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.
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.
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.
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.
After the bridge, on the way out, stop by at some old mansion and we found this.
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.
14:20 Restoration of Masjid Kampong Kuala Dal
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.