Top 10 Things To Do In Ipoh For Free

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No. 6 Visit Places of Worship (religious)

Living in a multi-cultural society, Ipoh is culturally rich. No matter what our religion, we are free to visit mosques, temples and churches, WITH PERMISSION. I have a few places of worship for you here, with unique architecture.

A) Indian Muslim Mosque

Indian Muslim Mosque
Indian Muslim Mosque

This is an Indian Muslim Mosque (Masjid India Muslim), located just next to St. Michael’s Institution along Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam. It was built in 1908 by someone by the name of Sheik Adam and is known as “Town Padang Mosque”, basically because the town padang (field) is just opposite. This unique Indian Muslim mosque spots a “Moghul-style architecture”.

Indian Muslim Mosque
Moghul-style architecture

This is an iconic landmark included in Ipoh Heritage Trail Map 1.

Indian Muslim Mosque
Add: Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam, Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.002′ E 101 4.654′

B) St. John’s Church

This is an Anglican church, also known as Church of St. John the Divine. Completed in 1912, it was the largest church in Malaya (now Malaysia). This is also included in Ipoh Heritage Trail Map 1.

St. John's Church
St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church
Add: Jalan St. John, 30200 Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.120′ E 101 04.556′
Tel/Fax: +05-2548146

C) St. Michael’s Church

St. Michael’s Church is a Roman Catholic church, located opposite SM Convent, Ipoh. Because of its long driveway, it is hidden from view from the main road, though.

St. Michael’s Church
St. Michael’s Church

St. Michael’s Church
Add: 24, Church Road, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 35.702′ E 101 05.316′
Tel: +605-2540176

D) Paloh Khoo Miu

This temple celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. Its facade isn’t very captivating but the temple history is long and rich. For more information, click HERE.

Paloh Khoo Miu
Paloh Khoo Miu, Ipoh

Paloh Khoo Miu Ipoh Chinese Tai Pak Koong Temple
Add: 91, Jalan Bijeh Timah (formerly Treacher Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. (behind People’s Park)
GPS Coordinates: N 04 35.609′ E 101 4.736′
Tel: +605-2550407

E) Wat Siribunyamagaram

This is a huge Thai Buddhist temple located along Tambun Road, Ipoh. For more information, click HERE.

Wat Siribunya Magaram
Wat Siribunyamagaram

Wat Siribunyamagaram
Add: 88 & 90, Jalan Raja Dihilir (Jalan Tambun), 30350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.068′ E 101 6.842′
Tel: +605-5459211

F) Wat Puthanimittam

Wat Puthanimittam is home to the 33ft. (10m) tall Lord Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the lotus position.

Wat Puthanimittam
Wat Puthanimittam

Wat Puthanimittam
Add: Dataran Perajurit 1, Taman Kemuncak, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N04 36.879′ E101 07.864′
Tel: 017-5781781 – Mdm. Low Eng Choo (for information on dana activities) or 016-5942575 – Mr. Andy Fuan (for information on prayer and meditation sessions at the wat)

G) Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple

This Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple is possibly the largest in Malaysia. Besides its main temple complex, it is home to a 13-storey Enlightened Heart Medicine Buddha Bhaishaya Guru Pagoda.

Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple
Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple Complex

Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple
Postal add: 50, Laluan Perajurit 1, Ipoh Garden East, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.212′ E 101 09.253′
Tel: 019-5746503

H) Muhammadiah Chinese Mosque (Masjid Muhammadiah)

Situated on a land size of almost one acre just behind Medan Selera Tasek, the mosque spots 100% Chinese architectural design, with the roof imported from China. For more information, click HERE.

Masjid Muhammadiah Chinese Mosque
Muhammadiah Chinese Mosque (Masjid Muhammadiah)

Muhammadiah Chinese Mosque (Masjid Muhammadiah)
Add: Jalan Musim Bunga, Taman Tasek Jaya, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 38.954′ E101 06.432′
Visiting hours: Daily from 9am – 12noon & 2.30pm – 4pm

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25 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Do In Ipoh For Free

  1. Excellent write up – Emily

    You could also consider including The Enlightened Heart Tibetan Temple, Tambun & Eco Park, Taman Sri Botani to your list…

  2. Thanks for your suggestions. Quite overwhelmed with the many things to do in Ipoh for free. Took me one full day just writing this post, not inclusive of the time spent visiting these places for photos and GPS Coordinates!

  3. WoW so many places of interest to visit in Ipoh and free.

    Now know where to take my outsstation friends beside all the makan, makan……haha

    Thanks Emily, we need more Ipohian like U. Keep it up

  4. Good writeup Emily. I have an appreciation for Ipoh’s history, the people, the diversity in religion beliefs, places of worship and the beautiful natural surroundings. However, I draw the line at visiting libraries and mental hospitals on my vacations !! That said, the grounds and vast open space of the Bahagia Ulu Kinta Hospital is wonderful.

  5. Hi Ritchie!

    It’s not everywhere in Malaysia one gets to visit a mental hospital. There are only two – the second, smaller one is in Tampoi, Johor.

    So, it is an attraction, though may not be everyone’s preference.


  6. Thank you Emily, I am fm Perak but lost touch after many years of piling in KL. I’m planning a trip down memory lane with friends and yr info will make our trip interesting.

  7. Thank you very much for this informations! I’m from Europe and I’m visiting some kinsman here in Ipoh for a few months. I started to feel very bored, because they didn’t have much time for me and I have to plan the days by myself. I was looking for something to do and now I’ve found. Thank you very much.

  8. I’ve seen ur post about recreational places and places to be visited around ipoh and some other places. I have a kind request for u to upload indian places to be visited as mostly the places were based on malay and chinese. Forget about indian Muslims places that is totally islamic. We r in multiracial country, that hv to acknowledge every part of ethnicity. GOD wont punish if you post article and interesting places to be visited pertaining to indian society like big temples, indian food restraunt and so on. I hope u will consider my request and we must stop against discrimination.

  9. Hi Rajan,

    First of all, thank you very much for your comment.

    Perhaps you didn’t follow my blog as closely as you should, as I have written numerous posts on Indian culture and religion, places of interest and food over the years.

    The following are just some of them, for your reading pleasure.

    Bar.Racuda Restaurant & Bar, Ipoh
    “Spices of India” Indian Buffet Lunch
    Thaipusam Night Bazaar @ Little India, Ipoh
    Ipoh’s Little India
    Sri Subramaniar Temple Gunung Cheroh, Ipoh

    Having said this, I am always open to suggestions to increase this list on places of attractions in Ipoh that are free-of-charge to visit, as well as my food list Ipoh’s MUST Eat.

    If you have friends who run food and beverage outlets, do inform them of my blog as an avenue for them to promote their menu. They may contact me through my blog, as you did.

    Once again, thank you very much for your feedback and I hope to hear from you again.

  10. Definitely have to check this out the next time I’m in Ipoh! My dad is from Teluk Intan which is quite near. Haven’t had the time to venture around Ipoh much. 🙁

  11. Dear,

    is the public transportation is good in Ipoh?
    Or do we need to rent a car? Anyone know about the price for rent a car? can Indian driving licence holders drive a car in Ipoh?

  12. Hi Thouseef,

    No, public transport in Ipoh is not that reliable. However, you can use Uber around town.

    See this post:

    As for car rental in Ipoh, I know of this company:

    I have to clarify that I have not used their service before so I don’t know how good they are.

    I am not sure if Indian driving licence is valid in Ipoh (or Malaysia in general). It would be better if you could convert it to an international licence.

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