Free things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia: Ipoh Heritage Trail

Free stuff simply is the single most important thing for anyone living on a budget.

We are in fact living on a budget, so we really like free stuff. Free stuff to do, free stuff to look at, free free free ("free" is one of those words where the more you write it the less sure you are of how it's actually spelled...).

And there is NO way we could pass up a FREE pamphlet for a FREE walking tour of pretty much anything. If someone put together a "famous sidewalk cracks and the stars who've busted their toes on them" pamphlet and told us it was FREE, we would still do it. Actually, that one was supposed to be a case of "something so stupid no one would ever bother," but now we think on it, we would take a tour that was made up of laughing about celebrities in pain. 
What can we say? 
Oh, wait, we have something for this!
Umm..... hold up a moment... umm...
Schadenfreude? 
*Pumps fist and thinks, "Nailed it."*

Ipoh is the cool capital city of the state of Perak in Malaysia. As with the rest of Malaysia, it used to be colonized by the British (I know it isn't right to say, "colonized," but it really gets to the truth of the matter more than "protectorate colony"). And much like many other places the British went, they imparted their architectural preferences on the place before the sun started to set on their empire.

Thoughtfully enough, the city of Ipoh, or at least one person who at some point worked for the city of Ipoh, put together a pamphlet guiding eager participants to 30 of its more prominent examples of colonial architecture. They very kindly considered that tourists and locals alike are always looking  for new, fun, free things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia. And you know we are a sucker for pamphlets :)

"So, how was the tour?" you ask?
"Did you survive?" you plead?
"Why aren't you telling me!?!?" you manically babble?!?!

Dude, chill ;)
Something that we'll get more into later but is worth mentioning at the beginning is that this trail/tour is not very even. Some buildings are easy to get to, easy to find a nice place to appreciate it, don't appear to be abandoned and in disrepair, and thus are worth the effort. Others? Well, others really aren't. We suspect there was a conversation before the creation of the pamphlet that went something like this:

Boss- "Find me some nice buildings people would want to look at and are easy to get to so we can make a pamphlet."
Employee- "Here boss! I found 19 great places!"
Boss- "Make it 30."
Employee- "But, there aren't 30! There are 19!"
Boss- "Make it 30!"
Employee- "Yes boss..."

Without any further do's (or maybe just "a" do), let's get to it!

Ipoh Heritage Trail:
A Normally Nomadic Journey with Lots of Pictures and Stuff... also Including any Information We Can Find on the Internet about the History and Architecture of Each Place
Or: There and There Again; Some Normal Nomad's Tale
Or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love the Ipoh Heritage Trail
Or: We are Ipoh Heritage Trail and So Can You

(We are going to stop there, but believe us, we are no where near being close to done with this joke... seriously, we could go for days)



Stop #1 & 2: Railway Station and War Memorial



If you take the train into Ipoh, as we did, there is a good chance you are going to arrive at the Railway Station. 
(If that sentence didn't make you chuckle, we can do nothing more for you)

Although it is hard to see in this photo, the War Memorial is located immediately in front the Railway Station. See the tallest lamp pole? It is to the left of that.

Quick History: The Railway station was built in 1917 and rebuilt 2007-2008 to account for new rail developments in Malaysia. The War Memorial is a cenotaph originally built in 1927 to honor men from Perak who died in The Great War. Eventually, plaques honoring those who died in World War II, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation and the Second Malayan Emergency were added.

Architecture: Arthur Benison Hubback conceptualized the Railway Station as a combination of Western styles and "Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic" styles. Whatever that means.

Our Thoughts: This is beautiful building and super easy to get to from Old Town Ipoh (where we were staying). Apparently it is called the "Taj Mahal of Ipoh" by locals, but we only know that from the internet and haven't heard anyone actually say that. If you are visiting Ipoh and you don't arrive by train, then take the time to go and check it out. War Memorials are always worth appreciating too.



Stop #3: Ipoh Town Hall


Town Hall is directly across the road from the railway station and war memorial (stops 1 and 2), so if you arrived via train, you probably noticed it when exiting the station.

Quick History: Although the date on the building is 1914 (can you see it up there?), it was actually finished in 1916. It has functioned as a post office, a telegraphs office, and most recently a venue for weddings and the like. Interestingly, we cannot verify that it was ever an actual "town hall" via the internet. Although, we can't imagine it was just a clever name.

