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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Concubine Lane & Wall Murals From Ipoh Old Town.

It all started with a friend who has not been to Concubine Lane and she needed someone to go with her. That is how I volunteered to accompany her on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowd. We agreed to meet in front of the Ho Yan Hor museum.

We started with a visit to the Ho Yan Hor museum. Besides us, there were a few other visitors.
A pair of colourful hanging toys caught my attention. From the museum, we walked over to Concubine Lane which is only a few steps away. I didn't take many snapshots because this is not my first visit. To view the pictures and read of my earlier visits, you can click here, herehere & here.
Door guards on duty. 
If you are interested, there are many cute souvenirs for sale inside.
The upstairs tenants saying "hello" to the visitors.
We passed by a shop called "Wheel Noodle". I wondered whether they really serve the noodles in those big bowls or are they just for display only.
Next, we stop at Restoran Wong Koh Kee for a simple lunch. A very popular shop since the old days.
Just a snapshot to show the lunch hour crowd in the restaurant. It was fully packed. After lunch, my friend had to leave and so we parted ways. I took a walk to scout out some wall murals since there was plenty of parking time left.
I like the attractive red and white umbrellas hanging overhead at the Second Concubine Lane.
I found some great paintings on the other side of the same narrow lane.
Found this plaque on the wall, sponsored by Chek Hup White Coffee.
The following words were written on the plaque:

WELCOME TO MARKET LANE
After a blaze destroyed Ipoh Old Town in 1892, its lanes of shops were rebuilt. Three of these lanes became gifts from a mining tycoon, Yao Tet Shin, to his three wives. Locals nicknamed them:

The Wife Lane - today's Lorong Hale.
The Concubine Lane - today's Lorong Panglima.
The Second Concubine Lane - today's Market Lane.

The area was notorious for its opium dens, casinos and brothels up until the end of World War II when it became home to many rich miners' concubines.

As Ipoh develops, the pre-war buildings on Lorong Hale, Lorong Panglima and Market Lane have been refurnished and respectfully re-purposed, transforming these once colourful landmark into a unique attraction.
Second Concubine Lane at Market Lane, since 1892,
Wall mural of customers having their breakfast.
3 happy kids jumping for joy.
Recyclable materials collector. An actual trishaw, cut into half was mounted onto the wall for this wall mural.
And a layout map showing the where about of the wall murals in Ipoh Old Town.

O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life

and plan his course - so you correct me, Lord; but please be gentle.

Don't do it in your anger, for I would die.

(Jeremiah 10:23-24, The Living Bible-TLB)

44 comments:

  1. Cute souvenirs, and lovely art.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  2. Very interesting history about this place. I love the murals! Especially the children jumping and the 3-D trishaw. But I think my very favorite are all the umbrellas. How wonderful and pretty. And I also see they provide lots of shade too.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. The pretty umbrellas provide some shade on hot days.

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  3. Lovely teddy bears and great murals!

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    1. Thank you, Lady Fi. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  4. umbrellas look great this decoration is not common at my place

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. The umbrella decoration is quite common here.

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  5. Always nice to learn the history of an area, you took us on a very interesting tour. I loved the wall murals.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  6. The hanging toys also caught my attention, hehe...

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. The toys will make good souvenirs too.

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  7. My kind of place, thanks for the tour.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. You are most welcome.

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  8. Hello Nancy, I love all the toys. The murals are awesome, beautiful artwork. Thanks for the tour. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. You are most welcome. Have a wonderful Sunday and a great new week!

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  9. Maybe can go for murals hunting one day...

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    1. Hi Esther, I like wall murals. Have a beautiful day!

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  10. agreed i too avoid my outings during weekends during to horrible crowed
    loved each sharing of your's .umbrellas are fascinating .hanging toys are adorable and on duty guards are so cute
    loved the paintings most

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

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  11. I have been to this area around kong heng, right? But I have never walked into this lane. Thank you for these photos. Haveca good week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Yes, it is the lane in front of Kong Heng.

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  12. I love the history lesson. A wild place back in the day. Fun read.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Those were the days. Have a great day!

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  13. I love this outing with your friend. So glad you were able to go along with her. Enjoyed all your good photos. xo

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

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a good day!

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  15. It looks an interesting place. Have a good week Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Have a lovely day!

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  16. Oh, Nancy, this is all so interesting...I want to go to at least one of your other posts but might not take time to comment. Love the murals, too.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Hope you enjoy the other post too. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. I love the liveliness that has been recently injected into this street.

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    1. Thank you, dear. This place is now a tourist attraction.

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  18. The door guards are so colourful!

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    1. Yes, they are. Have a wonderful day!

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