I've been to Taiping a few times over the years but don't know it very well. This year, 2014, I've been 4 times since April, with one overnight trip in Nov. So this year I got to see a few of the sights.
Taiping was the capital of Perak until 1937 when this status was given to Ipoh.
One of the best known attractions is Lake Gardens. I usually drive around the gardens on every visit. It is such a nice place with the long avenue of century-old rain trees. These majestic trees border the road and in some places drooping branches seem to defy gravity as they almost touch the passing cars.
Within the gardens is the Taiping Zoo & Night Safari. I have never been to the zoo in the daytime. This Nov we did the Night Safari which was a first for me.
Mixed feelings about the night zoo. They have quite a few trams to take people around. There are new electric ones but unfortunately we were on one of the oldest non electric, it was really noisy and hardly made the slight uphill gradients. Also the commentary was too loud and all in Malay. Otherwise it's quite good. Didn't see too many animals - not sure if it's cos they were hiding or if they have died, as at some places e.g. tapir & camel, the man didn't even slow down to look.
Also in the gardens is The Commonwealth War Cemetery. It lies on either side of the road leading to Maxwell Hill. There are almost 850 graves and many are marked 1941 the final resting place of a company of soldiers who fought the Japanese when they invaded Taiping.
The cemetery has two entrances, and there are different religious sections the Christian graves are on the south-eastern side of the road while the Muslim and Gurkha soldiers who fell in battle are on the opposite side. More than 500 of the graves at the cemetery are unidentifiable.
Further up the road is the entrance to Bukit Larut / Maxwell Hill. However the road had been closed since mid Oct due to a landslide.
We wanted to go to the Burmese Pool so set off walking. However we didn't realise it is right by the bridge and we walked for more than half an hour before turning back as it was getting dark.
There are nice old trees in town as well
I revisited the Perak Museum in Aug, they now have dual pricing and it is RM5 for foreigners. It was opened in 1886.
Opposite is the notorious Taiping Gaol, built in 1885.
Perak's oldest brick mosque is in Taiping. Built in 1897, the old Kota Mosque was a Hanafi sect mosque that was used by the Indian Muslim community. Its architecture is unique as it has a six-sided facade. The mosque was later passed to the Malay community and thereafter became known as Masjid Melayu (Malay Mosque).
The country's first railway was built to transport tin from Taiping to Port Weld on the coast. The first train ran in 1885 and slowly replaced the elephants which used to carry the tin ore along the jungle paths.
Outside the First Galleria are some railway relics, such as this carriage and some platform bridges.
Also this phone box which actually came from England. The First Galleria is housed in the old Sanitary Board Building.
I've been to Yut Sun a couple of times, for coffee and cakes, the latest visit was for lunch and cakes. It's an old style Hainese coffee shop.
Opposite is a pisang goreng shop
Another old building
Sadly there is lots of development now. The first condos are being built and there is construction in other places as well - this one is next to Kamala Resort near the cemetery
And some 'news graffiti' in Lake Gardens