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Ipoh Heritage Trail

Ipoh is my dad's hometown and we would go back every Chinese New Year when I was younger, in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the CNY jams.


Recently, I was part of a team building organizing team which involved using tablets to hunt for clues and go through challenges in Ipoh.

Ipoh might be a sleepy town to some of you (and it's kind of the appeal of the place) but for heritage junkies like me, it was an absolute delight to be able to walk around the Ipoh Heritage Trail (while working ahem). I went there for Ipoh White Coffee just after getting married with hubby a few years ago and didn't realize there were so many things to see. (Perhaps I only had eyes for him, at the time!)

Here are some photos taken during my recent trip. I didn't get to try the famous Nasi Ganja as we were too busy working!

 The first car park in Malaysia is still free!

 The first Oldtown White Coffee at Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh

One of many quaint hotels in the area

After work rush hour 

 Where we stayed- Weil Hotel, Ipoh. Rooms are contemporary and clean. Service is great!

Complimentary coffee/ tea and nuts!

The Weil ballroom level on the 4th floor

The Birch Memorial

 An artsy shot taken at the Concubine Lane

An artsy shot taken of Weil Hotel

 An artsy shot of a pigeon in a hole

 Grafitti art not unlike the ones found in Penang

A coffee place at Concubine Lane (nope, didn't have time for a coffee!)

Concubine Lane 

More grafitti art

 Concubine Lane
 A shop on Concubine Lane which was unfortunately closed at the time we were there

When you're in an artsy mood, all things become art

 A modern cafe around the corner

The old Ipoh railway station which was once a hotel (yes, talks of it being haunted exist). In the foreground is the Ipoh Tree

The side wall of Oldtown White Coffee

Where spies used to work

Do you notice how clean the streets are?

If I've successfully tempted you to visit the Ipoh Heritage trail, you can find out about the iconic buildings HERE.

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  1. Ya I always passed by Ipoh but never knew got such heritage lane with so many artsy things to snap n see. The hotel looks good too, sure missing Ipoh food now.

    1. It's really worth a look. You can spend two hours just walking around that doesn't count coffee breaks!

  2. Cool! I've never really explored Ipoh hehe only stopped by for half a day for their famous food only. This will be useful to me when I plan my visit to Ipoh. Thx!

    1. I love the food at Holly Wood Restaurant at Canning Garden..yummms

  3. you should come and visit my hometown bentong, looks similar to ipoh.there's a large chinese community there too.i love ipoh too.back when we were small, we always go and eat cendol at the old ktm station.i dont think its still there now..

    1. My mum was just talking about visiting Bentong. Will definitely visit after Raya. Nope, no more cendol near the KTM station :(

  4. I am from Taiping and always pass by Ipoh like countless time by now. When I said pass by mean literally pass by at highway...kekekeke,,,Thank you for introducing me to whats in Ipoh. Next time will not just pass by...I wanna visit Ipoh.:)

    1. My hubby has family in Taiping. It's still a very nice, laid back place

  5. I went to Ipoh for a short escape a few months ago. The Heritage Trail was part of my itinarary but unfortunately it rained. I sure regret it now!

    1. Ipoh isn't too far. Can visit on a weekend :)

  6. I studied in Tronoh for about 5 years, and Ipoh was like a second home to me. Such a beautiful place with so much heritage and culture, and not forgetting, GOOD FOOD! Yay!

    1. Good food, indeed! And much cheaper than KL

  7. As an architecture student, i didn't know that Ipoh can be so beautiful by looking through your photos. Reading your post makes me want to go to Ipoh. Haha. <3

    1. Go when you can. Good food, nice places to see, cool cafes popping up! (jams come along with development so just avoid the usual rush hours)

  8. Wow didn't know Ipoh is quite pretty as well. Somehow I never think of going there

  9. now Ipoh is full of cafes! and traffic jam too! >.< anyway love your photos, all are nicely taken! it's like a glance thru the whole ipoh! haha

    1. Yes, they have lovely cafes! I didn't get a chance to visit any this time, but it's on my must do list :)


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