Recommended reading to broaden your knowledge on heritage.

Title:  Perak Postcards 1890s – 1940s

Author: Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Malcolm Wade & Khoo Salma Nasution

Publisher: Areca Books, 2010

ISBN: 978-967-57190-1-1

Description:  The largest ever number of postcards of Perak in one book, many of them enlarged for a clearer view of the rich details within.  


Title: Encounters with Ipoh: Familiar Spaces Untold Stories

Editors: Ho Weng Hin, Lim Take Bane, Roland Sharpes Flores

Publishers: CASA (Dept of Architecture, Nat Uni of Singapore) & CORE (Faculty of Built Environment, Uni of Malaya), 2013

ISBN:  978-981-07-4375-8

Description: ” A very attractive, ground-breaking book on Ipoh. Take a walk down the streets and lanes of Ipoh and savour the flavour of familiar places and forgotten stories.” – Lim Take Bane

Info: RRP RM65. PHS is trying to secure stock of this small publication.



Title:  Returning Taiping: The Town of Tin, Rain, Commerce, Leisure and Heritage

Editors : Ho Weng Hin

Publisher: CASA, National University of Singapore, 2010

ISBN: 978-981-08633-0-2

Description:  Based on a study by students in the UM-NUS Joint Studio Programme in 2010, Returning Taiping offers readers insight into the architecural and urban heritage of the town inextricably linked to its unique natural and man-made landscapes, as well as the country’s socio-economic history, with urban analyses, documentation, measured drawings and architectural models.


Title: Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story

Author: David Palmer and Michael Joll

Publisher: Pertubuhan Pengurusan Muzium Gopeng, Perak. 2011

ISBN: 978-967-10295-0-3

Description:  For the technical-minded, details for mining techniques and tables. Also a story book one can read. The Malay Peninsula was the principal source of the world’s tin throughout the 20th Century. The book is about the history of Osborne & Chappel, the most significant mining consultancy in Gopeng, and beyond the Kinta Valley. Hardcover, 352 pages, illustrated.


Title: Landmarks of Perak

Author: Raja Nazrin Shah

Publisher: RNS Publication, 2009

ISBN: 978983430820

Description:  A 248-page documentation of notable buildings of various architectural styles in Perak, illustrated by line drawings and watercolours.


Title: Perak : Thrills and Treasures of Historical Landmarks

Author: Ragayah Eusoff

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 2008

ISBN: 9789833346325

Description:  Some major landmarks and monuments in Perak. Photographs and commentaries present examples of built heritage with their many different architectural and social trends of the last 250 years.


Title: Ipoh : When tin was King

Author: Ho Tak Ming, Dr.

Publisher: Perak Academy, 2009

ISBN:  978-983-42500-2-7

Description:  This 724-page volume is about Ipoh’s Golden Age and its pioneers. It is about the founding of the town and how the abundance of tin made Ipoh its millionaires and how they contributed to the development of the town.


Title: Perak : 300 Early Postcards

Author: Cheah Jin Seng

Publisher: RNS Publication, 2009

ISBN: 9789814217903

Description:  This is a wonderful collection of picture postcards of people, buildings and events in Perak from the 19th and 20th centuries.


Title: Kinta Valley : Pioneering Malaysia’s Modern Development

Author: Khoo Salma Nasution

Publisher: Perak Academy (2005)

ISBN:  983-42113-09

Description:  This chronicles the history and heritage of Kinta Valley from prehistoric times to Independence Day. It covers a broad range of topics: its diversified communities and its social history, its mining activities, its trying times during the Japanese Occupation and the Emergency, its indigenous people, its geography and much more.   


Title: Generations: The Story of Batu Gajah

Author: Ho Tak Ming

Publisher: Perak Academy (2005)

ISBN:  983405565X

Description:  This book tells the history of Batu Gajah and the pioneers.


Title: Welcome to Ipoh

Author: J.C. Liew

Publisher: J.C. Liew (2003)

ISBN:  983417330X

Description:  This pictorial book by freelance photographer, JC Liew features short articles as well as photographs of       landscapes, glimpses of street life and candid shots of Ipoh’s residents.


Title: Limestone Hills & Caves of Kinta Valley

Author: Cheang Kum Seng

Publisher: MNS, 2009

ISBN: 978-983-9681-42-0

Description:  A coffee table book with photographs of the stunning karst landscape surrounding the Kinta Valley. Also included are some old photographs of features which no longer exist due to quarrying and development.


Title: Raja Bilah and The Mandailings in Perak : 1875-1911

Author: Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

Publisher: MBRAS, 2003

ISBN:  967-9948-31-5

Description:  “This book provides not only a detailed and interesting historical account of the Mandailing community, but also a rare indigenous viewpoint of events during the extension of British colonial rule in the Malay Peninsula in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” – Dr Leonard Y. Andaya


Title: Taiping : The Vibrant Years

Author: Khoo Kay Kim

Publisher: OFA Dezyne, 2003

ISBN: 983-2759-01-3

Description:  A storybook about the development of Taiping from 1876 until World War Two.


Title: No Dram of Mercy

Author: Sybil Kathigasu

Publisher: Prometheus Enterprise Sdn Bhd, 2006

ISBN: 983-219-722-8

Description:  The memoirs of Ipoh’s World War Two resistance heroine Sybil Kathigasu. It tells of her courage during imprisonment and torture in the hands of the Japanese secret police after getting caught for providing medical aid to the guerillas in Papan.


Title: Ipoh the City that Tin Built

Author: Khoo Salma Nasution

Publisher: n/a

ISBN: n/a

Description: Have an memorable heritage walk with this well-illustrated guide to Ipoh’s heritage sites and buildings..



7 Responses to “Booklists”

  1. 1 nick coffill April 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

    The A2 fold-out heritage walk plan of Ipoh should be included, even if its out of print. This could promote further interest and create demand for a reprint.

  2. 3 Kee Ng March 30, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Please advise where or how I can purchase or order the newly published book ‘Returning Taiping’. The Star newspaper mentioned that one should contact UM or NUS but I cannot find any information on both their websites. Thank you.

  3. 4 Lily Ting March 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I would like to follow up to see if there is any further copies of Returning Taiping available for sale in Taiping or from any other book shop close by or in KL. I just returned to my home town and saw the article on Taiping on sunday the Star

    Thank you.

    Lily Ting

    • 5 perakheritage April 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Hi Kee Ng and Lily, thank you for pausing and dropping a line here. For details on where to get the book ‘Returning Taiping’, please go to our blog ‘Mapping Taiping Heritage’. Thank you.

  4. 6 Donna May 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Wonderful site. A lot of useful info here.
    I am sending it to a few buddies ans also sharing in delicious.

    And certainly, thanks to your effort!

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