Taiping Trip Day 3 – Taiping Lake Garden 21 Sep 2009

Posted: September 21, 2009 in Travel

Actually from the day we arrived Taiping on the 19 Sep 2009, we did not have any ideas where is the Taiping Lake Garden and Taiping Zoo, until after we had our dinner at the hawker centre near to it, we made a left turn at end of the road, we only realised that there is the lake in front of us under the moon lighting. We were so happy then. We planned to take a stroll to the lake garden the next day. But, eventually we did not make it due to too tired.

Then, it was really a mistake too that we did not visit after the Taiping Zoo, because immediate that night dinner, all of us, including Daddy, Issac and Annabelle had a food poisoning. Alvin had been to toilet about seven times in the midnights vomiting and diarrheal, It happened to myself three times. Alvin has the most serious one because he is always very sensitive to all these things. We had ‘Lobak’, ‘Sotong Kangkong’ and ‘Fried Omelette’ only for our dinner. Both children had very small portions only. I suspected is one of the dishes not clean or fresh, thus we ended up like that on our last day of the trip. It was really a spoiling ones… Anyway, just because Alvin knew that I want to go to the Lake Garden so badly! (I had been planning this Taiping Trip about two months ago…), we just drove there, took a sit there for a while and relax just for about… 20 minutes? just to fulfil my desperate?

P1010896 Taiping Lake Garden 1880

Honestly, visitors to this part of Perak will be glad to note that what was once a tin mine has now been turned to a beautiful park. As one of the many firsts in Taiping, the Taiping Lake Garden has been operational since 1880. It was built on an old mining land and today plays host to a variety of plants, flowers, trees, birds and a dazzling variety of insects. The old mining pool has become the crown jewel – the lake.

These 64 hectares of exuberant green turf, trees and plants portray the good sense of environmental rehabilitation and preservation. The clean and well-maintained Lake Garden encompasses a lake, a recreational park and a Japanese garden. Together with the nearby golf course and zoo, this whole area forms the green lung of Taiping.

P1010908And, one more thing is you do not to be a professional photographer to take any angle of the Lake Garden, because it is really a beautiful park. The combination of blue colour lake, green colour threes made every shots is beautiful and nice. Mother Nature could not have provided better. I wish I can spend more time here but we could not afford as we have at least four hour journey back to Kuala Lumpur, and with our week physical conditions after a night of vomiting and diarrheal. Well, you can see it through our photos in the Lake Garden, how we look like…

We did bring both Issac and Belle go to the nearby playgrounds, let them had some fun there before we left the park. They enjoyed themselves very much. It would be more fun if we really enjoy it…

Nevertheless, Alvin did help me snap some photos on others local attractions which we are unable to visit: Clock Tower, Public Library, Perak Museum, Taiping Government Offices and Taiping Prison. All in the list is in the Taiping’s Many Firsts:

P1010918 Taiping Government Offices 1879

It is a refreshing relief to note that the local authority has embarked on a project to restore old colonial buildings and sites. Efforts include beautification of the whole town and implementing a constructive system to ease traffic congestion. Old colonial buildings are refreshed with a new coat of white paint.

This imposing Victorian styled block of offices was officiated in 1898. The Government Offices building portrays a very fine and well-designed architecture. Today, it is the State Council Chambers as well as offices for the State Secretariat, Treasury, Audit, Education and Forest Departments. The estimated cost of the facelift was RM83,750. The building is also the Larut-Matang District Office.

P1010922 Perak Museum 1883

Located along Jalan Museum, the Perak Museum was built in 1883. The country’s oldest museum has displays almost 3000 artefacts on zoology, pre-history, economy and ethnology. It contains an impressive collection of archaeological treasures like ancient weapons, aboriginal implements and ornaments that reflect Perak’s rich historical heritage.

Presently, only the herbarium section has changed or rather moved to the National Museum, while the rest remain intact with new additional items. The dominating sight as one enters the museum is the throne of the late Sultan of Perak.

Taiping Clock Tower 1890P1010877              Taiping Jail 1885 P1010921                                   Taiping Public Library










P1010916Besides, our hotel owner told us that there is a quarters area where the locals called ‘Laundry Places’ whereby 90% of Taiping people whom operate laundry business there as the whole ground floor of the flats are occupied by the laundry shops. The green fields next to it is their drying courtyard. And, it is true enough when we were there the night before.

We drove back to Kuala Lumpur around 12:30 noon and reached home around 4:00 pm. It was not so bad as last two days, nearly three and a half hours drive compared to seven hours. It is entirely exhausted and week. Just miss out something here, this trip would be a complete one if we did not eat the ‘wrong food’…

Source from www.virtualmalaysia.com & www.cuti.com.my

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