The Birch Memorial Clock Tower is a major monument in Ipoh City. Any visitor, especially on his or her first trip, ought to visit and pose for a few photos with it. Unveiled in 1909, the tower was erected to commemorate James W. W. Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak. The cost of construction at the time was $25,000.
Located at Old Town Square, the clock tower boasts a mother bell and four smaller bells, that strike the chimes on the hour. The monument also features four panels that illustrate the growth of civilisation, each one depicts a different stage, beginning with the Stone Age.
Even though the country is still under Full Movement Control Order (FMCO), this clock is kept well-oiled by staff from the Ipoh City Council to ensure that it continues to keep accurate time.