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Welcome to Ipoh -  The Bougainvillea City


Ipoh, the capital of the state of Perak in Malaysia, is situated in the Kinta Valley which was once the richest single tin field in the world.

The City is half-way between Penang and Kuala Lumpur and has its fair share of tourist attractions.  Not only is Ipoh interesting in itself, but it also serves as a base for a tour of the many towns and places in Perak such as the royal town of Kuala Kangsar and the inviting beaches of the beautiful Pangkor Island off the coast of Perak.

A Column From The Past
Ipoh derived its name from the 'Ipoh Tree' which grew widely and in abundance in this locality.  The poisonous latex obtained from these trees was much sought after by the natives for their blow-pipe darts used in the hunting of wild animals.  Today, these trees can still be found growing sparcely in certain parts of the city.

Ipoh is situated along the bank of the Kinta river and the confluence of smaller rivers namely Sungai Pinji and Sungai Pari.  It was then the bounding area or harbour for all incoming junks and sampans from the Straits of Malacca through the Perak river which was the main thorough fare of all transportation at that time.

Ipoh was then a small village headed by the then Dato Panglima Kinta, a territorial chief appointed by the Sultan of Perak.  By 1890, Ipoh experienced tremendous development when tin was mined in the Kinta Valley which later became the principal tin producing area in the world.  With the influx of immigrants, Ipoh became the focal destination of wealth hunters and jobseekers from all over the world; the English, the French, the Chinese and the Indians.

Between 1905 and 1914, the most outstanding development was Ipoh's extension across the Kinta River which was to become today's 'New Town'.  From then on, the village became a town, a municipality and on 27th May 1988, Ipoh was conferred city status by the Sultan of Perak, His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah.

Ipoh city covers an area of 171 sq. km with a cosmopolitan population of almost 500,000 which is expected to reach 600,000 by the year 2000.






 

 

 


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