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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Railway Station - Taj Mahal of Ipoh

This is the Majestic Station Hotel, Ipoh which is located in the same building as the Ipoh Railway Station at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab. It is built in neoclassical "British Raj" style, with Moorish domes and turrets hence it is often referred to as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh.

The Ipoh Railway Station which was built in 1917 was designed by the then government Architect, A. B. Hubback, who was also the architect for the a similar looking Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which was completed in 1911.  The railway station and the hotel in Ipoh was only completed in 1935 due to a shortage of building materials and rising costs due to World War I. When it was finally opened, Perak state was experiencing a boom in the tin-mining industry.

This was one of the sites for the 1999 Hollywood movie, Anna and the King, staring Jodie Fister and Chow Yun-Fat and directed by Andy Tennant. This movie was an Academy Award nominee in 2000 for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. This site is also a favourite movie site for other Malaysian and foreign productions.

What do you have here:
  1. A beautiful landscaped garden filled with bougainvilleas, the official flower of Ipoh city
  2. A specimen of the real Ipoh tree from where the city obtained it's name
  3. An arched walkway
  4. A War Memorial to honour Perak war heroes of WW1 (1914-1818) and WW2 (1939-1945)
  5. The Majestic Station Hotel - their link here.
Ipoh is the 4th largest city in Malaysia.

Buildings nearby:
  1. In front: The Ipoh Town Hall and Police Contingent Headquarters
  2. Right: The Post Office
  3. Left: The Ipoh High Court

This is my entry for That's My World Tuesday Season 2 Episode 33. To view what others have in their world, please visit here.

5 comments:

  1. What a marvelous post for the day! A beautiful building with such an interesting history! Love your photos! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  2. A very beautiful building.

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  3. Haha..the white exterior does remind people of the Taj Mahal. I visited the railway station sometime last year when I went to Ipoh. The hotel is still running.

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