Ipoh, Malaysia – the old mining town, an Introduction

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 5 March 2016

Original content on this blog begins: 2 October 2016

The Heartlander Tourist

Ipoh, the capital of Perak state in Malaysia. Located within the Kinta Valley – the most productive tin mining district in the world and surrounded all around by limestone hills and mountain ranges, Ipoh is a picturesque city locked in time. It is an important midway point between Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Ipoh 1Unlike Penang and Singapore, Ipoh only emerged as a city in the early 20th century. While people moved into the town in the 1820s, it was only in the 1870s when the British were invited in to protect Ipoh that modern facilities such as railways stations and neat pavements were introduced. Yes, the British were invited in. The sultan wanted protection and invited the British in. This is itself is deserving of a whole separate post.

While not the royal capital (Kuala Kangsar), Ipoh is an important city within the sultanate of Perak. The state of Perak…

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