Taiping – Perak, Malaysia
Taiping is a heritage town located in Northern Perak, Malaysia. Also known as Klian Pauh until the second half of 19 century.
The area developed quickly in the 19th century following discovery of tin deposits, exploring of tin mines attracted large numbers of immigrants, particularly from China. A series of wars, known as Larut Wars started in 1861 mainly in between two Chinese secret societies over the control of mining areas in Taiping (Klian Pauh).
The disputes escalated to the level that Perak Sultanate was unable to maintain order. Things were increasingly getting out of hand and chaos was proving bad for the Malays, Chinese and British.
The wars ended with the intervention of Straits Settlements governor and signing of the Pangkor Treaty in 1874. Since then, the town was renamed to Taiping – Literally means Everlasting Peace in Chinese Word – 太平.
Everlasting Peace Heritage Town
During the booming of Tin Mining in 19 century, Taiping was not only one of the pioneers in municipal government in the Federated Malay States. She was chosen by the Straits Governor as the capital of government, during British colonial era.
The heritage town has many of the 1st in Malayan historic records, such as
- The 1st tin mining in 1844
- The 1st Hill resort built in 1844,
- The 1st Swimming Pool in 1937,
- The 1st Rest house and Artillery warehouse built in 1870.
- The 1st Magistrate court in 1874.
- The 1st Resident’s house and Port in 1877.
- The 1st English school in 1878,
- The 1st Police force and Government offices in 1879.
- The 1st Post and telegraph office, Lake gardens, General Hospital, Club house in 1880.
- The 1st Railway station in 1881.
- The 1st Museum in 1883.
- The 1st Market building in 1884.
- The 1st purposely built Prison in 1885.
- The first Railway track – from Port Weld to Taiping in 1885.
- The 1st Turf club and Anglican church in 1886.
- The 1st English girl’s school in 1889 and Clock tower in 1890,
to name but a few. Taiping was already had the economy and social features which are commonly found in modern states today.
Despite yesterday’s Glorious achievements, Taiping is one of the least developed towns in Malaysia today.
The most beautiful Lake Garden
If you’ve always bypassed Taiping on your journeys, make a point of stopping there for the night. You won’t regret it.
Taiping is a place that’s pretty much off anyone’s radar, unless it happens to be your hometown and you are looking forward to your annual balik kampung break.
It’s a full hour’s drive from Ipoh using the expressway and two hours on the old trunk road. The fellow behind the wheel (a.k.a. my husband) had had a long day and he was getting grouchy. We had been to Ipoh, and he’d really rather be heading for home in KL now.
Out of order?: The trees in Taiping are let to grow to its own accord and in the end what you get is gorgeous greens.
– STEVEN CHING