Ipoh is the capital of Perak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia with an estimated 2009 population of about 700,000.
Ipoh developed from the Malay village of Palau along the banks of the Kinta River. In 1880’s with the tin rush caused the town to boom and by this time Ipoh consisted of about 340 houses and 4,000 people.
Unfortunately on 1 June 1892 a fire broke out and destroyed over half the town and the damage was estimated at $100,000 Straits Dollars. After the fire, it gave planners the opportunity to lay out the streets in a more orderly grid pattern and the town was rebuilt, in time with the second tin rush and vast numbers of people, especially Chinese miners descended upoh Ipoh. Transforming it into a business and social centre and become known as the “CITY OF MILLIONAIRES”.
Between 1905 and 1914, Yau Tet Shin expanded the town across the Kinta River. He had built 216 houses in this “New Town” of Ipoh by 1908, including a theatre and food market.
Ipoh’s population was also increasing from 23,978 in 1911 to 27,500 in 1914 and by that time the town was beginning to take on its current appearance.
The town continued to grow rapidly, as a result of tin mining and rubber production in the surrounding region throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s.
On 15 December 1941, Ipoh was invaded by the Japanese and during the Japanese Occupation, Ipoh was made the capital of Perak in place of Taiping. St. Michael’s Institution become their administration headquarters in March 1942. After liberation in 1945, Ipoh remained the capital of Perak.
On 31 May 1962, Ipoh gained Municipal status and was granted City status on 27 May 1988.
[Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park aslo known as Polo Ground]
[Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park also known as Polo Ground]