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Ipoh /ˈp/ (Chinese: 怡保; pinyin: Yí bǎo; Jyutping: ji4 bou2; Tamil: ஈப்போ) is the capital city of the state of Perak, Malaysia and also the third largest city in the country. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) northwest of Kuala Lumpur and 123 km (76 mi) southeast of George Town, Penang.

Ipoh
City and State Capital
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 怡保
 • Tamil ஈப்போ
Ipoh Skyline
Ipoh Skyline
Flag of Ipoh
Flag
Official seal of Ipoh
Seal
Nickname(s): City of Millionaires, Bougainvillea City, Silver Valley
Motto: Ipoh Bersih, Hijau dan Maju (English: Ipoh Clean, Green and Progressive)
Ipoh is located in Malaysia
Ipoh
Ipoh
Coordinates: 4°35′40″N 101°05′00″E / 4.59444°N 101.08333°E / 4.59444; 101.08333Coordinates: 4°35′40″N 101°05′00″E / 4.59444°N 101.08333°E / 4.59444; 101.08333
Country  Malaysia
State  Perak
Establishment Around 1880
Granted municipality status 31 May 1962
Granted city status 27 May 1988
Government
 • Mayor Zamri Man
Area
 • City and State Capital 643 km2 (248 sq mi)
Elevation 21.95 m (72 ft)
Population (2010)
 • City and State Capital 657,892
 • Density 1,023/km2 (2,650/sq mi)
 • Metro 737,861[1]
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postcode 30xxx, 31xxx
Area code(s) 05
Website mbi.gov.my

The city is bordered by Batu Gajah in the west, Cameron Highlands in the east and Simpang Pulai in the south.

Ipoh's old world charm and booming hipster cafes has impressed the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, Lonely Planet, after the city was listed as one of the best Asian destinations to visit in 2016. Ipoh is the only city in Malaysia to be listed, at sixth place.[2][3]

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HistoryEdit

 
Town Hall

Ipoh grew out from the Malay village of Palau along the banks of the Kinta River in the 1880s.[4] Its geographic location in the rich tin-bearing valley of the Kinta River made it a natural centre of growth.

The Great Fire of Ipoh in 1892 destroyed over half the town, but also presented an opportunity to rebuild the town in a more orderly grid pattern. Ipoh was subsequently rebuilt in time for the second tin rush and grew rapidly as a result of the booming tin mining industry, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.

A local Hakka miner, millionaire Yau Tet Shin, started developing a large tract of the town in the early 1930s, today known as the 'New Town', from the eastern bank of the Kinta River to Greentown.[5] In 1937, Ipoh was made the capital of Perak, replacing Taiping.

Ipoh was invaded by the Japanese on 15 December 1941. In March 1942, the Japanese Civil Administration or Perak Shu Seicho was set up at the St. Michael's Institution. After the liberation of Malaya by British forces, Ipoh remained the capital of Perak to this day.[6]

The decline of the tin mining industry during the latter half of the 20th century caused the growth of Ipoh to stagnate.[citation needed] With the closure of the tin mines, its urban population was forced to seek employment in other cities within Malaysia. In spite of this, Ipoh remains one of the largest cities in Malaysia in terms of population, with tourism now a main driver of the city's economy.[7]

Ipoh gained Municipal status in 1962, and in 1988, was declared a city by the then Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.[4]

GeographyEdit

TopographyEdit

Ipoh is in the state of Perak, which is in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The city is in the middle of the Kinta Valley, on the bank of the Kinta River and the confluence of smaller rivers, Sungai Pinji and Sungai Pari. The city is surrounded by limestone hills, which can be found around suburban areas to the northeast, east and southeast.[8]

The Kledang mountain range stretches from the north to the west of the city. This range runs parallel to the Bintang mountain range with the Perak River flowing on its left bank and the Kinta River to its right. This range is interrupted to the north of Ipoh by a tributary of the Perak River called the Pelus River, which is sourced from the Titiwangsa mountain range, which runs to the east of Ipoh.[9]

ClimateEdit

Ipoh features a tropical rainforest climate. Temperatures are about the same throughout the year, showing little variation. The city's average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F). Ipoh sees high precipitation throughout the year with an average of 200 mm (7.9 in) of rain each month and averaging 2,427.9 mm (95.59 in) of rain per year. The wettest month is October where on average 297.2 mm (11.70 in) of rain is seen. Ipoh's driest month is January which has 132.3 mm (5.21 in) of rain fall on average.

