On 11 June, we boarded our flight up north. We reached our destination an hour later and our adventure began.
Lunch was a famous bak kut teh eatery which has been in business for 40 years. After our tummies were settled, we headed out for some sight-seeing.
The town that we remember has indeed changed. There are definitely more shops and the place more crowded. There are also many residential estates. We visited the part of town where the shop houses were more than a 100 years old.
Making our way down the lanes and to the famous 二奶巷. This stretch of town is the oldest - 120 years.
We also did a fair bit of walking to the various coffee shops and along the way, we spotted a medical hall with its products.
The railway station that has stood more than a century.
Heritage building in the Old Town. People often referred to it as City Hall.
Over the course of the next few days, we drove out of Ipoh town, to Kampar, Gopeng, Batu Gajar, and Teluk Intan.
The very large compound had these gigantic urns which were filled to the brim. Every breeze brought that faint aromatic scent of the fermented soybeans and tickled our nostrils.
We drove into Kampar, a town which had its roots from tin-mining. In its heydays, this little town was booming and there were numerous tin mines.
Besides visiting the tin-mining museum, we also went to a "university town" - Since the establishment of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, the quiet area around the campus slowly developed and grew into a bustling area. The university has more than 20 thousand students and they came from all the different states in Malaysia. The area quickly saw many residents renting out their homes or shop houses to these students. Before long, small eateries and mini-marts appeared.
We would have gone to visit some schools too if we had more time.
The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
One of the town's attractions is this tower which was erected by a Chinese builder in 1885. Four years after its completion, the tower tilted and it was believed that the underground stream was the cause. It was originally used as a water tower (kind of like a reserve) to supply water to the town. As the town was originally developed as a port, the tower also served as a beacon to guide ships into Teluk Intan. The clock at the top still chimes every 15 minutes.