Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Ipoh’s Town Hall dates back to 1916. Not open to the public.
Ipoh’s Court House was built in 1928 by government architect AB Hubbock – the same architect who designed the city’s train station and...
Royal Ipoh Club
A mock-Tudor building dating back to 1895, and overlooking the playing fields of the padang . Still a centre of exclusivity, and not...
A popular British-style pub, which also serves fish and chips, and steak dinners. There’s live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Old Town White Coffee
This upmarket coffee house facing the padang seems to be forever crowded. Simple chicken rice dishes prevail, and unsurprisingly, the...
Lonely Planet review
The clock tower was erected in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch, Perak’s first British Resident, who was murdered at Pasir Salak. The friezes on the clock tower are meant to illustrate the growth of civilisation, featuring figures such as Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin. A figure representing Mohammed has since been erased. The road on which this memorial stands has been renamed for one of Birch’s killers, who are seen today as nationalists.