Climate data for Ipoh
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.9
(91.2)
33.7
(92.7)
33.9
(93)
33.7
(92.7)
33.5
(92.3)
33.3
(91.9)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
32.5
(90.5)
32.4
(90.3)
32.1
(89.8)
32.1
(89.8)
33.0
(91.4)
Average low °C (°F) 22.6
(72.7)
23.0
(73.4)
23.4
(74.1)
23.9
(75)
24.0
(75.2)
23.7
(74.7)
23.2
(73.8)
23.3
(73.9)
23.2
(73.8)
23.1
(73.6)
23.1
(73.6)
22.8
(73)
23.3
(73.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 132.3
(5.209)
149.8
(5.898)
169.9
(6.689)
259.1
(10.201)
210.9
(8.303)
151.8
(5.976)
156.6
(6.165)
157.8
(6.213)
216.0
(8.504)
297.2
(11.701)
275.4
(10.843)
251.1
(9.886)
2,427.9
(95.587)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 9 10 12 14 14 10 10 12 15 18 18 15 157
Source: World Meteorological Organisation[10]

Limestone caves, mountains and lakesEdit

 
The Gua Tempurung Limestone Caves
 
Sam Poh Tong, one of the many beautiful temples in Ipoh

Kek Lok Tong (Chinese: 極樂洞; Cavern of Utmost Happiness) is a cave temple that lies on the other side of the same hill as Sam Poh Tong. It is accessible through the Gunung Rapat housing area. It has a clean, quiet and cool environment. Other cave temples in Ipoh include Ling Sen Tong, Nan Tian Tong, Kwan Yin Tong and Perak Tong.

Limestone hills extend 20 km (12 mi) north of Ipoh and 20 km (12 mi) to the south. There are many caves in these hills; cave temples are built in some.[11] Gua Tempurung, near Gopeng south of Ipoh, is a show cave open to the public. It is popular among spelunkers. More than 3 km (1.9 mi) long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways, and there are tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km (0.99 mi) through the hill. There are five very large chambers and some stalactites and stalagmites.

Lakes in Ipoh include the one at Gunung Lang.

 
Lang Mountains in Ipoh

CuisineEdit

Ipoh has a vibrant food scene with a vast proliferation of hawker centres and restaurants. It is well known for dishes such as "Sar Hor Fun" (Chinese: 沙河粉) a complete one-dish rice noodle meal with prawn, meat, fish, vegetables and a savoury sauce. Other dishes from Ipoh include "Hor Hee", flat white rice noodles served with fish cakes and/or fish balls, "Nga Choi Kai" (Chinese: 芽菜鸡), chicken with soy sauce and beansprouts topped with pepper,"Kai Shi Hor Fun" (Chinese: 鸡丝河粉) rice noodles with Chicken, "Hakka Mee" (Chinese: 客家麵), yellow rice noodles served with mince meat (pork) sauce, and Ipoh's famous pastry "Heong Peng" (Chinese: 香餅), literally translated to "fragrant biscuit". The city is well known in Malaysia for its "Ipoh white coffee" where the coffee beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine and the resulting coffee is served with condensed milk. Ipoh is also famous for its fresh fruits such as Pomelo, Durian and Seedless Guava. In recent years Ipoh has seen an increase in international restaurants, bars and gastropubs have become popular with locals and tourists.[12]

