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Ipoh People

     Historically, Malays are known to be the early settler in the Ipoh Old town area in early 1800s. After the arrival of British in the rich tin valley in 1878, the scenario changed and Malays no longer dominated the place. There were large number of Chinese immigrants migrated to Ipoh during the tin rush in the late 1890s.

Crowded traditional coffee shop in the early morning. Ipoh folks wake up early even on weekends. They have to wait beside the occupied table if they are not early enough.

      Today, Ipoh Old town residents are mainly from Chinese ethics such as Hakka, Teo Chew and other. Chinese in Ipoh Old Town is predominantly cantonese speaking but it is different from Hong Kong cantonese. They include some Malays words into their sentence which make their language unique.Standard of living in Ipoh Old Town is moderate . Most of the resident in Ipoh Old town are old .

       Malays and Indians and  are considered the minority group.Residents in the old town wear casually , mainly a t-shirt , short pants and slipper. 

 Teenage boys were playing basketball under the sun with bear feet. Their happiness even spread to the restaurants situated opposite the basketball court. Old town's children are free to walk around without their parent because the crime rate is low.


Bicycles and trishaws are mode of transportation for residents in Ipoh Old town. They use trishaws to carry goods from place to place.

A hardworking satay uncle carrying a tray of marinated satays from a back lane to his stall .

 Old barber shop uncle staring at the clock on the wall, waiting for his customer .
  They get their income by doing traditional business such as kopitiam, Rattan shop, book shop, tea shop and so on. Their pace of life are slow, they are warm, simply and laid back. 

 Lovely old couple walking on the street. The old man holding his wife who has difficulty to walk.

  Despite having such diverse races and cultures, Ipoh Old Town residents had lived in peace and harmony for more than hundred years. The existence of multi-races and cultural differences has become an asset to tourism industry in Ipoh.
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