Architecture: Town Hall was also designed and conceptualized by Arthur Benison Hubback, the same dude who did the the railway station. It is possible that the inspirations were as complex as were for the railway station too, but the town hall has a lot less information about it available, so who knows. Unless you are an architect... in which case, you know. :)

Our Thoughts: So you've visited the railway? Turn around and look at town hall! Easy peasy! Supposedly you can get into it to look around, but we usually aren't the sort of people who immediately assume that sort of thing and thus never thought to try.



Stop #4: The Court House


This is still a functional court house, technically Ipoh High Court, which means you can't walk right up to the front. Unless you are going to court, that is.

Quick History: Built in 1926 and completed in 1928, the court house replaced other, less awesome, court houses that just were not colonial enough for the British.

Architecture: Another building designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. Apparently this one is "Roman Classic" style, which seems a little too simple an explanation based on his inspirations for the railway station.

Our Thoughts: Catty-corner (or whatever it is that you call it, not that you need to tell us about it or anything) from the railway station, and on the same intersection as the town hall as well, the court house is a necessary look if you want to complete the "Hubback Trinity" (no one calls it that, we just made it up). 

Fun Fact! When the Japanese occupied Malaysia (you know... during WWII?), a Japanese judge presided in the court house. There is a plaque in the front of the building that, for some reason or other, goes out of its way to let you know he was an okay dude. We suspect there is some context for why someone felt the need to defend the judge of what was, at the time, an enemy nation, but it must be in Malaysian cause we couldn't find it.



Stop #5: Royal Ipoh Club



If we may directly quote from the Royal Ipoh Club website


We are proud to be one of the "Oldest" Club in Malaysia.

The use of quotes around '"Oldest"' is a little unusual. Do they mean "Oldest" ironically? Is it actually a very new club, the youngest in fact? Or did someone famous famously say "Oldest" in regards to the Royal Ipoh Club? We've scoured their website for answers, and Snopes as well, but no answers as of yet.

Also, they are "one of the 'Oldest'"? Like top 3? Top 10? 100? Personally, we are not impressed unless we see the rankings (something else we couldn't find on their website!).

So, we totally get that English probably wasn't the first language of whoever wrote this, but we can't help making fun of this a little.

Quick History: Some sources claim it originally was constructed in 1895 (as it says in the picture), but we suspect that particular year may refer to the origination of the club as a group of people and not the building itself. The Royal Ipoh Club website seems to indicate the building was built during Japanese occupation, but also leaves some room for interpretation.

Architecture: One source claims it is mock-Tudor, and while that seems to fit with our limited understanding of architecture we couldn't find any authoritative opinions to confirm this.

Our Thoughts: Were you really impressed by stops 1-4? Get ready to be a little underwhelmed! This is the first stop, if you are moving along this trail linearly, that shows some unevenness. It is still a nice enough building and it is on the way to the next few anyway, so you might as well stop and look. But if you find yourself on the other side of the road from it, we would recommend just snapping a picture from there and moving on.


Stop #6: Church of St. John The Divine



The Church of St. John the Divine, which from here on out is going to be called 'St. John's,' is an Anglican church very near stops 1-5 on this trail.

Quick History: It was originally completed in 1912, but has been updated/restored/re-church-ified a few times since then.

A few sources we found regarding St. John's say that it has a "knave" measuring 72ft. The only definitions of "knave" we could find are "a dishonest or unscrupulous man," or "a jack in a deck of cards" but we suspect that isn't what they mean. If anyone out there knows what the heck they are talking about, let us know in the comments or email us.

Fun Fact! During the Japanese occupation during WWII (noticing a theme yet?) St. John's was turned into a noodle factory! Many sources will tell you this was due to religious suppression by the Japanese. But, interestingly enough, there were many Mosques on this tour and we could find no evidence that they were also shut down during the occupation, something we would normally expect to see if there was a general "religious suppression." We suspect that while some amount of suppression may have played a small role, a much larger reason for the conversion of the church was the lack of Colonial British in the area during the time, who probably made up a majority of the Anglican congregation, thus leaving the church empty. But this isn't nearly as good of a story :)

Architecture: No idea! It looks a lot like other Anglican churches we've seen, so generally churchy in a British sort of way?

Our Thoughts: It is a church! It looks like a lot of other churches we've seen! Cool!

Oh, and did you notice Monica is in the picture we took?




