Apart from locations endowed with rich natural
surroundings, Perak's panoramic beauty is a feature that lures visitors to the
In conjunction with the Visit Perak Year 2012, this writer had the
opportunity to visit this silver state from May 1 to 4, as part of the 'Kembara
Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia (KCC1M) - Lets Visit Perak' trip organised by the Perak
Tourism Department in collaboration with Gaya Travel, a travel magazine.
“This is the second KCC1M visit to Perak after October last year. In this
trip, we will visit Ipoh, Lumut, Teluk Intan and Batu Gajah,” said KCC1M
Programme Director Shamsul Bahrin Zainulzaman.
One of the must visit sites in Perak is the 22-hectare Herbal Park located
near Kampung Kepayang, Gopeng.
In addition to its beautiful landscape, the park offers more than 500
varieties of herbs. Anglers can also try their luck at a fishing pond teeming
with various types of snakeheads, including catfish.
Some of the herbs available at this park are Kacip Fatimah, Kayu Manis,
Tongkat Ali, Mengkudu, Serai Wangi and Misai Kucing.
The park opens to the public at 9 am, when visitors can take a ride in a
tram made available for them. The park also contains barbecue pits and a
campsite for organising activities for school students.
The campsite can accommodate six large tents and 300 people at any time.
GOPENG HERITAGE MUSEUM
Gopeng is a small town rich in heritage and culture, as is evident from the
town's old buildings. This town is much older than Ipoh or Taiping, because it
had plenty of tin and rubber resources in the past.
Located in the heart of Gopeng town is the Gopeng Heritage Museum, which was
set up by Gopeng-born Chinese businessmen; the museum is now under the care of
Wong Kuan Cheong and Soon Chiew Khoon.
According to Soon, the couple and several veteran Chinese businessmen have
maintained the establishment using their own funds.
"We pay from our own pockets, and funds are contributed by the committee
members to upgrade the building and repair any damage to the antiques without
hiring any workers," Soon, 45, told this writer in Hakka.
The museum features equipment used to mine tin – a legacy of Chinese tin
mine workers from the golden years of tin mining – as well as pictures of
prominent miners during the British colonial times and photographs of the Hai
san and Ghee Hin clan members.
The Hai San and Ghee Hin clans fought each other during the Larut Wars in
the tin mining era.