Rabu, Mei 13, 2009
Tourism Malaysia: Welcome to Perak
As you leave the busy hub of Selangor and head north towards Perak, the character of the land changes from an urban profile to a scenic, undulating countryside. Here and there, you will glimpse pleasant plots of farmland, palm oil and rubber plantations. The magnificent view is set against a background of green jungle and jagged limestone hills.
Covering some 21,000 sq. km., Perak lies between Kedah in the north and Selangor to the south. The Main Range mountains cut across the state of Perak, standing in dramatic juxtaposition to the flat, steaming plains of the western coastline.
Often referred to as 'The Land of Grace' for its laid-back, timeless beauty.
Perak is divided into nine districts.
Each district has its own characteristic beauty and history, and tourist attractions. that include old-style Anglo-Malay and Chinese mansions, colonial buildings, ancient limestone caves, temples and cool hill stations such as the Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) station.
Its major towns include lpoh, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Teluk lntan and Lumut, Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak, while lpoh is the administrative centre and state capital.
For centuries, Perak was renowned for its rich tin deposits. It is believed that the state derived its name, which means silver in Malay, from the silvery tin ore. Despite the 'tin slump in 1983, it has succeeded in restructuring its economic development, resulting in continuous industrial growth. A sound infrastructure and facilities of international standard make it an ideal environment for business enterprise.
Originally an obscure kampung with dilapidated buildings, Ipoh, the town that tin built, has become one of the largest cities in Malaysian. Poised to become a focal point of industry, business, investment, education and social activities, Ipoh reflects the overall progress and development that the state is experiencing.
Kellie's Castle was meant to be a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith in the 20th century. Being far away from home, Kellie desired his new residence to be reminiscent of his home back in Scotland. The castle is perched on top of a hill in what used to be a rubber estate.
Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating and convenient holiday destination. It presents the visitor with a rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle and also to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities.
The cave is probably the largest natural limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. Located in the vicinity of Gopeng, 24km south of Ipoh, the cave is approximately 1.5km long. It is a truly majestic view of the splendour of the natural view
Pasir Salak Historical Complex
The Complex at Pasir Salak pays tribute to warriors such as Dato' Sagor and Dato' Maharaja Lela. They led the locals against the forces of the British colonial administration. There are memorials erected in their honour, in the shape of a sundang (broad sword), a replica of the type of knife used in the killing of Mr. Birch.
Perak Royal Museum
The Museum was built originally as a royal residence in 1926 and previously known as Istana Kenangan, Istana Tepas and Istana Lembah. It rests majestically on a hilly landscaped Bukit Chandan. The 'saracenic Moorish' architectural facets creates a spellbinding sight for onlookers and visitors to the place. It showcases Perak's Royal regalia as well as pictures and history of the Royal family.
Perak State Secretary Building
The complex is located in the state capital, Ipoh and houses the Menteri Besar office, State Assembly, and government departments. Perak is traditionally divided into Perak Hulu (up-river) and Perak Di Hilir (down-river). Modern Perak practise Constitutional Monarchy. Currently, Perak claimed to have two Speakers for the State Assembly. The Menteri Besar uniquely change colour frequently; from white to black, then white and black again.