Stop #7: St. Michael Institution



Selfie time! Although our personal motivations were decidedly not on the same page. Monica went with "sassy pursed lips," and Warren went with "count my teeth if you can."

So this is a school with the motto:
"RESPECT DISCIPLINE ORDER, MAKE IT HAPPEN"

Which is absolutely hilarious. It is written just like that on the schools website, in all-caps and with quotes. That means someone famous famously shouted it. Or the school is ironically screaming its motto.

They also use the motto, "Quis ut Deus?" This means, "Who, like God?" This, too, is funny.

Also, it is included on at least one list of the most haunted places in Ipoh! 

Quick History: It was established in 1912 (we aren't entirely sure why all the sources use the word established and not built... possibly this refers to the origin of a school on the grounds and not the physical building) and is an all-male Catholic primary and secondary school.

Architecture: No idea! School architecture? 

Our Thoughts: St. Michael's is hard to miss in Ipoh. Chances are you will see it a bunch anyway, so you might as well take a moment and look at it intentionally.




Stop #8: India Muslim Mosque



Quick History: Founded in 1908 (although we aren't sure if that refers to when it this building was built or when something generally happened on this spot) by Sheikh Adam, a member of the Tamil Indian community (a large minority in Ipoh), this mosque cost $500,000 to construct. We couldn't figure out if the cost referred to US dollars or another currency (the British pound was probably the currency most often used at the time) and if this number was adjusted for inflation. But, if it really did cost that much in dollars (or pounds sterling) in 1908, that was certainly a crazy large amount.

Architecture: The arches are of a Chitya Indian or Moghul style, which is similiar to the Diwan-i-Khas (Red Fort) in Delhi.

Our Thoughts: It was a nice building and stands out as unique as compared to the other mosques in Ipoh. Also, as of so far, you are still near all prior stops on this trail, so why wouldn't you stop over and give a look?



Stop #9: F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant



F.M.S. stands for 'Federated Malay States,' btw.

Quick History: F.M.S. Bar and Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Malaysia (no, we didn't eat or drink there... it sort of looked closed to us... but this wasn't unusual in Ipoh and often didn't have anything to do with whether or not it was open or even occupied... we just were bad at getting to restaurants when they were actually open), and originally opened in 1906 as a stop for European miners and other workers.

Architecture: Nope, couldn't find anything. Old, we guess.

Our Thoughts: Nice! Also, having a plaque to read, appreciate, and make a pose while leaning upon, is always a nice thing for a building.



Stop #10: Hong Kong and Shanghai Building




Quick History: It was built in 1931 and "was once was the tallest building in Ipoh," although we cannot figure out when it held the title of "tallest." We assume from 1931, when it was built, to... um... last Thursday? Honestly, we didn't look that hard for the answer here, but just thought it was funny that every source says, "... and was once the tallest building in Ipoh," with no other explanation.

Architecture: Victorian neo-Renaissance. Full disclosure: We aren't really sure how architectural terms work and if we can even stack up these terms together as we've done. Mostly, we are taking a shot in the dark.

Our Thoughts: There are a cluster of buildings, with this being one, very close to each other that impressed us so much we sought out the pamphlet that led to this tour. It is a few blocks where every corner is another example of a striking building and chances are good if you visit Ipoh, you'll stumble across it at some point.




Stop #11: S.P.H. De Silva Building



Quick History: It was built in 1931 and recently had some restoration work done to it.

ArchitectureVictorian neo-Renaissance.

Our Thoughts: This building too was part of cluster of similar buildings in Old Town that originally caught our attention.



Stop #12: Chung Thye Phin Building



Quick History: Built in 1907, it was associated with medicine throughout much of its early history. The name, Chung Thye Phin, is after a man of the same name who was a wealthy Malayan tin miner and rubber planter of Hakka ancestry. When he died, many thought he was the wealthiest man in the state of Penang. If you are following closely, you might have remembered Ipoh is the capital of the state of Perak, not Penang. 
Why is there a building named after a rich gentleman from another state, you ask? 
That's a great question, we respond! Dunno.

Architecture: Dunno. Same as others?

Our Thoughts: We frequently walked on the walkway between the arches and building proper, and it took us a while to finally step back and take a look. Another cool building!



Stop #13: Straits Trading Building (OCBC)



Quick History: Straits Trading Company is the original name of what is now referred to as the OCBC Bank Building. It was built in 1907 and housed the Straits Trading Company, a tin-smelting company (if you didn't know, much of the early economy of Ipoh was based on tin-mining).

