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TAIPING Patron YBhg. Dato’ Haji Abd Rahim bin Md.Ariff President, Taiping Municipal Council Advisors Borhan bin Abdul Halim Secretary, Taiping Municipal Council Dr. Kevin Lazarus Director, Zoo Taiping & Night Safari Chief Editor Hanim binti Ramly Head of Corporate, Public Relations and Tourism, Taiping Municipal Council Editors Syahrulnizam bin Baharom Rizal Ismara bin Ismail Hasmi bin Hassanuddin Contributors Ami Faizul bin Yaacob Efandi bin Saari Musnarizal bin Abd Manap Marketing & Circulation Siti Idayu binti Md Hasan Nurul Huda binti Shamsuddin Nur Farhana binti Ahmad Lilyyana binti Roslan Nurul Fatin binti Mat Zaki Azyani binti Aripin Nurul Izzati binti Md Akhir Erfan Syazani bin Ismail Rani Karam Kaur a/p Prem Singh Finance & Procurement Rosnita binti Ramli Ahmad Firdaus bin Mustuki Designer Muhammad Afiq bin Mohd Zaki Published & Printed by: Bluedale Publishing Sdn. Bhd. (769278-W) No.31-2, Block F2, Level 2, Jalan PJU 1/42A, Dataran Prima 47301 Petaling Jaya Selangor Darul Ehsan www.bluedale.com.my enquiry@bluedale.com.my +(6)03-7886 9219 In Collaboration with YBA Print Sdn Bhd (968296W) No. 28, Jalan 12/152, Taman Perindustrian OUG, Batu 6/5, Jalan Puchong, 58200 Kuala Lumpur ybaprint@gmail.com Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Taipingtheguide & Follow us at Twitter (@TaipingTheGuide) For more information about Tourism in Taiping, please visit the Taiping Municipal Gallery at the following address : Taiping Municipal Gallery PWD 105, Jalan Stesen, 34000 Taiping, Perak. +(6)05 8010832 / +(6)05 8048437 +(6)05 8010835 unitpelanconganmpt@gmail.com © Bluedale Group of Companies Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved. No re-production, copy or transmission of this publication may be made without written permission. No contents of this publication may be re-produced, copied or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Any person involved in unauthorized acts in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all the information, the publisher can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. For all enquiries related to advertising please contact us at enquiry@bluedale.com.my


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TAIPING CONTENTSContent List Introduction 4 Foreword 6 Message 7 Taiping - Preface 10 Taiping Town Today 12 History Taiping - In the view of Stella Martin History of Taiping Taiping’s Many Firsts Sejarah Sejarah Taiping Perkara-Perkara Pertama Taiping Special Feature Sightseeing Taiping Heritage Trail Sights & Attractions Mode of Transport Makan Angin Jejak Warisan Taiping Tarikan Utama Taiping Arts & Crafts 14 17 19 24 26 31 37 39 56 66 68 70 76 94


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Eating Out Food Haven Shopping Accommodation Transportation Essential Info Map 96 96 102 108 111 117 126


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INTRODUCTION Useful Phrases PETA M Perlis Kedah Penang Kelantan Terengganu Perak Selangor Kuala Lumpur Pahang Putrajaya Negeri Sembilan Melaka Johor Indonesia KAMUNTING TAIPING SIMPANG 0 100 200km


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INTRODUCTION Useful Phrases South China Sea MALAYSIA Philippines Brunei Sarawak Sabah Indonesia 5


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Foreword From COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR TOURISM , ART, CULTURE, COMMUNICATION AND MULTIMEDIA Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, Salam 1 Malaysia dan Salam Perak Aman Jaya Publishing Taiping The Guide is a very dynamic and admirable effort to add value to tourism activities and to promote tourism in Taiping. I want to congratulate The Taiping Municipal Council for successfully producing this guide book, with collaboration and support from players in the tourism industry in Taiping as well as various other agencies. This tourism guide book is the first to be produced in Perak and the Taiping Municipal Council is the first local authority in Malaysia to do so. The Perak State government truly appreciates the effort and cooperation shown and hopes that Taiping The Guide will become a very good reference book which will facilitate visitors and tourist during their visit to Fascinating Taiping and enable them to become very familiar with this lovely town. Perak has been blessed with wonderful and beautiful nature, heritage, culture and fantastic food. Taiping, a town in Larut Matang, one of the districts of the twelve districts in the state is fortunate to have all of these. Lastly, I sincerely hope the tourism industry in Perak and in Taiping specifically will continue to grow and prosper and become one of the main contributors to the economy in Perak as well as Malaysia. Thank you. (YB. DATO’ NOLEE ASHILIN BINTI MOHAMMED RADZI) 6