EconomyEdit

Ipoh was once, one of the richest cities in Malaysia as well as South East Asia back in the days when tin was king. During the 1980s when tin prices collapsed, the economy of Ipoh was hit particularly hard. However, recently the city gain some momentum. By 2017, the city will open the first Movie Animation Theme Park (MAPS), which is the first ever in South East Asia. Tourism is booming in the city, and many shops in old town Ipoh is being transform into chic café. The city of Ipoh also host some big multi national corporations. Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Berhad, a palm oil company, which is also among the top 15 biggest companies in Malaysia (By revenue) has its headquarters in Ipoh. Batu Kawan Berhad (Which is the biggest shareholder of KLK), an investment company also has its headquarters in Malaysia. Hovid Berhad, a pharmaceutical company, which is also the first Malaysian companies to introduce generic drugs overseas also has its headquarters in Ipoh. Ipoh also is well known for its white coffee. Old Town Berhad, which is a food & beverage public listed company, specializing in white coffee has its headquarters in Ipoh. There are a few other public listed companies in Ipoh such as Perak Transit Berhad, Tasek Cement Berhad, DKLS Industries Berhad, Wellcall Holding Berhad, Rubberex Berhad, Perak Corp, etc. Ipoh also host some foreign multi national companies Malaysian headquarters. Some of the foreign MNC's in Ipoh is, Finisar, Voith, ITL Asia pacific, Sagami Manufacturers, etc.

CityscapeEdit

 
Ipoh Skyline
 
Jalan Laxamana

The Old TownEdit

The Old Town is west of the Kinta River. There is a vibrant commercial district with many historical 'shop-houses' centred around Leech Street (Chinese: 烈治街; now Jalan Bandar Timah). Other notable features include:

  • Ipoh railway station in neo-classical/Edwardian Baroque style nicknamed the "Taj Mahal of Ipoh".
  • Ipoh Town Hall, an Edwardian Baroque municipal building located across the road from the Railway Station.
  • Padang Ipoh or Ipoh Field is on Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam. The field is surrounded by historic buildings that feature classic colonial architecture, including the mock-Tudor style Ipoh Club, FMS Bar, HSBC Building and the St Michael's Institution secondary school.
  • The Anglo-Chinese School, Ipoh, officially named SMK Methodist (ACS), is located along Lahat Road.
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Anderson is the most well-known secondary school with more than 100 years of history, located beside the General Hospital of Ipoh. This school has been producing numerous of figures in the country.
  • St. Michael's Institution, Ipoh, is a public secondary school in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. It is situated on Jalan S. P. Seenivasagam, formerly Clayton Road.
  • Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka Tin Miner's Club, located on Jalan Bijeh Timah (formerly Treacher Street) has been restored and turned into Malaysia's First Hakka Tin Mining Museum.
  • Muzium Darul Ridzuan is a historical museum of Perak, in a pretty former tin-mining tycoon's mansion on Jalan Kuala Kangsar.
  • Concubine Lane or better known locally as Yi Lai Hong in Cantonese is a narrow and small lane located off Jalan Bandar Timah (Leech Street) in Old Town, Ipoh. It now has different restaurants, souvenir and gift shops and an entirely respectable hotel. To some locals, Concubine Lane is already becoming too busy.
  • Ipoh wall art murals drawn by talented street art artists clearly breathes in new life into Ipoh Old Town city. The murals do relive a sense of nostalgic moments related to Ipoh’s heritage and culture. It is now a popular tourist attraction, adding more crowns to Ipoh apart from being a food paradise.
 
One of the 7 wall art murals drawn by Ernest Zacharevic in Ipoh old town.

The New TownEdit

 
D.R. Seenivasagam Park, formerly Coronation Park

The so-called New Town, to the east of the Kinta River, was developed by Yau Tet Shin around 1908.[5] The New Town houses the Perak Medical University and Ipoh City Hall building, among others. There are numerous shops, shopping malls, and hotels.

D. R. Seenivasagam Park (Coronation Park), located in the heart of Ipoh (New Town), is known for its scenic beauty and recreational facilities. It comprises recreational fields, an artificial lake filled with fish, a nursery for potted plants and a children's traffic playground. The latest addition is the newly landscaped Japanese garden featuring a Japanese carp pond.

SportsEdit

For golf, the courses are the Royal Perak Golf Club off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (Tiger Lane), the Meru Golf Club in Jelapang, and Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Club en route to Batu Gajah.

