Ipoh nests in Northwestern Malaysia known as a gateway to Cameron Highlands. Being the seventh largest city in Malaysia, Ipoh has few of the best tourist sites to offer to you. Known as the hipster capital of Malaysia, this place originally used to be a village.This city is also well known for its variety of food and coffee shops along with the historical sites which are in abundance.
10 Best Places To Visit In Ipoh
Take a look at some of the best places to visit in Ipoh that are a must-explore for all the travelers on their next trip to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.
- Sam Poh Tong
- Perak Tong
- Ipoh Railway Station
- Keh Look Tong Cave Temples and Zen Gardens
- Birch Memorial Clock Tower
- Museum Darul Ridzuan
- Town Hall
- Ho Yan Hor Museum
- Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
- Lost World Of Tambun
1. Sam Poh Tong
A cave with a temple towards the southern part of Ipoh, which was first discovered by a Buddhist monk. This temple is filled with small Buddha shrines and an ornamental garden. There is a pond in the middle, encircled with rocks. This place is known for its beautiful artwork and ancient history. Tourists love to know how this place was discovered and how sacred this place is still being considered by the local people. Local buses leave from Ipoh which can take tourists to Sam Poh Tong.
Location: Gunung Rapat, Ipoh 30540, Malaysia
2. Perak Tong
6 kms north from the main city, this lonely cave with an ancient temple was first discovered in 1926 by a Chinese Buddhist monk. This place is famous for its wide view of scenic beauty. There is a huge statue of Buddha in a sitting posture which is bound to make you awestruck. The hilltop ambience adds on to the enchanting feeling which this place will surely give you.
Location: Jln Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh 30540, Malaysia.
Timings: 8 am to 4 pm
3. Ipoh Railway Station
Wandering what’s there in a railway station? Every city has one. That’s where Ipoh stands different. It’s majestic railway station’s history goes long back. Many even tend to compare it with Taj Mahal in Agra. Ipoh’s railway station can be considered as an architectural genius with huge magnificent pillars and broad arches at the entry of the station, giving it a Victorian background. Ipoh’s railway station too has a lot of historical stories to offer and any tourist visiting the place must not miss this huge structural brilliance.
Location: Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab. Ipoh 30000, Malaysia
Timings: 8 am to 4 pm
4. Keh Look Tong Cave Temples and Zen Gardens
Amongst all the other temple, keh Look Tong too is a very ancient temple under a secluded cave which was not discovered until 1920. A sculpture of a laughing Buddha along with three Bodhisattvas, is present in this temple. There is a beautiful cave just beyond the temple which add to the beauty of this place further opening up to a beautiful garden with gallant flowers and a whole lot of flora, known as the Zen Gardens. This place is 8 kms southwards from Ipoh.
Location: Gunung Rapat, Ipoh 40350, Malaysia.
Timings: 8:00am – 7:00pm.
5. Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Birch Memorial Clock Tower is a magnificent monument in Ipoh built in 1909. It was built in the memory of James Birch who was the first British resident of Perak, and its biggest attraction is the 1.95m diameter bell. A huge horizontal band of sculpture, featuring Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin is present here. There are tourists crowding this place during maximum hours. This place still has the touch of the colonial world and it will surely grow a lot of interest in the hearts of the tourists.
Location: Jalan Dato’ Sagor, Ipoh, Malaysia
6. Museum Darul Ridzuan
This museum was built back in 1926, holding the ancient history of this place and how civilization crept into this place. This museum displays the history of tin mining and the art of forestry. Due to heavy wear and tear through the year, this museum has been renovated a couple number of times for betterment, but that has not let its charm fade away. This museum should be definitely visited when one travels to Ipoh.
Location: 2020 Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Malaysia
Timings:9:30am-5:00pm from Saturdays to Thursdays, and 9:30am-12:15pm and 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm on Fridays
7. Town Hall
Ipoh town hall is indeed one of the most majestic building structure in the whole city. Built back in 1916, the building is shiny white which makes it perfect for photo shoots and wedding shoots. The tourists can enter the premises of the town hall and can see the inner structure of this gigantic building. Though traditionally used for occasions, the town hall is now mostly considered as a tourist site.
Location: Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
8. Ho Yan Hor Museum
This museum is at a street corner of Ipoh, it is two storey and once you enter the place, you can know all about the life history and the struggles of the owner of this museum, Mr. Ho Kai Cheong. What is a must try is the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea which has the flavour of the place stitched in every sip. There is no entry fee hence anyone can visit this place for some fun times!
Location: 1 Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh 30000, Malaysia
9. Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo
This beautiful, warm, and serene museum has a lot of handicraft products to offer. Ipoh World is an education based non-profit organization which promotes the tourism of Perak and upholds all its beautiful sites. It is Malaysia’s first hakka tin mining museum located at the end point of Ipoh. The museum is beautifully filled with antique pieces which will surely enthrall the tourists.
Location: 3 Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh 30000, Malaysia
Timings: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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10. Lost World Of Tambun
One of the best amusement and water park of Malaysia, this is nothing but a total fun experience for anyone who has a ticket. A place for people of all ages, this is surely one massive crowd puller in Ipoh. A complete make believe world which will take you on a roller coaster ride.
Location: No. 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1 | Perak Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh 31150, Malaysia
Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
There is a wide range of sites for tourism to flourish in Ipoh, and you do not want to miss any of it! Visit Ipoh on your next visit to Malaysia with TravelTriangle and have an experience like never before.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Ipoh
What is Ipoh known for?
Ipah is often known as the ‘Gateway to the Cameron Highlands’. It is known for its popular attraction, Sam Poh Tong. This is the oldest limestone cave and Buddhist temple in this city of Malaysia.
What can I do in Ipoh?
1. Trek through Sam Poh Tong trail 2. Shop at Memory Lane 3. Relish dim-sums at Jalan Leong Sin Nam street 4. Take a stroll at D.R. Seenivasagam Park 5. Go on a heritage walk on the Ipoh Heritage Trail 6. Indulge in painting in Funtasy House Trick Art
What is there to do in Ipoh at night?
Ipoh has a number of good cafes and other places where you can hangout at night including: 1. Ipoh White Coffee 2. Vintage Cafe And Guesthouse 3. STG Ipoh Oldtown 4. Plan B (Ipoh) 5. Bubble Tea
How far is Penang from Ipoh?
Penang is about 160 km (159.7 km) away from Ipoh and can be reached in approximately 2 hours.
What is the best time to visit Ipoh?
January to February and May to September is the best time to visit Ipoh. These months experience less rainfall and warm temperature. The weather is suitable for sightseeing and other activities.
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