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Ipoh is the capital of Perak.
Things to see
• Kellie's Castle which is the deserted mansion of an eccentric English planter,in Batu Gajah, half an hour's drive from Ipoh city centre. Its main appeal lies in the belief that it is haunted and that secret passages leading to hidden chambers exist.
• Sam Poh Tong (Cavern of Triple Gems) which is a Chinese temple is located at Gunung Rapat, built within a gigantic limestone cave. It has a popular attraction, a tortoise pond which houses hundreds of tortoises (a symbol of longevity) of various sizes.
• Kek Lok Tong (Cavern of Ultimate Bliss) a cave temple that lies on the other side of the same range of limestone hills as Sam Poh Tong but only accessible through Gunung Rapat housing area. Hence, Kek Lok Tong has a cleaner, quieter and more cooling environment and has the best scenic cave view.
• Perak Tong (Perak Cave) is located at Gunung Tasek and houses over 40 Buddha statues, has a steep, tall staircase in the interior of the cave rising up to the top of its hill where one is greeted by a beautiful and panoramic view of Ipoh and its surroundings. The statue of Buddha in Perak Tong is the tallest and largest of its kind in Malaysia. Both Perak Tong and Sam Poh Tong temples have decent vegetarian food. Perak Tong was built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China.
• Muzium Darul Ridzuan is an interesting historical museum of Perak, located in a pretty former tin-mining tycoon's mansion near the Anglo-Indian railway station.
• St. Michael's Institution is an architectural wonder. Established in 1912, it is one of the premier schools in Ipoh.
• Walk around the (relatively) old city and look at the classy late 19th - and early 20th - century buildings Ipoh is justly proud of.
Things to do
• Pasar Malam (Night markets). One of the favourite activities by local people is to visit wet market. There are many stalls that sell food and groceries. There are many wet market locations around the city, depending on the day of the week...
- Monday: Taman Menglembu, Taman Ipoh Jaya (near Gunung Rapat)
- Tuesday: Ipoh Garden East
- Wednesday: Ipoh Garden(near Perak stadium)
- Thursday: Taman SPPK
- Friday: Taman Pertama; Pekan Razaki (near Taman Ipoh Jaya)
- Saturday: Taman Rasi
- Sunday: Taman Cempaka (6pm-10pm only)
• Natural hotspring - at Tambun, a 10 minutes drive from Ipoh
• Hill climbing - Menglembu Hill in Menglembu provides awe-inspiring views of the limestone outcrops and caves that surround Ipoh
• White-water rafting and caving - River Kampar offers great excitement with its relatively safe rapids