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October 11, 2008

Where is Peace?

Malaysia / Taiping

As we drove out of Ipoh, we stopped over in Taiping (太平) for photo-taking before we proceed to Penang island. Taiping literally means “PEACE” in Mandarin! It used to be the capital of Perak, after it took over from Kuala Kangsar. Now Ipoh is the state capital.

Taiping town with rows of rustic shophouses.

What is there to see in Taiping? Well, I visited Taiping Zoo many years ago. The zoo is very “original” as somehow I feel that the railings and fences are low and we can observe the animals in the enclosures at close range. Taiping zoo is the oldest in Malaysia. Night Safari is next to the zoo.

Saw thick black smoke rising into the air while on the road. Later when we drove past the spot, we saw a heap of tyres on fire! Gosh, bad air pollution.

We have ERP gantries all over Singapore, and Malaysia has toll gates like this one. Time to pay a few Ringgit dollars, based on the distance travelled from Ipoh to Taiping (about 30mins drive).

Next, Taiping Lake Gardens.

17 Comments Leave your comment

  • peteformation said on October 11, 2008 12:56 am

    I wonder whether the nice wantan mee stall opposite the big field where they always sell durians is still there.

  • dede said on October 11, 2008 1:13 am

    i like the burning tyre smoke, from far its seemed like typhoon? heheee oh ya, the place is so peace and cool isnt it?

  • Moon said on October 11, 2008 9:03 am

    Taiping is quite a good place but everytime just passed by.. never have chance to go in to visit this town. =)

  • Chuck said on October 11, 2008 9:20 am

    Hmm, I’m not sure having low fences at a zoo is such a good idea. Just this year, at the Los Angeles zoo, a man was killed by a Siberian tiger that jumped over its enclosure wall – which was 12 feet high. It was supposed to be at least 15 feet high. Any Siberian tigers in the Taiping zoo?

  • Borneo Falcon said on October 11, 2008 9:24 am

    I don’t see a lot of cars around. I believe it is illegal here for open burning, especially with the tyres some more.

  • eunice said on October 11, 2008 9:55 am

    @peteformation: Too bad we didn’t eat any good food in Taiping.

    @dede: Ha! U r really imaginative. Yeah to me, Taiping is an old and quiet town.

    @Moon: Everytime passed by? Where did you go?

    @Chuck: Well, I always hear animals escaped from their enclosures. It’s true that I was a little scared when I was in that zoo. Ha!!

    @Borneo Falcon: I don’t know if they burnt the tyres purposely or it was an fire accident.

  • Hendrawan said on October 11, 2008 12:06 pm

    very nice shot, it’s a great travel photo, i like it.

  • donG hO said on October 11, 2008 1:56 pm

    im enjoying this blog. it brings me to the places that im planning to visit in the future.

  • Forever HL said on October 11, 2008 11:33 pm

    那个night safari是在太平的吗?


  • idealpinkrose said on October 11, 2008 11:59 pm

    the picture on top looks familiar…i just remember the movies or dramas that i’ve watched which is similar to that picture…

  • eunice said on October 12, 2008 12:05 am

    @Hendrawan, donG hO: Stay tuned for posts on Taiping Gardens and Penang soon.

    @HL: I didn’t visit Taiping Night Safari, and as the name implies, it should open at night righ? =P

  • EVo said on October 12, 2008 12:05 am

    Hi hi eunice! looking forward to ur post on lake gardens!i been there once n i wont forget it.so peaceful just walking around there..i was there with my gf once.see if u can spot anything that i missed! ;P

  • eunice said on October 12, 2008 12:24 am

    @idealpinkrose: Those shophouses are commonly found in Southeast Asia, so it’s not surprised that you find the place familiar.

    @Evo: Stay tuned! My next post is coming up in 2 days’ time.

  • Zara said on October 12, 2008 6:59 pm

    The lovely Taiping…
    U know what?
    I’m waiting for your post on the Tasik Taiping…
    If u ever watched the movie, “SEPI”, u’ll see how the director make the scenes there!

  • Ajid's said on October 12, 2008 7:33 pm

    Have a great travel in Malaysia.

  • Chobits said on October 12, 2008 7:54 pm

    How many days you travel in Malaysia? ^^
    Oh you went to Penang too, have you met up with Akira? Hehe~

  • eunice said on October 12, 2008 8:03 pm

    @Zara: Just knew that Tasik Taiping is Taiping Lake Gardens! Yes, we stopped over in Taiping for a while to take photos at Taiping Lake Gardens. I will publish the post tonight.

    @Ajid: Back in SG now. But going to Ipoh and Penang again end of this month ^^

    @Chobits: I was there for a week. Went to Ipoh, Taiping (stop over) and Penang. Ha! Did leave some messages for Akira, asking him to recommend any good places to visit in Penang, but it was raining most of the time during our stay.

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