a town located in northern Perak,
Malaysia. It is the second largest town in
Perak after Ipoh,
the state capital. Taiping took over Kuala
Kangsar's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then
replaced by Ipoh. Its development slowed down after
that, but in recent years the town has begun developing rapidly again.
Perak State Museum is located in the town.
Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in
Peninsular Malaysia. The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in
Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm – 2,500mm. Its unusual
rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old
rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.
surrounded by many suburban and small villages, it is administrated by
Majlis Perbandaran Taiping (MPT) and the district office also located
in Taiping are Taiping Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Taiping
Zoo (with Night Safari), etc.