Our Thoughts: Two thumbs up.



Stop #14: The Chartered Bank



Quick History: It was built in 1902 and originally housed the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China Ltd.

Our Thoughts: Another winner!
Stop #15: Mercantile Bank



Quick History: The Mercantile Bank of India was located in this building, which was built in 1931 by the 'British Resident of Perak' (whatever that is), Mr. B.W. Elles.

Architecture: Art Deco inspired.
Fun Fact: Many other city newspapers, such as in Singapore, had articles about how Ipoh was getting a bit full of itself after they unveiled this building. They sited the use of art deco and an indication of pretension, and questioned whether or not the business class would even appreciate such luxuries. Rivalries! Fun!

Our Thoughts: It is a pretty building and still within the Old Town group of pretty buildings we've talked about already. We really wish we knew about other cities getting bent out of shape over it while we were still there, cause if we did we would have appreciated it a lot more!



Stop #16: Residence & Law Office of the Seenivasagam Brothers



Quick History: S.P. and D.R. Seenivasagam were brothers who both had long and illustrious careers in Ipoh. The older, S.P., served as the first president of the Ipoh Municipal Council in 1962, and the younger, D.R., was a member of Parliament.

Our Thoughts: As far as we can tell, this is included on this trail/tour simply because Ipoh is super duper proud of these two brothers and wants you to know about it. The buildings themselves are less the point than their former residents. Oh, and you want to know exactly which one they lived in, it is the one furthest to the right in the picture (unfortunately, it is the smallest one, it has a small yellow umbrella in front of it.... we didn't know at the time!).

If you are doing this trail/tour only for appreciation of the buildings and their design/architecture, then feel free to skip this one. But, it is centrally located and very close to many of the others on this list, so you'll probably see it anyway.



Stop #17: Perak Hydro Building



Quick History: Built in 1902 by The Standard Chartered Bank (remember them?), it was later occupied by the Perak Hydro-Electric Power Company, for which it is now named.

ArchitectureVictorian neo-Renaissance.

Our Thoughts: This was the last building we looked at on our first day of trying this trail/tour. As it turns out, if the sun is blazing and you're starting at one in the afternoon, one through seventeen is about all you want to do. Also, by the time you get to #17, you begin to wonder if all the buildings on the tour are just other buildings you've already noticed a bunch (it turns out no, they are not) and perhaps you are starting to get a bit bored.



Stop #18: Birch Memorial




Quick History: This clock tower is named in honor of James Wheeler Woodford Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak (the state of which Ipoh is the capital) (we suspect the term "British Resident" means something more than just some British dude living somewhere, rather it was probably more of a title, like a round about way of announcing someone as governor without upsetting the existing governor). While he was bathing in a river, he was speared to death by the Malay nationalist Lela Pandak Lam in 1875, who was acting with approval of a committee led by Sultan Abdullah. There are a whole bunch of theories about why this happened... the British claimed it was because Birch did away with the enslaving of natives of Perak, a key source of income for Sultan Abdullah, and many Malay historians claim it was because Birch was disrespectful of local customs which had incensed local chiefs. Either way, it is a heck of a drama and makes for a good read.

Now that you know about the "Birch" part of the Birch Memorial, let's talk about the "Memorial" part, shall we? The key features of interest are the people along the strip about the middle. They are depictions of real (or supposedly real) people who've contributed more than their fair share to history. We noticed Newton, Moses, Socrates, and a bunch we couldn't identify. In total there are 44 of them.

It was completed in 1909 by E.W. Birch in memoriam of his father.

Our Thoughts: The clock tower is quite pretty and set in a pretty spot. Check out this website for a 3D map of the area around it. We also had a lot of fun trying to figure out who all the people in the middle bit were.





Stop #19: Jan Sahib's Office



Quick History: Jan S. A. Sahib was an Indian Muslim who was important to the local Indian Muslim community in the 1930s. We assume he worked in one of these buildings? Who knows...

Our Thoughts: This stop, much like stop #16, seems to be on the list because of the former resident rather than the building itself.

At some point since 2006 they have been renovated, which is a good thing, but even more recently someone made the horrible decision to paint them all the same, pretty ugly, color. If you'd like to see a picture of pre and post 2006 renovation, including when they weren't monochromatic, check out Timothy Tye's post on the same buildings on his site.




