A QUICK GLANCE AT PERAK
Perak, the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is populated by approximately 2.45 million people. The total area of Perak is 21,022km2 with Ipoh as its state capital and Kuala Kangsar as its royal capital. From the religious aspects, about 50% of residents in Perak are Muslims, followed by about 25% of Buddhists, 10% of Hindus and 5% of Christians, and the remaining are followers of other religions. The Arabic honorific, Darul Ridzuan means “land of grace”.
Apart from its modern history of Perak Sultanate in the early 1500s, various aspects including its economy, education, transportation and local cultures of Perak were also influenced by its past of Dutch and British Colonialism. Perak is a constitutional monarchy according to the laws of the Constitution of Perak, and thus, it has a constitutional hereditary ruler. In terms of economy, agriculture is one of the main sectors in Perak, particularly those related to rubber, palm oil and coconut. Owing to the abundance of natural attractions, tourism is also now a growing industry in Perak.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF PERAK
Abundance of Nature
The abundance of nature with spectacular panoramic view from the stretches of hills of the Titiwangsa range along its Eastern edge, adorned with some impressive caves, the massive Temenggor Lake, as well as beautiful beaches and the famous Pangkor island are some of the popular landmarks of Perak. Some of the most popular places with abundance of nature include Tambun Hot Springs, Gua Tempurung, Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) and Lata Kinjang waterfall located about 18 km from Tapah.
For picnickers, campers, and those who love water sports and sunbathing, Teluk Batik (about 6.5 km from Lumut) is the ideal beach to visit. Apart from that, the massive Taiping Lake Gardens which covers an area of more than 60 hectares is one of the most beautiful parks in Perak. Another ideal place for sightseeing is Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary where different exotic species of birds nest. It is said that more than 100 species of birds and some of the protected bird species have also been spotted here.
Another notable attraction in Perak is the River Terrapin Breeding Project (Bota Kanan), a breeding farm for 'Tuntung' (river terrapins) about 40km away of lpoh. The conservation of this species is the main objective of this project. In recent years, more than 25,000 hatchings have been released into the Perak River from the hatchery at Bota Kanan. Visitors can watch the migrating river terrapins laying eggs in the wilds from November to March every year.
Colourful Historical and Cultural Places
The capital of Perak, Ipoh, Batu Gajah and Taiping are some of the historic towns where ancient buildings and various attractions are located. The famous royal town, Kuala Kangsar is where some of the most interesting palaces, museums and mosques are located. The Ubudiah Mosque at Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, is reputed to be one of the most stunning mosques in the country, a symbol of pride and faith for all Muslims in Perak. Located about 80 km from Ipoh, lies the magnificent Teluk Intan Leaning Tower, a leaning pagoda-like structure built in 1885 is also one of the most interesting places to visit.
Within close proximity of Ipoh, some of the attractions include the Sam Poh Tong, a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5 km south of lpoh, and the Perak Tong (Perak Cave) that lies within the massive limestone caves of Gunung Tasek. Apart from the natural stalactites and stalagmites, the walls within this cave are decorated with various statues of Buddha, a remarkable work of art and faith. Kellie's Castle (about half an hour drive from Ipoh), is yet another point of interest of Perak that one should not overlook.
Pasir Salak Historical Complex, Perak Museum (the oldest museum in Malaysia, built in 1883) that houses an impressive collection of aboriginal ornaments, ancient weapons, and archaeological treasures, as well as the Geological Museum at Jalan Sultan Azian Shah in lpoh that houses a collection of over 600 samples of minerals, are some of the other must-see places.
Famous for Its Variety of Local Foods
The mix culture and the historical past of Perak have led to the creation and innovation of various local cuisines in Perak. In fact, lots of food-related TV programmes have featured some of the famous local foods of Perak such as Bean Sprouts Chicken, Beef brisket noodle, Ipoh Laksa and Rendang Tok,. Flat rice rolled-up noodles known as Chee Cheong Fun that are served with minced pork and mushroom sauce, deep-fried shallots, sesame seeds and preserved green chilli, is another popular delicacy in Ipoh. Other popular local desserts and delicacies include wadai kiping, kuih limas, lemang jagung, and lempeng pisang as well as tempoyak, a popular Malay delicacy of durian flesh preserved through fermentation in earthen ware.
Shopping & Entertainment Convenience
Perak also has lots of shopping malls, retail and entertainment outlets such as the Ipoh Parade Shopping Centre, Kinta City Shopping Centre and other hypermarkets including Tesco, Econsave and Giant, make shopping more convenient during your stay. The Lost World of Tambun, an international standard theme park majestically located near Ipoh is another ideal place to go with family and friends during vacation.