Birch Memorial Clock Tower was unveiled in 1909 as a dedication to J.W.W. Birch, the first British resident of Perak.
The Memorial site is just standing in front of the Ipoh State Mosque. It is within walking distance within the Ipoh Old Town (once you able to find your bearing around the city) and it took me merely 20 minutes walk from my hotel (Regency Tower Hotel).
A little history on J.W.W. Birch. For those who forgot their history lesson from secondary school. Birch was the first British Resident in Perak. He was appointed on November 1874 as an advisor to the Sultan of Perak following the signing of the famous Pangkor Treaty which established Perak as a British Protectorate State. With the treaty, the British Resident will have a higher authority than the Sultan.
The Birch Memorial is a square decorated tower with 4 panels illustrative of the growth of civilization. On the civilization panel, 44 famous figures in the world history are depicted.
The image of the last Prophet facing the mosque was painted over in the 1990s due to the objection from the Muslims to the depiction of the Prophet.
All the corners of the belfry, mounted on pedestals, are terracotta figures representing the four "Virtues of British Administration".