Stop #20: Mikasa Photo Shop



Quick History: The building was constructed in 1908 and originally housed Messrs. Hoot and Co., a motorcycle company. Oh, and in case you are curious, "Messrs." is defined as "a title to refer formally to more than one man simultaneously, or in names of companies."

In 1911, Mikasa Photo Shop, a Japanese studio set up shop.

Our best guess is no one wanted anything owned by the Japanese in Ipoh after WWII because as the war concluded it was "taken over" (read: not bought) by two Chinese gentlemen.

Architecture: No idea on this one. But buildings like this probably weren't built to impress anyone.

Our Thoughts: This stop is directly across the street from the last stop. Unfortunately, this street is not an easy one to cross (can you see the motion blur of the car in the photo? That's because it is moving fast) and you'll have to go out of your way to find a crosswalk at a light. Thus, if you have to choose which side of the street to be on so you can only get a good view of one, then choose the east side to get a good view of #20. Not only is it much prettier than stop #19, but you are on the same side of the street as the Birch Memorial.



Stop #21: Dramatist's Hostel



Quick History: Also known as The Chinese Theatre Hostel, it was built in the 1920's (unclear of the exact date) to give housing to the Chinese opera troupes that performed at the theatre next door. Today, it is a coffee shop and cafeteria (one at which we ate breakfast many times!).

Our Thoughts: Regarding its aesthetic beauty, perhaps it isn't the greatest. But, if you are doing this tour/trail and could really use a cup of Ipoh's famous white coffee, make sure to stop here.




Stop #22: Perak Ku Kong Chow Association



We aren't going to do any research for this building.

Our Thoughts: As of January 2018, this building is abandoned and gutted. We feel that if someone were to put together a heritage tour/trail in 2018 and actually vetted the list of possible candidates by maybe looking at them first, then this building (or, more accurately, facade of a building) would be the first to be removed.

If you are in the neighborhood anyway, maybe it is worth a turn of the head. But not worth slowing down.



Stop #23: Han Chin Pet Soo Building



Quick History: The Han Chin Pet Soo Building is actually a museum about the Hakka tin miners of Ipoh. The current building was built in 1929, and replaced an original building, that was home to the Hakka Tin Miners Club, that was built in 1893.

Our Thoughts: In order to visit this museum, you must first make a booking, something we never got around to doing. We hear it is nice though. :)



Stop #24: Panglima Lane (Concubine Lane)



Quick History: The word "panglima" means "commander" in Malaysia. The reason it is also called "concubine"? Yep, it's because of whores.

First and foremost, although everything we are about to include is replicated all over the internet, stories of "olden days," "olden times," or "heydays," that involve social norms being flagrantly ignored for pretty much the only time in a culture's history are almost always exaggerated and sometimes made up entirely. Just look into the "wild west" for examples. That said, the story is that Hakka tin miners would come home from the mines and immediately head to Concubine Lane to smoke all the opium and... do whatever people do with prostitutes. Again, this sounds like some racist fantasy, but whatever.

Our Thoughts: Concubine Lane was a through road for us nearly everyday we were in Old Town. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and photo opportunities (see above) throughout and no visit to Ipoh would be complete without having seen it.



Stop #25: Old Federal Building



We aren't going to do any research on the Old Federal Building.

Our Thoughts: It is a pretty building, but you'd need to walk up an unpleasant road to get to it. Once you are there, this and the next building are on opposite sides of the street from each other, so you can quickly take two pictures of two places quickly, but seeing as how they are out of the way from everything else, we'd recommend not bothering.



Stop #26: Darul Ridzuan Museum



Quick History: The full name of the state of Perak, of which Ipoh is the capital, is "Perak Darul Ridzuan." The second and third parts of this name translate as, "Abode of Grace." We assume that this is a museum about Perak, the state, but...

Our Thoughts: It was closed the entire time we were in Ipoh! And we were there a heck of a long time! If it does ever open back up and you like museums a lot, then maybe it is worth the visit, but if it is just to see the building for the sake of this tour/trail, we'd recommend adding this one to the skip pile.



Stop #27: Anglo-Chinese School



We won't be doing any additional research on this building. 

