The epicentre for some of Malaysia’s defining moments, Kuala Kangsar (KK) is the royal seat of Perak. Orbiting its teeming town centre are some of the state's most lavish constructions, including converted palaces and an impressive gilt-domed mosque.
In a lesser state of finery are buildings dating to KK's colonial past. The town was the first foothold of the British, who moved to control the peninsula by installing Residents at the royal courts here in the 1870s. KK was also the birthplace of Malaysia’s rubber industry and site of the first durbar (conference of Malay sultans) in 1897. The growth of Ipoh and Taiping over the past century has left KK lagging behind, but it's a worthy day trip.