IPOH CITY

IPOH is the capital city of Perak State, located 205 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur and 170 kilometres south of George Town, Penang.  Located in the heart of Kinta valley, the city lies on the river banks of Kinta River surrounded by breathtaking limestone hills and lush greenery terrains. It covers 643 sq Kilometres with a total population of 702,464.  Majority of the population are from Chinese descendants whereas other races including Malays, Indians and others are considered the minority group.  Ipoh is slowly catching up with Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bharu in terms of the development, and now Ipoh is the fourth largest city in Malaysia.  The city is one of the fascinating tourist destinations in the Peninsular Malaysia, splendour with heritage, cultures and natures.
Heritage
Historically, the early settlement in Ipoh existed in early 1800s and the city has spread across the Kinta River throughout the years.  The river divides Ipoh into two sections, the old and the new town.  The old town (West) is synonymously known as the place of historical buildings from the British colonial eras which stand parallel to the Kinta River.  Notable Ipoh’s historical landmarks such as Town Hall, The Court House, Ipoh Royal Club, Railway Station, Saint Michael Institution, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank and F.M.S Bar are well preserved until today.   On the other hand, the new town (East) is predominantly occupied by commercial centres, hospitals, shopping centres, food outlets and hotels. Ipoh is constantly growing, and the city is expanding  right to the edge with new development of townships, shopping complexes, hypermarkets, and theme parks.  Above all, the legacy of Ipoh is clustered in the quiet old town.  There is a lot of untold stories and it’s yours to discover.
Culture

Historically, Malays were known to be the early settlers in the area and they lived in villages of Kampung Ipoh and Kampung Paloh along the banks of Kinta River in early 1800s.  Later the Malay settlements grew bigger and formed Kampung Kuala Pari and Kampung Jawa.  After the arrival of British in the tin rich valley in 1878, the scenario changed and Malays no longer dominated the place.  There were large number of Chinese immigrants migrated to Ipoh during the tin rush in the late 1890s.

Ipoh became the centre for tin trade.  Thus, the town expanded to accommodate the large influx of miners and it became the largest settlement area in the Kinta valley.  The tin trade contributed to the wealth of the city, and Ipoh prospered into a cosmopolitan city dominated by the Chinese community. Indians were brought to Malaya by the British during the booming rubber industry in 1900s.Most of them resided in the rubber plantation and estates in the outskirt of Ipoh. Today, seventy percent of the population in Ipoh are from Chinese descendant, while Malays, Indians and other races are considered minority group.  Despite having such diverse races and cultures, Ipoh residents have lived in peace and harmony for more than hundred years. The existence of multi-racial and cultural differences has become an asset to tourism industry in Ipoh.

Nature
Geographically, Ipoh is located in the valley surrounded by Titiwangsa mountain range which runs to east of the city and Kledang Mountain range which stretches from the north to the west.  The panoramic view of hills and mountains can be seen from the city centre, and the valleys rich with lush greenery terrains were upgraded and beautify as recreational parks and gardens.  Ipoh is surrounded by clusters of towering limestone surmounted with lush greenery, and   features natural caves, picturesque lake, waterfalls and geothermal hot springs.