Meet at the lobby at 09:00 hours for a tour of Ipoh covering Han Chin Pet Soo, Ipoh Railway Station, Birch Memorial Clock Tower and Kek Lok Toong Temple.
Han Chin Pet Soo, which translates as Han Chin Villa, is Ipoh’s latest attraction, a fascinating museum-style exhibition in the beautifully restored
Hakka Miners’ Club building. It provides an insight into the shadowy goings-on at the tin miners’ club where prostitution, gambling, opium smoking and triad activities were carried out behind the elegant facade of the club. The Ipoh railway station was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century as such before being turned into a station. The original completion year of 1917 was delayed for three years due to lack of construction materials as well as high costs during World War I.
The Birch Memorial Clock Tower comprises a portrait bust and four panels illustrating the growth of civilisation. A dedication to J.W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of Perak, is found beneath the bronze bust of Birch in the north-facing niche. Pass by the handsome St Michael's Institution, a well-known public secondary school in Ipoh. The school was built in 1912 by a priest named Reverend Father J.B. Coppin from St. Michael's Church. During the Occupation, St. Michael's Institution became the headquarters of the Japanese government of Perak. The first floor of the main building and the hall were used as the police department and the treasury respectively. The first classroom on the ground floor served as a telephone exchange. The school's occupation ended when the Japanese surrendered, and the school reopened on 24th September 1945.
Kek Lok Tong is translated as Cavern of Ultimate Bliss and indeed it does seem to bring a feeling of well-being to the many local visitors who regard it as their favourite among Ipoh's many splendid cave temples. It is hidden deep within the residential area of Gunung Rapat with 12 acres of land that this cave temple is built upon, largely populated by beautiful limestone hills, lush foliage of trees, bushes and flowers and two lakes seated side by side. The cave has been used as a place of worship since the 1920's but during the 1960's the area was engaged i n iron ore mining and parts of the cave were excavated for this activity. When mining ceased it was dedicated again to religious purposes and opened to visitors in the 1970s. Being a spacious cavern with large openings at each end, it enjoys goo d natural lighting and a refreshing breeze blows through the cave. The Kek Lok Tong complex comprises a central altar featuring a number of Buddhist figures as well as various deities of the Chinese pantheon. Primary iron can still be seen within the limestone. The award winning landscape garden features a jogging path circling two lakes and one of the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh.
Stop for lunch @ Lou Wong and indulge in their free-range steamed chicken, the blanched bean sprouts and pop in their succulent and juicy pork balls with springy texture. Ipoh’s bean sprouts is the king of bean sprouts in Malaysia. Due to the abundance of hard water from the limestone hills surrounding Ipoh, bean sprouts that grow here are juicy and crunchy. The combination of soy sauce, sesame oil and shallot oil all tossed together with the plump and crunchy bean sprouts makes it more delicious. Sample their Ipoh’s classic ‘Sar Hor Fun’ (flat rice noodles) which can be served dry (tossed with soy sauce and dark soy sauce) or in soup which is the more popular version, in a sweet-tasting chicken broth. The noodles are so smooth that they slither down one’s throat with ease.
Meet at the lobby for dinner @ 19:00 hrs to Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant to savour their signature Pan Fried Big Headed Prawns, steamed beancurd with fish paste, mixed vegetables consisting of Lotus root, celery, macadamia nuts and ginkgo, ginger chicken and the divine stewed 3 layer pork slices with yam and lotus root.
Overnight on a bed-and-breakfast basis in **** Heritage Hotel Ipoh or similar ****