Monday, October 5, 2009

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh railway station is dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh for its architecture grandeur. I would rate this rail station as one of the most beautiful station in Malaysia, second only to the Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station.

The railway station used to be a major transportation hub for the tin mining industry in the early 20th century.

This station was designed by the same architect who created the adjacent Ipoh Town Hall, A.B. Hubback. The station was completed in 1917.

The station boasts an impressive British Raj Mogul style with Moorish inspired domes and turrets.

The second floor and part of the building is occupied by the Majestic Station Hotel.

Landscaped park with water fountains and walking path is just in front of the station.

The Ipoh tree can also be seen at the station park

An old mailbox from the colonial era

The station is also a favourite venue for the soon to wed couples to capture their wedding shots.

The interior of the station had been refurbished without compromising its original design and architecture. This waiting area is air conditioned, spacious and comfortable.

There is no need to queue when purchasing the ticket. One just need to take a number at a machine and wait for their turns.

There was a mini exhibition inside the station during my visit here last month which showcase the obsolete tools and equipment used by the station staffs around 1950s to 1980s

The rail track concourse also has a new shelter been installed to ensure passengers remain dry in the event of heavy rain.

There is a Hindu temple just next to the rail track


Robo said...

Wow! Good cover! :)

wenn said...

did u visit the lift..the old-fashioned type..?

Borneo Falcon said...

Yes, seen the lift inside the Heritage Station Hotel. Will blog on that real soon

Superman said...

Ipoh is really a historical town. Nice post for the rail way station.

khengsiong said...

When I traveled by train many years ago, I stopped at the Ipoh station. But I didn't walk out and look at the exterior.

Thanks for sharing with us the photos.

Xiao-Kia said...

Very nice Station. Heard that now they also have express to KL...

William said...

wah... very nice station!

foongpc said...

Nice train station. Even attracted couples to take wedding shots here!

Reanaclaire said...

yes, even my malay lady colleague went there to do some part time modelling..i was amazed at how the pictures turned out... it looked so authentic!

SJB aka SUELYN J-B. said...

Ipoh eh...must visit this place. very nice..