Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Places Around Teluk Intan, Exploring the Hidden Gems of Perak

If previously you read my article about the Leaning Clock Tower of Teluk Intan which the style is almost the  same as Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy, I will share more about places and things you can do in here. 

Basically, the history of Teluk Intan was started during early 19th century and it was called as Teluk Mak Intan. Then, on March 1882, the British changed the name from Teluk Mak Intan to Anson Bay before the Perak Sultan changed the name again on 1st January 1982 as Teluk Intan. 

The question is, what can you do in when visiting here? At first, I am seriously blank about what can I do or see in here since most of blog postings are only referring to the only clock tower. 



If u come from Bidor, you will go straight to the centre of Teluk Intan via Changkat Jong road until you meet the intersection of the Clock Tower. Since we arrived at lunch time, our first agenda is to mingle at the food court area which is located at the opposite  side of the Clock Tower. There are selection of food stalls here, and it is 100% by Malay. So, you are expected to order Malay foods such as Laksa, fried noodles and also mixed rice. I think Laksa is very popular among the people of Teluk Intan as I can see most of the stall here were serving Laksa. As for us, we ordered, Laksa Perlis as our first meal in Teluk Intan.





Done, with our lunch, we mingle around the Clock Tower before continue our journey to find the famous Mastan Ghani Mee Rebus stall (located at the opposite side of Billion Supermarket) which sadly closed during the time. 

The excitement of our sudden trip in Teluk Intan when we started to spot many old buildings and houses around the town and my mate couldn't control himself to snap as much as photos he can. There are churches, mosque, private house and schools which historical and beautifully built in this town. But I really wonder, why the Perak Tourism Department did not put any effort to promote this little gem. 

If you are driving along the main road of Jalan Syed Abu Bakar, you will see many old houses (with chimney at the backside), government offices, churches and schools along the way. It is just like other old town in Malaysia and for me, it is really beautiful and we should keep it. I won't say much about it, and let the photos below speak by itself. Oh ya! Since then, we had forgotten to find the Mastan Ghani Mee Rebus which supposed to be our early plan.


I am not sure about this building. It is located at the opposite side of Teluk Intan LHDN Building and nearby the Jalan Mahkamah and Jalan Ah Cheong four junction.

We secretly snapped this photo. From what I know, we can't take photo at army's place, and this is one of it's kind. At first glance, it was look like a church, but actually this is a Teluk Intan Army Office. 


Old private houses along Jalan Syed Abu Bakar, Teluk Intan


Tamil Methodist Church at Jalan Syed Abu Bakar

Old house and somebody still living here. 


Look at these wooden houses. I wonder why it was built with chimney? The house design also very standardize and unique


I believed this ruin is the Old Palace of Teluk Intan. Normally, young King will stay here during past time. So sad to see this kind of place have no preservation by the authority department. 

Another sample of modern Perak's style house

Old Christian Cemetery at Jalan Ah Cheong


Church of St. Anthony, Teluk Intan

St. Luke Church at Ah Cheong Road



Many of us didn't know that Teluk Intan (Anson Bay) used to be the 2nd most important port in Malaysia after the Port Swettenham and followed by Penang Port & Port Dickson. According to history, the port here was closed on 1970s since the Perak River was getting shallow because of the land erosion which damaged most of the warehouse along the river bank. But then, people in Teluk Intan still can spend an evening at the jetty to relax, fishing or maybe having dinner and enjoying the river breeze. If u like Udang Galah, ask local about where you can find it, as I saw there are some restaurants with name Udang Galah, but I can't re-call the exact location.






Since we were very fascinated with those building, we forgot to find the famous Mastan Ghani Mee Rebus restaurant, and only been there at the end of our tour. As I said, it was closed and we definitely will come again to here to adventure their foods. Before we go home, we dropped by to another famous spot for eating out in Teluk Intan which I will share in my next article.