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Message From THE PRESIDENT, TAIPING MUNICIPAL COUNCIL YBhg. Dato’ Haji Abd Rahim bin Md. Ariff Taiping is the main town in the district of Larut Matang, a district located in the state of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. Taiping was developed within mining activities in the 19th century. In the early 1870s, the British intervened and took control of the town. The presence of the British in Taiping opened up opportunities for the entry of many international communities into this town. Taiping has more than 10 popular tourist attractions such as Eco and Agro products of Batu Kurau, Zoo Taiping & Night Safari, Taiping Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Matang Mangrove Forest, Perak Museum, Taiping Heritage Trail, Kampung Dew Fireflies and Homestay Bukit Gantang. The main attractions are Zoo Taiping with Night Safari and Taiping Lake Gardens as they are capable of attracting visitors and tourists. Visitors and tourists come to Taiping for three reasons : • The beauty of nature • The elements of heritage • A variety of food at reasonable prices. Taiping is endowed with a beautiful natural geography. Tourism products in Taiping include tropical rain forest at a height of 1,400 meters above sea level in Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) up to Kuala Sepetang which is a mangrove swamp rich with coastal activities. The Mangrove trees are managed expertly and recognized as the best managed Mangrove Forest in the world. Taiping is visited by tourists from countries in Asia such as China, Japan, Korea and Singapore. However, now more tourists from European countries have started visiting Taiping. 7


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Taiping has continued its effort to preserve many heritage buildings which give the town its unique feel. The town made a maintenance plan and has implemented it to maintain Taiping as a heritage town. The preservation of nature is also taken into consideration and added as a supportive element. With the various development plans and programs, the federal and state governments support Taiping which has an infinite potential to become a major tourist town, especially for international tourists. Taiping’s best assets are Taiping's heritage, nature and diversity of food delicacies. In addition, visitors and tourists come to enjoy the atmosphere of Taiping town which is not busy and crowded, but quiet and leisurely. They also like a variety of interesting characteristics from various races and ethnicities. All the uniqueness in Taiping is an attractive package that can make visitors and tourists want to extend their stay in Taiping and want to visit again. It is undeniable that in recent years Taiping needs strong support from the tourism industry to further stimulate economic growth. The uniqueness in Taiping town has the potential to attract tourists and thus uplift the economy of the town. Recognizing this, the Municipal Council has done a lot to promote and market Taiping’s tourism products internationally through various means. Among the efforts undertaken are to advertise Taiping tourism products on the TV screen and Electronic Flight Information Display System (E-FIDS) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Another method is to work with bloggers and magazine writers from abroad to have articles published in their countries. In addition to this, the Municipal Council also hosts special guests from out of state to visit Taiping tourism products so that they can get a lot of information about Taiping and share this to the communities in their countries. Taiping city is also not lagging behind in promoting Taiping in the social media community which is becoming a trend now. However, a more consistent effort is through memberships in TPO (Tourism Promotions Organization) and other international organizations such as South East Asian Zoos and Aquariums & Association (SEAZA). Through the networks of these organizations, the city hopes to have more opportunities to exposure the various tourism resources in Taiping internationally. Currently we are focusing on the development of two new tourism products that are the Taiping Heritage Trail and Perak Botanical Garden. The Taiping Heritage Trail project has been completed and now the town plans to train all product owners in the route concerned about their roles and responsibilities in this project. Meanwhile, the Perak Botanical Garden project implementation has just started and is expected to take about 5 years before completion. At the same time, The Municipal Council will continue to streamline planning to upgrade three other famous tourism products namely Zoo Taiping & Night Safari, Taiping Lake Gardens and Bukit Larut. For these projects, The Municipal Council will work together with various agencies in the state and federal levels such as the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Tourism Perak and others. Through the close cooperation with various agencies, the Taiping tourism industry is expected to be more robust and dynamic. 8


