Ipoh Heritage Trail

Recently, I joined a group of photographers (about a dozen or so of them) from the Kuala Lumpur Photography Club for a road trip to Ipoh. We set off from Kuala Lumpur on a Sunday morning, scheduling to meet up in Old Town White Coffee situated in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh for breakfast before starting out on our photowalk.

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Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

The Kuan Yin Temple in Klang (State of Selangor, Malaysia), was built around 1982, and is reputedly one of the oldest temple in Malaysia. It was nearly demolished due to its dilapidated condition caused by extensive termites infestation but was saved by the Sultan of Selangor, who declared it a state heritage site.

The rebuilding of the temple was carried out around the year 2000 and was financed by wealthy chinese (mostly from Klang) and most of the masonry works and carvings were carried out by workmen and artisans brought over from China.

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Strasbourg

Strasbourg is situated on the eastern border of France and Germany and is the official seat of the European Parliament. After a relaxing less than two hours drive from Sembach (Germany), with our car parked at Strasbourg Railway Station and a quick lunch there, we were ready to explore this beautiful town.

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Sembach

Whoever have heard of Sembach? Very few people have I am sure. But this is where we went, to catch up with an old friend who married a local german girl and had stayed there for more than forty years. It is about a five and a half hours drive from Amsterdam.

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Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has a history of more than a thousand years. It came into being at the end of the 19th century when the three cities Pest, Buda and Óbuda merged.

Apart for being known for its thermal baths, there are also plenty of other attractions such as the expansive Buda Castle, the majestic Charles Bridge, the Jewish quarters, the Fisherman’s Bastion and of course the Danube river.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands, is also the country’s biggest tourist-draw. However, neither the Dutch government nor the head of state resides in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam was a financial and political powerhouse in the 17th century and most of the city’s famous canals and architecture are from this era. Not only are the canals beautiful, there are also a great means of transport around the city.

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Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria and has been the heart of the Habsburg Empire for centuries. It has left behind an impressive number of palaces, monuments and other landmarks.

We arrived in Vienna Haupbanhof in the mid afternoon and our pre-booked taxi driver was already there waiting for us. The drive to our hotel, Hotel Rathaus – Wein and Design took only about 30 minutes. The location of our hotel is quite convenient as it is only about a 20 minutes walk to the Austrian Parliament Building.

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