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Ipoh Heritage Walk & Cycle
It is our second cycling tour in Ipoh. We flocked to Ipoh to view the renewed enthusiasm of Ipoh's heritage in seeing old shop houses restored, while new cafes and craft shops springing up within historic buildings! Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. The city of Ipoh is located about 200km north of Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh City is Malaysia’s third largest city with a population of over 710,000 people.
The morning wasn’t gray, but by soothing lavender and brilliant amber. The colours merged into neon pink and peach at 1. Kinta River, Ipoh. Kinta River is a soothing place by the river bank. The historic river cuts across the sea; dividing the old town and the new town!
D.R. Seenivasagam Park
Hitting off to the roads of Jalan Lim Bo Seng to 2. D.R. Seenivasagam Park, Ipoh, comments were being passed around about D.R. Seenivasagam, a prominent lawyer who founded one of the earliest political parties in pre-independent Malaya, Perak Progressive Party. Formerly known as Coronation Park, the public park was set up in year 1960 and renamed in honour of D.R. Seenivasagam.
Muzium Darul Ridzuan
Air Raid Shelter
From the park through the streets of Jalan Panglima, 3. Muzium Darul Ridzuan was 3km away. The 10-room bungalow was built in 1926 by Foo Choong Yit, a famous tin miner in Ipoh at that time. The museum showcases history and artefacts of tin mining, forest in Perak and the city of Ipoh. It was amazing to discover that the 4. Air Raid Shelter constructed at the back of the bungalow in 1941 is still intact. Walking the air raid shelter took us back to memory lane when the Japanese conducted aerial attacks on our soils during the World War II.
Ipoh Railway Station
Pedalling further down the road is 5. Dewan Bandaraya, the Ipoh City Council and also known as the Town Hall. It was established to manage and administer the city of Ipoh based on local interest. Opposite of the Town Hall is colonial style 100-year old 6. Ipoh Railway Station! The Railway Station used to be a major transportation hub for the tin mining industry during the 20th century.
A stop at 7. Ipoh’s Little India, a kilometre away was certainly needed, just to marvel at the exploding spices on the streets. Covering part of two main roads from Jalan Sultan Yussuf to Jalan Lahat and partially, Jalan Koo Chong Kong, this cultural centre offers local Indian cuisine and the experience of the unique lifestyle of the Indian community in Ipoh.
Birch Memorial Clock Tower
‘Just keep pedalling!’ a cyclist motivating the other cyclist to 8. The Birch Memorial Clock Tower. The clock was a dedication to J.W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of Perak. Beneath the huge clock tower are paintings containing a total of 44 famous figures world history and civilisation; 11 on each side!
Roti Telur Goyang
Breakfast to be served at Medan Selera Data Sagor, it is just a stone throw away from the Clock Tower. We sampled the famous 9. Roti Telur Goyang (dancing eggs) at Gerai Mee Udang dan Mee Goyang stall. It is one of a kind experience that everyone has to puncture the half-boiled eggs on a soft white bread, to bring out the unique flavour of the “dancing” breakfast. A piece of Roti Telur Goyang costs about RM2.70. It certainly gives you the energy that you require for cycling!
Ipoh, is usually known for its heritage and delicious Ipoh food, but now there’s something new in town! It is called the “Art of Oldtown”.
Mural - Old Uncle with Coffee Cup
Mural - Paper Plane
Mural - Kopi “O”
Mural - Evolution
For the artsy-fartsy, challenge yourself by going on a search for the mural paintings by famous street artist Ernest Zacharevic. There are 7 wall art murals around Ipoh Old Town. The first to be spotted is the 10. Old Uncle with Coffee Cup at the side wall of the famous franchise OldTown White Coffee eatery located at Jalan Dato Maharajalela. The mural shows a portrait of an old uncle drinking coffee. In the vicinity of the first mural is the 11. Paper Plane that 2 children are enjoying their childhood with a paper plane. Pedalling down to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, we witnessed the Kopi ‘O’ mural. This mural can be reached if you continued to cycle along the road adjacent to Ipoh Padang (Ipoh Field) and across the main road. 12. Kopi “O”, despite being black coffee, is one of the murals to celebrate Ipoh as the birth of the famous white coffee. Cycling through the streets of Jalan Bijeh Timah, the magnificent 13. Evolution mural is to your right. This Chinese painting shows Ipoh’s evolution from a tin-mining town back in the colonial days.
Ho Yan Hor Museum
Park you bicycles and explore the new 14. Ho Yan Hor Museum. The Ho Yan Hor museum tells the story of Malaysia's famous herbal tea, Ho Yan Hor. Originated from China, the founder, Dr Ho Kai Cheong, brought along his hometown formula to Ipoh and first sold the herbal tea to his fellow tin miners in the early 1940s. The herbs in the tea help to cool excessive body heat, reducing the risk of inflammation and common colds. It was a popular alternative to western medicine after World War II and is still being consumed by many today.
At 10.97km, across Lorong Panglima is a small alley known to locals as Yi Lai Hong or 15. Concubine Lane. We pedalled through the beginning of Concubine Lane, later walked with our bicycles as the lanes got narrower. Rich Chinese tycoons were supposed to have kept their concubines and mistresses in the townhouses here. This area was actually infamous for opium and gambling dens. Additionally, there are also some fun food vendors selling cotton candy moulded into fun shapes and a stand selling fancy giant flavoured 16. ice balls. The colourful round shaved ice is certainly refreshing—after pedalling for hours!
We concluded this 13.14km cycling tour with the famous curry fish head in town at 17. Pakeeza Restaurant for lunch! That was a lot of fun under the sun! From pedalling those wheels to walking pass alleys! To more discoveries!
Cycling Route - Ipoh Heritage Walk & Cycle
This cycling tour package is provided by: Aidil Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd
68,Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh, 30300, Ipoh, Perak, 30300, Malaysia. Tel. +60 5-241 8116