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JPN Ipoh

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state, Malaysia. It is approximately 200 km (125 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur on the North-South Expressway. The city is administered by Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) after accorded a city status in 1988.
 
The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. The sap of this plant is poisonous and was used by Orang Asli (Indigenous Peoples in Malay) to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes for hunting purposes.

Ipoh city came into existence in the 1820s as a village on the banks of the Kinta River. It was less prominent at that time compared to the early mining town of Gopeng, 20 km south of Ipoh. In 1890, Frank Swettenham founded the Ipoh Sanitary Board which led to the systematic planning of Ipoh.

From the turn of the early 20th century, when more British tin-mining companies were set up in the city, Ipoh gained greater prominence.

Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia's main cities around the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry. During the British colonial era, Ipoh was Malaysia's second city for administrative purposes. There are several notable buildings from the British Colonial era such as the railway station and the town hall. 70% of Ipoh's population is of Chinese origin.


How to get there
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By Air

Ipoh is served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IATA: IPH). Firefly operates twice daily flights to and from the budget terminal of Singapore Changi Airport.

By Train

There are the regular KTM trains between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Prices for the old diesel trains range from RM12 to RM30 depending on class and take 3 hours to cover the distance. Electric train service (ETS) costs from RM16 to RM45 (depending on express or not) and take around 2 hours.

By Bus

The main Ipoh bus terminal is located at Medan Gopeng. The station provides services to and from just about any location in the country. Most frequent routes are to and from Kuala Lumpur (Puduraya Station), Singapore and Penang. Larger bus companies like Transnational, Plusliner, Konsortium and Sri Maju provide the most frequent, reliable and safe services.

Some bus companies also operate out of other locations. Sri Maju and Grassland Express operate services to and from Singapore from their offices at Jalan Bendahara. Tickets cost about RM50-60 one way

By Road

Ipoh is well connected to the North-South Expressway. You can get into Ipoh via Exit 137: Simpang Pulai or Exit 139: Ipoh Selatan

 

   

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