IPOH

Ipoh is the capital city of the state of Perak in Malaysia and the third largest city in the country. It grew rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the booming tin industry. With the decline of the tin industry in the latter half the 20th century growth stagnated and today tourism is a major driver of the local economy.

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This is Ipoh railway station, a great example of colonial architecture. Re-built on the site of the original station construction started in 1914 but was delayed because of the First World War and not opened until 1917. It is apparently known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by locals. Designed by the architect Arthur Bennison Hubback it also included the Majestic Hotel.

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Which today is sadly a pale imitation of its former self…….boarded up and gradually crumbling……….

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The Padang in Ipoh is still alive and well and cricket is still played at the Royal Ipoh Club….a colonial hangover that seems a little out of place in today’s environment!!

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