Ipoh, sometimes called the Hub of Malaya, lies in the centre of one of the world's richest tin mining areas.
Ipoh, sometimes called the Hub of Malaya, lies in the centre of one of the world's richest tin mining areas. But it is known also for the curiosities known as Gunongs --a series of fantastic hills rising abruptly out of the plains to a height of over 600 feet.
Composed of limestone and granite, they are riddled with caves, some of which have afforded, in the past, refuge for the communist terrorists who tried to take over the country by force.
Not all the caves have been used in this way, others are occupied only by bats and the largest have been modified and decorated into Buddhist temples.
On Sundays and holidays, crowds gather at these temples to pray and wonder at the work which went into their transformation. Served only by Buddhist monks and Nuns, the caves offer much to the visitors many of whom attend in the hope that some wish may be granted. And, as at any wishing well, they are expected to leave some offering behind.
There are those, too, who are always ready to cash in on the crowds - a nimble 'Three-Card-Trick' operator templing the unwary to stake their skill against his wits.
In addition to the temples Ipoh now has also one of the world's largest reclining Buddahs, set just off a main highway and served by its yellow-robed priests and disciples.