Other sports venues include the Kilat Club in Pasir Pinji, Ipoh Field (Padang Ipoh) in the Old Town, the Polo Grounds, and the Iskandar Polo Club, in Ampang Baru.

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an annual international men's field hockey tournament held in Ipoh.

Ipoh has a fully equipped sports complex known as Kompleks Sukan MBI or MBI Sports Complex.

Among the facilities located within the Complex is the Stadium Perak or Perak Stadium. Perak Stadium is the home of Perak The Bos Gaurus who playing in Malaysia Super League.

GovernanceEdit

The Ipoh City Council governs the city. Datuk Zamri Man, appointed in August 2015, is the current mayor of Ipoh.[13]

Ipoh is divided into two parliamentary constituencies: Ipoh Barat (Ipoh West) and Ipoh Timur (Ipoh East). The parliamentary seat for Ipoh Timur is held by DAP Representative, Su Keong Siong, which was formerly held by Lim Kit Siang while the seat for Ipoh Barat is held by fellow DAP leader, M. Kulasegaran.[14]

DemographicsEdit

Ipoh remains one of Malaysia's largest cities. It is the third largest city in Malaysia. As of 2010, the municipal area of Ipoh has a population of 657,892.[15] It ranks as the seventh most populous urban centre in Malaysia (2010).[15]

The following is based on Department of Statistics Malaysia 2010 census.[15]

Ethnic groups in Ipoh, 2010
Ethnicity Population Percentage
Chinese 290,165 44.11%
Bumiputera 253,592 38.55%
Indian 92,587 14.07%
Others 1,559 0.2%
Non-Malaysian 19,989 3.04%

ToponymyEdit

The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. The sap of this plant is poisonous and was used by Orang Asli (indigenous peoples in Malay) to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes for hunting.

TransportEdit

 
Ipoh Railway Station

EducationEdit

This is a list of schools in Ipoh, Perak.

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Puteri
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan(T)ST.Philomena Convent,Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato Panglima'Kinta,Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Yuk Choy, Ipoh
  • SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh
  • Tarcisian Convent School, Ipoh (TCS)
  • Anderson School, Ipoh
  • Anglo-Chinese School, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh
  • St. Michael's Institution, Ipoh
  • SMK Jalan Tasek, Ipoh
  • Methodist Girls Secondary School (MGS), Ipoh
  • Perak Girls Secondary School (PGS), Ipoh
  • SMK Main Convent, Ipoh
  • Wesley Methodist School, Ipoh
  • Ipoh International School (Private)
  • Fairview International School, Ipoh
  • Perak Yuk Choy High School (Private)
  • Poi Lam High School (Private) 怡保培南独立中学
  • Shen Jai High School, Ipoh 怡保深斋中学
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (TAMIL) Kerajaan,Sungai Pari,Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (TAMIL) Gunung Rapat, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (TAMIL) Perak Sangeetha Sabah, Ipoh
  • SMK Rapat Setia, Ipoh
  • SMK Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Poi Lam, Ipoh
  • SMK Seri Keledang,Ipoh
  • SMK Menglembu,Ipoh
  • SMJK Poi Lam, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Sam Tet, Ipoh
  • SMJK Sam Tet, Ipoh
  • SMK Dato Ahmad Said
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh
  • SMJK Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Wan Hwa (1)
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Wan Hwa (2)
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan (ACS), Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan (P) Methodist, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Haji Mahmud Chemor, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Pari, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Pegoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Jelapang
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Raja Ekram, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Raja Perempuan, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Ampang, Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan St. Michael's Institution (1), Ipoh
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan St. Michael's Institution (2), Ipoh
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jelapang Jaya,Ipoh

Notable peopleEdit

Film and Television:

Music:

Sports: (Badminton):

Sports (Football):

Sports (Others):

Business:

Politics:

Historical:

Science and technology:

Other:

Film and televisionEdit

Movies filmed in Ipoh include:

International relationsEdit

Sister citiesEdit

Ipoh currently has two sister cities:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  18. ^ "Exchange with sister cities". Fukuoka City. 23 April 2009. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 

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