Our ThoughtsThis building is the only one on the tour/trail that is on the south side of a large and hard to cross road. That wouldn't be a big deal if it was a beautiful building and had a convenient place from which to appreciate it. Unfortunately, it is not and did not. You can see from the photo we took, the best vantage point we found had us standing on a concrete fence in order to get high enough to see anything over another fence/carpark between us and the school. Yes, the name of the city was printed on yet another fence, this time chain-link, which was a nice touch for our picture, but the difficulty of getting to and the lack of appealing photo-opportunities mean we think you should cross this one off your list.

 
Stop #28: Dato' Panglima Kinta's Mosque




Quick History: Muhammad Yusuff built this mosque in memory of his wife the year she died. Construction started in 1898 and according to some sources, including www.beautifulmosque.com, "was one of the most beautiful and largest mosques in Ipoh when it was completed." 

We would argue that this mosque is still one of the most beautiful in Ipoh. :)

Our Thoughts: Of all the buildings that require you, the follower of this heritage trail, to leave the Old Town area, this one is the most worth it. 

Unfortunately, every shot you could think of to take of this mosque is going to have some telephone/electricity cables in it, which sucks. But if you are inclined, they are worth removing with your photoshop skills. We don't have any such skills... or inclination... but we are still pretty happy with the second shot.




Stop #29: The 'Bulan Bintang' Building



Quick History: "Bulan" means "moon" and "bintang" means "star." We are guessing that title has something to do with the moon and star, symbols of Islam, on the front of the building... maybe we'll never know...

It was originally known as the Forest Lodge and was built by Eu Tong Sen and Chung Thye Phin (remember that name from stop #12?) as a weekend retreat where they could play with their cars and horses. After WWII it was converted into a medical center for Muslims.

Our Thoughts: Although it is a pretty building and does have some interesting history, it is a hard one to get to (not as hard as stop #30, but still too hard for what should be a pleasant day). We would recommend avoiding this stop if you like happiness and not walking on streets without sidewalks.




Stop #30: The Army Reserved Force




We won't be doing any additional research for this building.

Our Thoughts: So, if you are doing this tour, go ahead and skip this one. Even if you are not the sort of person to leave anything unfinished, this time you should make an exception. Getting to it is difficult, there are no sidewalks for the final kilometer and no where to really pull a car over that isn't the entrance to a military base (we aren't entirely sure, but we feel they might frown upon someone blocking their entrance... and they are the people with guns, sooooo...). And once you get there, get ready to have difficulty even spotting it from the road because it is so far away! That first picture is after we cropped it quite a bit so you could see the darn building.

And, adding insult to injury, they have this rather uninformative sign practically in the road near the front that has been water damaged and made near impossible to read! It is almost as though no one ever attempted to complete this heritage trail before they made the pamphlet...




CONCLUSIONS!!!!!

First, allow us to congratulate you on having made it this far! This post is probably our longest and more intensive, but we had a lot of fun doing the trail/tour and wanted to justify taking all those pictures.

Don't do the whole tour as it is written on the pamphlet!
Trust us, no one involved with the making of this tour walked it all. Parts of it are unpleasant and other parts involve having to climb on fences to get a view.

Instead, do this abbreviated version!

Stops #1-15 (They're what you wanted to see when you picked this pamphlet up anyway!)
Stop #18 (The Birch Memorial is perhaps the highlight of the whole tour/trail.)
Stop #21 (Mostly just so you can take a break and have a cup of coffee!)
Stops #23-24 (Concubine Lane is great, and the Han Chin Pet Soo Building is on one end of it, soo..)
Stop #28 (But not at the same time! This one is too far away from the rest to justify making it part of a long day of walking, but it is still the prettiest mosque we saw in Ipoh and worth checking out if you are ever in the neighborhood.)


And that's it!


If you visit Ipoh, Malaysia, we recommend taking the time to do (parts of) the Ipoh Heritage Tour. Some stops are not worth it, but most of the tour shows off interesting architecture and highlights of Old Town. The Ipoh Heritage Tour is a good free guideline for checking out the small city... perfect for budget travelers!

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nave

    But I have a feeling you knew that. ;)

    And I just learned that apparently whoever has the "longest nave" wins. Hm. I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

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    1. What?!
      The "knave" we saw written was spelled with a "k." We didn't even think to look for it without the "k"!

      Although, if we are being honest, we really didn't do that much research. Once we hit the first wall we bounced off like a bumper car and went on to the next subject. Because did you see how long this post is? It took, like, days to make! Days! No one's got time for that!

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