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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

IPOH RAILWAY STATION - NOW AND BEFORE.

Some time back in the month of May, my friend Sam and I were at the UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) to pay our bills. Once a month, both of us will make a trip to town to have breakfast together and then to settle our monthly bills. It is also a good opportunity to stay in touch with each other and keep our friendship strong.

After having paid our bills, we happened to chance upon an exhibition being held there. Since we were not in a rush, we took our time to view all the exhibits and we were free to take photos. Through this exhibition we had the opportunity to see many photos showing us how the current places looked like many years ago.
It was the "My Ipoh - Heritage Trail" exhibition.
A Heritage Exhibition organized by Ipoh City Council.
This was how our Ipoh Railway Station looked like at the very beginning in a black and white photo.
The old station yard of the Ipoh Railway Station. 
A wide view of the Ipoh Railway Station, showing some of the platforms and the Kledang Hills in the background. 
This photo on exhibit - "courtesy of Tan Yeow Wooi"
Ipoh Railway Station and Hotel.
Excerpt from the banner: -
Ipoh's Railway Station was built from 1914 to 1917 in the Neo-Classical style and designed by government architect A.B.Hubback. Often referred to as the "Taj Mahal" of Ipoh, the building is similar to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (also designed by A.B.Hubback). 
 This picture on the banner showed the War Memorial located in Station Square in front of the Railway Station. The memorial commemorates Perak's war dead and bears the words "Sacred to the memory of the men from the state of Perak who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 and to those who died in the 1939-1945 war."
 At this present time, this is how the Ipoh Railway Station looks like .
It is owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. It serves as the railway terminal for Perak state. It offers KTM intercity services, ETS services and handling freight trains.
This building was used for the shooting of a Hollywood film "Anna & The King".

Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence,

and do not claim a place among his great men;

it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"

than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

(Proverbs 25:6-7, NIV)

38 comments:

  1. Hello and thanks for sharing that!

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  2. What a rich history this station has. Loved the history lesson.

    I love that movie.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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  3. Sometimes looking back at old photos bring back sweet memories. Can see the now & then differences.

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    1. Hi Irene, that's the reason I found the exhibition very interesting, to see the transformation the buildings went through.

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  4. I must take the train ETS to Ipoh one of these days. Thanks for sharing all the photos with us so that we can see the transformation that the Ipoh railway station has gone through.

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    1. Hi Mun, it was through the exhibition that I get to know how much the railway station has been transformed. Mun, you will enjoy the ETS ride.

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  5. It's a beautiful building and rich in history.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Have a beautiful day!

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  6. Always love to stroll on the heritage trails, there is so much history on them!

    Tanya
    www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. Very informative trails!

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  7. nancy in my opinion the black and white photos are fantastic

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a fantastic day!

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  8. How wonderful that you happened to be there to see this...I love old, old pictures. I get in moods where I spend hours and hours looking at ones I find on line. Sometimes about a certain area, others those of a certain photographer that covers a wide range of subjects.

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    1. Hi Rose, I too have the same interest especially black and white photos of old places!

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  9. Such a wonderful exhibition, Nancy, and a lovely station! I love all the old photos! :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful day!

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  10. I love going to such exhibition, looking at those old photos and learn about our history.

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    1. Hi Rose, how wonderful that we have the same interest in old photos and their history!

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  11. This is interesting how the station grew over the years. I live in a little hick town 100 years old and I enjoy the photos on the wall of the post office as I wait in line comparing the modern building of today to yesteryear with horse and buggy!

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    1. Hi Saleslady371, we both find fascination in these old photos of yester-year!

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  12. The last picture, the Railway Station building is nice...

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. The last picture is the Railway Station of today! I love that picture too.

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    1. Thank you, LiLi. Yes, it is very beautiful!

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  14. Nancy, the Ipoh Railway Station has come a long way! It looks very beautiful and well maintained.

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  15. Hi Nancy,
    Full of sentimental value ... nostalgic ....Yes have to preserve such heritage. I've only taken train twice from Singapore to KL ... and that was many many years ago (during courtship time ... hee hee). Thanks for sharing :D

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    1. Hi Karen, its sentimental and nostalgic to remember the courtship days heehee! I am glad to document this in my blog.

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  16. looks like it is still well maintained till now. It is good to see how it developed for the old days till today. I think maybe that venue might be one of the popular place where couple would snap wedding photos.

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    1. Yes, I have seen some couples take their wedding photos there. I like the last photo very much.

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  17. Hello, wonderful post and information. The Railway station is beautiful. Lovely photo. Have a happy day!

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