Built in 1935, the Ipoh Railway Station bears close resemblance to its counterpart in Kuala Lumpur. Affectionately known to locals as Ipoh’s ‘Taj Mahal’, it is an impressive landmark which combines moorish architecture with modern embellishments. The Railway Station also has a hotel to accommodate travelers called the majestic hotel.
Fronting the building is a beautiful floral garden that serves as a charming welcome for tourists to the city. As according to the historians, Perak actually pioneered train travel in malaya (the former name of peninsular malaysia). This is a great reminder that the British were the first to lay down railway lines to satisfy the transportation demands of the tin mining industry. Located at jalan panglima Bukit Gantang wahab in the heart of Ipoh city.
One of the most outstanding landmarks in Ipoh is the State Mosque which is the pride of the people and symbol of the state’s islamic foundation.the main feature of this architecture masterpiece is its minaret that rise 125′ above its mosaic domes.
Located at Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, The Ubudiah Mosque is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country and a symbol of pride and faith for all Muslims in Perak.
The mosque’s magnificent golden dome and minarets are testaments to the beauty of Islamic architecture. The construction of the mosque began in the reign of Sultan ldris Murshidul Adzam Shah 1, the 28th Sultan of Perak. The mosque was officially opened by Sultan Jalil Karamatullah Shah in 1917.
Teluk Intan Leaning Tower
This leaning tower is situated in Teluk Intan, which is a transit town for those who travel from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor Island using the coastal route.
The leaning tower was constructed in 1885 and stands at 25.2 metres high. It started to tilt four years after its completion due to an underground stream. On top of this tower is a clock, which, up till today still rings every 15 minutes.
This pagoda like 8-storey building was originally used as a water storage tower to supply water to the town area.
Today, the leaning tower no longer stores water and has become a prominent landmark and a major tourist attraction in Teluk Intan.
One of the most interesting Perak attractions is Kellie’s Castle which is located about 40 km away from Ipoh, on the outskirts of a small town called Batu Gajah.
This castle was meant to be a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith in the 20th century.
Some say he built this castle because, being far from home, he desired his new residence to be reminiscent of his home back in Scotland and some even say this castle was built as a castle of love for his wife Agnes, whom he brought to Perak somewhere around 1903.
Work on the castle started in 1915, but was unfortunately halted a few years later with Kellie’s sudden death due to pneumonia and because of that, this castle was never completed. The castle, with hidden rooms and a secret tunnel, is a building filled with mysteries and stories of romance.