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History INTRODUCTION T aiping - Preface “ The architectural pretensions of all buildings at the advice of Mr Swettenham shows a very great improvement in taste on those which were erected in the preceding years, and ……. are equal in beauty of design and excellence of workmanship to anything to be found in any older Colony. ”Sir Hugh Low, Resident of Perak 1884-1899 Taiping derives its name from Chinese, Tai-Peng which means Everlasting Peace. In its early years, Taiping was one of the tin mining capitals of the world. Unlike other mining towns, Taiping evolved into a place where scenic beauty and urban charm came together so harmoniously that it has the appearance of a natural paradise. Indeed, it is blessed with some of the best environmental settings in the land with lakes, forests, hills and waterfalls. Being the wettest area in Peninsular Malaysia, the town is relatively cool and refreshing. Taiping, with Bukit Larut (formerly known as Maxwell Hill) as its backdrop, offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenery unparalleled by many other towns. impressive list includes the first railway, the first telegraph office, the first specifically designed museum building and the first fire brigade, to name but a few. Taiping became the town of everlasting peace‟ by force of circumstance. It was born out of the bloody struggle and strife of communal war over the tin mining area that led to its formation to commemorate the end of the Larut Wars in 1874 and as a neutral zone for the warring parties. Its history can be traced back to the beginning of tin mining in Larut around 1844. Abstract from Taiping Life and Soul Taiping has always been a place of many firsts. As the oldest city in the former Federated Malay States, it is the starting point of British intervention in the administration of the Malay States. Besides being the first mining centre, Taiping’s 10 Tin mines at Larut British Malaya by Sir Frank Swettenham, 19 July 1906


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INTRODUCTION T HAIIPSITNOGR-Y Early Era : 1840-1875 Long Jaafar History The Larut Wars A series of wars broke out among the miners over the control of the waterways which were crucial to tin mining activities. Known as the Larut Wars, it was one of the main reasons that led to the intervention of the British in the administration of the Malay States. The Larut Wars were fought between two rival migrant Chinese groups called Ghee Hin and Hai San. To put an end to the warring, the Governor of the Straits Settlements negotiated the Pangkor Treaty which was ratified on 20th January 1874. The rival groups then laid down their arms and established Taiping. Taiping was formally established on 20th January 1874 with the formation of the first British Administration Centre for the Federated Malay States and marked a new era in the nation’s history. It was the early 1840s when Long Jaafar discovered tin, immediately ushering in the beginning of a significant phase in the history of the Larut District. The first tin mine was believed to have been located in Klian Pauh (where the Taiping Prison now stands). By 1884, Long Jaafar had brought in the first group of Chinese miners to work in the mines. By 1863, his son, Ngah Ibrahim had established a modern system of administration including a police station (balai) with Jemandar (corresponding to a lieutenant) in charge of a police force, a judge, a magistrate, a treasurer and a clerk. Che Ngah Ibrahim with his two sons, Wan Muhammad Isa and Wan Mohd Nasir Long Jaafar has been credited with the discovery of tin in Larut in 1848. According to legend, Long Jaafar had an elephant named Larut. One day, the elephant went missing and when the elephant was eventually found three days later, tin ore was embedded in the mud that was on the elephant’s legs. 11


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INTRODUCTION History British Era : 1875-1937 Tin mining circa 1880 Tin mining led to Taiping being made the state administrative capital. By 1879, Taiping was a thriving town, laid in a gridiron pattern with a main street about a mile long and new buildings that housed the treasury, army barracks, a hospital, a powder magazine, a parade ground (Esplanade), a government storehouse, a large jail with bungalows for officers, and the British Residency. The development of Taiping ran parallel with the development of town planning in Britain. The Taiping Sanitary Board (today known as Taiping Municipal Council-MPT) was formed in 1874 to manage issues related to fresh water and sanitation. After the great fire in 1880, a rectangular gridiron‟ planning layout with two-storey brick shop houses was laid with proper drainage and sanitation. The main streets were widened to seventy feet and the cross streets to sixty feet. The streets were planted with trees as well, leading to the Taiping Lake Garden. The importance of Taiping as a mining capital is best illustrated by the completion of the first railway track from Taiping to Port Weld in 1885. The first Public Office was constructed in the 1880s to better administer the growth of Taiping, a model city for other British-administered towns in the Malay States. The British Residency – built in 1877 12


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INTRODUCTION T TAoITwPoIdnNayG After independence, the new administration brought about changes that altered the town’s skyline drastically. After the emergency, new settlements were erected around the town centre. These included Pokok Assam, Assam Kumbang and Aulong. The Taiping Financially Autonomous Local Authority was established in 1956 to replace the City Board formed by the British in 1930. It was the town’s governing council until the formation of the Taiping Municipal Council in 1976. New development emerged forming new landmarks in the era after Merdeka. Scenery of sunrise from Bukit Larut The Lake Gardens are not the only direct consequence of the tin mines. More than a century later, this legacy also influenced the mapping of a tranquil blueprint‟ for modern Taiping. Colonial structures, public gardens and houses of worship line Taiping’s wide streets. They are part of a list of many firsts‟ that Taiping can still proudly exhibit and owes its reputation to as the pioneering site and source of historic landmarks. Public office - today A typical townhouse 13



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