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A Tour of Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh, by Dr Lai Chee Kien

The Singapore Heritage Society is proud to present Royal & Colonial Perak, a journey to the second largest state in Peninsula Malaysia, and its rich heritage cities of Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar and Taiping. This 5 days 4 nights tour (14 to 18 June 2012) is organised by the Singapore Heritage Society and led by local architectural historian, Dr Lai Chee Kien.

Highlights of Heritage Tour

  • Muzium Diraja Kuala Kangsar: A former guest palace for the Sultan of Perak, and a monument of traditional Malay architecture
  • Masjid Ubudiah: Perak’s royal mosque, and often regarded as Malaysia’s most beautiful mosque
  • Perak Museum: The oldest museum in the peninsula
  • Kota Ngah Ibrahim: Build in 1858, this building is currently a museum for Taiping and Perak’s local history
  • Expert tour guide in Dr Lai Chee Kien, an architectural historian well-versed and published in local and regional architectural histories


Cost of Tour

SHS Members pay:

  • S$550 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$685 per person (Single)

Non-members pay:

  • S$620 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$755 per person (Single)

Cost includes accommodation with breakfast, dinner on day 4, entrance fees, guides and all local transportation.

The following are not included: all other meals, tipping for Malaysian guide and driver, personal travel insurance, telephone, laundry and all other sundry expenses.

To Book

Contact Ms Wendy Chua (Email: to book a place on this not-to-be-missed tour. This tour is limited to 25 persons only. Hurry!

About Our Guide

DR LAI CHEE KIEN is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He graduated with an M.Arch. by research from NUS in 1996, and from University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Design, in 2005. He is a registered architect in Singapore.

He researches on the histories of art, architecture, landscapes and urban environments in Southeast Asia. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Singapore: Towards Another Botanical Age (2008).

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