Ipoh is the third-largest city in Malaysia and is well worth a visit particularly for art lovers. Located between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Ipoh is easily accessed by neighboring cities.
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- Things To Do in Ipoh Malaysia
- See The Birch Memorial Clock Tower
- Explore D.R. Seenivasagam Park
- View The Street Art
- Explore Gunung Lang Recreational Park
- Visit Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple
- Explore Sultan Abdul Aziz Park
- Visit Kellie’s Castle
- Paintings At Gua Tambun Cave
- Explore Perak Cave Temple
- Visit The Flea Market
- Try Ipoh White Coffee
- Enjoy Malaysian dishes
- Where To Stay in Ipoh Malaysia
- Wrapping Up
The town has an arty feel to it but it also offers interesting things to see and do like exploring caves, temples, markets, food, and much more.
Quick Information On Malaysia
- Currency: Ringgit (RM)
- Language: Malaysian
- Population: Over 32 million
- Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
- Best time to visit Malaysia: For visiting the east coast is from March to September since it is typically drier. The west coast is from November to August.
- How to get there: You can fly into Malaysia as there are flights to most major cities in Malaysia. Also, You can enter by land through Thailand or via sea.
Things To Do in Ipoh Malaysia
Let’s have a look at some of the fun things to do in Ipoh Malaysia. Here is our list!
See The Birch Memorial Clock Tower
A visit at the Birch Memorial Clock Tower will take you back to 1875 to the assassination of the first British resident of Perak, James Birch.
The Birch Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1909 as a memorial to James Birch.
The tower has four statues around the top symbolizing “loyalty, patience, justice and fortitude” designed to represent the virtues of the British administration.
Explore D.R. Seenivasagam Park
If want to take a timeout from the busy city? Then, there is Dr. Seenivasagam park. It is a large park, where people can walk, jog, ride bikes, yoga and there is a play area for kids.
There are nice bridges over the streams. And you can put your name on one of the bamboo trees at the bamboo thicket.
On the downside is that park is not well maintained so sometimes rubbish can build up.
View The Street Art
Once in Ipoh particularly in Oldtown, you will be provided with maps that show exact places to see the art.
You will meet different artists that will lead you through the artwork been painted on to the wall.
There are some famous artworks like Uncle folding a coffee cup. You can also take pictures as a reminder of the artwork.
Explore Gunung Lang Recreational Park
Gunung Lang is a limestone hill with a beautiful green landscape and with a huge man-made lake with fish that you can feed. The park is over 30 hectares and is around 20 mins drive outside of Ipoh.
At the park, you will find an observation tower, a small zoo and good facilities there with a cafe shop. First, there is a man-made waterfall just beside the entrance.
You can buy bread to feed the fishes at the park. There is a small island in the middle of the lake where the boat ride costs 3 RM brings you across.
Visit Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple
Sam Poh Tong Cave temple in Gunung Rapat is evidence of architectural spectacle. It is said that this was one of a few temples that are in a cave in Ipoh but the only one with a tortoise pond inside.
Inside the temple, gates is a pond with fish and beautiful stone structures and some flowers on the side.
After a short walk past the statues and along a cave tunnel, you will find the tortoise pond. The whole area is well maintained.
Explore Sultan Abdul Aziz Park
It is commonly called Polo Ground because the Ipoh Turf Club racecourse is nearby.
The park has facilities similar to other recreational parks but the facilities here are better than the others. You will enjoy walking or jogging tracks.
Also, there is a kid’s playground, exercise bars, tennis court, cycling track, and standalone truck eateries.
Visit Kellie’s Castle
No trip to Ipoh would be complete without a side trip to Kellie’s Castle.
Simply it is a castle or even a mansion that was never finished because the owner died before it was completed as a gift for his wife who ultimately returned back to the UK and never returned to Malaysia.
You can walk around the grounds, explore inside the castle. You can see each and every room inside it while getting some context from well-placed plaques that explain each room and section of the castle.
There are lots of stairs to climb, once you reach the top. You are rewarded with a nice view of the grounds and the town.
There is an entrance fee of RM5 for adult and RM3 for child.
Paintings At Gua Tambun Cave
At the Gua Tambun Cave, you will fill Neolithic art with more than 600 human and animal pictures that were discovered by a British soldier in 1959.
You will see images believed to exist for thousands of years.
Although there has been the destruction of lower parts of the cave, you will follow the field lane, cross the bridge, and follow the signs to the cave once you are in Tambun.
Explore Perak Cave Temple
This is the best of the 3 cave temples in Ipoh. It is spacious, clean, and is nicely laid out. There is a long walk up over 400 steps to the top where you get a great viewpoint of Ipoh.
View the golden Buddha, statues, and writings that define Chinese knowledge. Once you make it to the top of the building, you will have a lovely view of the iconic structures and Ipoh town as a whole.
Bring water, you need at least 45 minutes at this cave temple.
Visit The Flea Market
On Sunday morning there is the Memory Lane Flea market that sells everything from old books, vases, vintage cameras to jeans and t-shirts.
You can purchase food and drinks from the stalls at the market.
Try Ipoh White Coffee
Ipoh claim to frame is for having invented the Ipoh White Coffee.
The coffee beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine and the resulting coffee is served with condensed milk.
Enjoy Malaysian dishes
Known for the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice and Gai Si Hor Fun, you will have the chance to taste Malaysian food. Pay a visit to some of the eateries such as Ong Kee, Cowan Street, among others.
You have the chance to test the fantastic aromatic chicken offered at the various restaurants.
Where To Stay in Ipoh Malaysia
Ipoh has a good supply of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Ipoh Malaysia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
WEIL Hotel Ipoh
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $80 for Double room
WEIL Hotel Ipoh offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a buffet restaurant and free WiFi. Rooms have air-conditioned. Amenities include tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV and a dining area.
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $30 for Double room
French Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Memory Lane. It offers free parking facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. En suite bathrooms come with toiletries and shower facilities.
Finally, as you can see, visiting Ipoh there is a lot to do during your visit. Although there are still many more things to do in Ipoh Malaysia, you will have a lot of fun while exploring Ipoh.
All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Ipoh has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Ipoh Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.