Malaysia – a beautiful country that is rich with culture and beautiful surroundings. If you’re thinking of visiting a city that tells a history of its’ own, we’ve listed down 4 destinations that you can drive to from Kuala Lumpur, travel time ranging from 1 hour to 4 hours. Spend a few days in these cities, and you will fall in love with Malaysia all over again.
Travel Time (1hr 20min)
This fort was built in 1511 during the rule of the Portuguese. The only remaining structure of this monument is a gatehouse located at the bottom of the hill, with a pathway leading to St. Paul’s Church.
When the Dutch took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese, they built this church in 1753 to commemorate a century of their occupation.
St. Paul’s Church
This historical building was built by a Portuguese captain, to thank Virgin Mary for saving his life while he was at sea. To visit this monument, you would have to go up a flight of stairs, where you can also have an aerial view of Malacca town.
Travel time (3 h 52 min)
St. George Church
This is the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia, as it was built in 1816. Until today, it is still well taken care of and preserved for being a historical site in Penang.
This historical building is hidden in the alleys of old terrace houses and shop houses. As it is well hidden, even to the locals itself, you would have an adventure visiting Khoo Kongsi and learning about the history behind this monument.
Built by Captain Francis Light in 1786, this fort represented the British protection. In World War II, the Japanese occupied this fort and used it as a warehouse area.
Alor Setar, Kedah
Travel time (4 h 34 min)
Pay a visit to this Buddhist temple, and you can see Thai influence on the structure of this temple Alor Setar, merged with Chinese Buddhist saints placed around the building.
Kedah is known as the birthplace of Tun Dr. Mahathir, our former and present Prime Minister. His childhood home has been kept and preserved as a small museum, where tourists are welcome for a visit.
This tower was built in 1906, and acts as a storage for musical instruments used in the royal orchestra. These items kept in Balai Nobat are not accessible to public, and are only taken out during special occasions to be used in the royal orchestra.
Travel time (2 h 13 min)
Birch Memorial Tower
This clock tower commemorates the first British resident in Perak; J.W.W Birch, who was assassinated 1875 by Datuk Maharaja Lela. No entrance fee is required for viewing of this clock tower.
Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office
This is another historical site that was built during the British rule, which portrays the strong British influence on Perak. The Ipoh Town Hall is one of the most visited tourist attractions in town, so do make sure to stop for a visit.
This castle was built in the 20th century by a Scottish man, William Kellie Smith. He intended It to be a home away from home, for his family. While walking around this mansion, you can learn about the history of this mansion and how it came to become a monumental site in Perak.
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