ipoh

A day trip in Ipoh might not be enough to explore the entire city. But with these activities mentioned above, you can have a meaningful journey around and be able to appreciate what it offers. There are plenty of things to see and do in this diverse city, so you better make the most of your time. Spending a day here and doing these stuff will truly make you happy and enjoy your much-needed rest day.

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