Archive for February, 2013

Celebrating Perak’s Built Heritage

Tutorial – 08/07/2012

Welcome to Ipoh, the much anticipated UM-NUS Joint Studio Programme Exhibition!

In consideration to Perak Heritage and PHS, for the first time, the exhibition in Ipoh combines the results of two separate studies in Perak:


Despite general perceptions of traditional rivalry, Taiping and Ipoh are related, and they share a common heritage, which shows up in our shophouses. Based on urban studies in Taiping (2010) and Ipoh (2012), the exhibition consists of images of the towns, plans and drawings as well as eight architectural models of selected shophouses.

If you love heritage, you cannot afford to miss this exhibition. Mark this down:

Dates: 26 February to 10 March

Hours: 12:30 to 4:30 daily, closed on Monday

Venue: Gallery Lim Ko Pi, walk through the kopitiam to the gallery upstairs.

See you there!

For more information on the exhibition, see/click here for links to the flyer and the poster.

Top : Heri Walk; Bottom left: Ipoh Padang; Bottom right: Inside the old Ipoh Post and Telegraph Office

Drawing Charcoal Shop – 04/07/2012

Drawing tailor’s shophouse – 04/04/2012

A Ground-breaking NEW BOOK on Ipoh’s Heritage

Now, a new book based on the study on Ipoh will be launched at the opening of the exhibition on 24 Febraury. Not to worry, you can buy it at the exhibition when it is open to the public. Also on sale is a quality PHS souvenir T-shirt. A discount on the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of both items is offered to members and students. Check them out at the sales counter.

Encounters with Ipoh: the process

Early in 2012, lecturers from both the National University of Singapore and the University of Malaya came to recce in Ipoh. Assisted by the PHS, meticulous planning began.

Over two weeks in June-July 2012, twenty students with their lecturers converged in Ipoh and practically took over Sekeping Kong Heng – their home and study centre. Each evening, a sharing-critique session would push the students deeper into understanding their subject. They covered the streets on foot, putting up with the heat and the sun. They measured shophouses; some had to overcome their fear of height while they were hoisted up in a “cherry picker” to measure the roof. They made friends with the hospitable occupants of the shophouses and the friendly Ipohites.

After field work in Ipoh, they re-grouped in Singapore for studio work. Supervised by their lecturers, the resultant exhibition was first exhibited in the NUS Museum.

As a testimonial of the students’ scholarship and dedication, as they share with readers their experience of Ipoh’s heritage streetscape, the resultant book is a ground-breaking work on Ipoh’s heritage.

Critique on urban studies

Critique panel in focus

Desperately Seeking Volunteers!

We appeal to all, especially old friends of PHS, members and past members to volunteer at the exhibition.

Two sessions a day: 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Simple duties: welcoming all visitors and minding the sales. Volunteers will receiving briefing on the exhibition.

Two volunteers are required for each session. Volunteers can choose to do as many sessions are they like and they may take on both sessions on the same day.

Volunteers who do more than three sessions and who are not a PHS member or a student will qualify for a discount on the book and the T-shirt.

To volunteer, please contact Hong: 0175061875 or by email:

Calling all volunteers – show that “we care about our past”!

Work at night


Perak Heritage Society

Persatuan Warisan Perak
(Reg. No. 1254) was registered with the Registrar of Societies in August, 2003.

Office and Postal Address:
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30300 IPOH, Perak, Malaysia.
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