The sleepy town of Ipoh came into existence in the 1820s and developed into a booming tin mining town during the British era in 1950s. Ipoh or more historically known as Paloh by the locals is the capital city of the Perak state, on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Ipoh New Town and Ipoh Old Town is divided by the Kinta River and at the old town is where you can see the architectural remains of old buildings and shop lots left during the colonial era. It is said that the booming economy of tin mining collapse in the 1970s due to the drop of tin price thus bringing the tin mining industry in Ipoh to a close.
Today, the old town is alive and bustling with hip and happening restaurants and coffee joints whilst maintaining the colonial charm.
We love how the outlets creatively design their shops to give their patrons the feel of Old Ipoh while sipping our coffee.
Another enjoyable feature of Ipoh Old Town is the presence of murals arts by Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian artist. He took one and a half months to complete 7 murals all around Ipoh Old Town and we had fun trying to locate them.
From an old tin mining town to a new developing city, it is good to have Ipoh Old Town that we can rely on to experience the good old days.