THE STORYKEEPERS

Perak Heritage 01

06/17/2009

 

Perak Heritage 01 - 11/05/09 - by Koi
Heritage has always been viewing "superstar" old buildings that has already garnered recognition, but this is the first time, with a conscious mind, i see heritage truly as hidden stories that will soon be lost forever because it is not "superstar" enough..... and so, the journey to the outskirts of Ipoh began.

08:45 Start journey
Convene and depart by car.

09:30 Breakfast
We stop by at Chemor for breakfast, found an old shop - Kedai Kopi Hup Cheong Lee. Their business is dwindling, but we can still see old timers having their simple breakfasts.

10:45 Karai/Enggor
A small town hidden between the rubber plantations and located next to the Perak River. Its buildings mimic the Early Straits Eclectic Style, This is the place where i first witness the usage of I-beam in the construction of such old buildings. Rumour has it that the leftover bricks from the construction of the bridge are used for the construction of the shophouses.

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Individual colour schemes painted on the shophouses.
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I used to think that steel was a 'new' thing (in Malaysia at least)
11:10 Victoria Bridge
From one of the edges of Karai, a black steel framed bridge can be seen standing on the river. At its time, it was the grandest bridge in South East Asia. Constructed for the purpose of transporting tin, the railway tracks paved "up in the sky" allowing trains to pass through. It was easily 3 storeys above ground.

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One can feel stucked in time, or the bridge was warped into Perak
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Seeing the new bridge through the old one
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View from below the tracks
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commemorative plaque of cast iron for the bridge - opened in 1900
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Obviously the new bridge is so.... unaesthetic
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Even from below
12:00 Pineapple mansion and the Roadpaver
After the bridge, on the way out, stop by at some old mansion and we found this.
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Old stuffs posing.
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This is why i call it pineapple house.
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Old road paver soon to be sent to Johor museum.
12:14 Jambatan Sultan Iskandar Kg Jemuan Kota Lama Kanan, KK.
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13:15 Lunch at Yut Loy, Kuala Kangsar
We had lunch at chinese restaurant, but it was halal. Very old-school kopitiam atmosphere, unfortunately, i forgot to document it, but we did park in a compound of a building that later caught the attention of Mr Law to be one of the buildings designed by Per Iversen. He and his father, B M Iversen whom i know did a lot of modern (era) style buildings especially the ipoh cinemas.
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It has a weird symetrical building form.
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Indian community hall, officiated in 1966

14:20 Restoration of Masjid Kampong Kuala Dal
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16:00 Back Ipoh

Special thanks to Mr Law, the president of Perak Heritage Society for his vast knowledge input throughout the whole journey, and Chun Hao's camera.
 


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