Kuala Lipis


Kuala Lipis

Kuala Lipis is a small town in Pahang, Malaysia with a population of 20,000. It is located in a district of the same name.

History

Kuala Lipis was a gold-mining center before the British arrived in 1887. In 1898 it became the capital of Pahang until 1953.

During this time, grand colonial buildings, such as the imposing District Offices and the Clifford School, and the Pahang Club were built. The hilltop house of the British Resident is now a hotel and museum.

The town grew and prospered with the coming of the railway in 1924. However, in 1953, the state capital was shifted to Kuantan, and Kuala Lipis fell into a decline. It is now a sleepy and picturesque town with reminders of a once important past.

Travel

Interesting Sites

*Kuala Lipis old town.
*Hilltop house of the British Resident.
*Kuala Lipis District Office.
*Old Railway Station.
*Clifford School.

Nature

From Kuala Lipis you can go to Kenong Rimba Park, which is about 10 km away. It is a forest reserve, accessible by train or boat. It is a good place for trekking and [http://www.cavesofmalaysia.com/photopage6.htm caving] .

How to get there:From Kuala Lipis take a train or car to Kampong Batu Sembilan. From here you take a boat for 30 minutes journey to Tanjung Kiara Jetty. From here you either can walk (trekking) for about one and half hour to base camp or take a 4 wheel drive for only 20 minutes. Activities: There are several activities can be done at this park such as caveing, jungle trekking, night walking, hill climbing, birds and animals observation.

Notable Personalities

*The current Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak was born in Kuala Lipis.
*Dato Panglima Seri Setia Faiz Akmal Amir Ruddin,very successful billionaire businessman.
*Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza was also born here. Her family still live in Kuala Lipis and the house she built for them became the talk of town as it was rumoured to cost millions of ringgit. It has now become a tourist attraction. The town council even provided directions to the house on a signboard and made parking space for tour buses available near the house. Recently, her wedding reception for friends and fans here was made an official function for the whole town by the council.

External links

* [http://julianselva.blogspot.com/2005/06/malaysian-adventure_29.html A Malaysian Adventure] Kuala Lipis - just before the outbreak of the 2nd World War.

* [http://www.kumprinx.com/ Pyrokumprinx Advanced Media] The only known personal site about living in Kuala Lipis. Features recent happenings and news.


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