A Walk along the Old Perak

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Kampar, a very Chinese town at the foot of Bujang Melaka on the main trunk road south of Perak, prides itself as being largest of these towns, while Gopeng has its long gone prosperity wanly reflected in its largest wooden market, the Chinese theatre and the signified rows of shop houses. Walk along and you can see the Kampar Independent Clock Tower located at the center of the town. Some old and historical restaurant or stalls along the road might make appetite. Clay pot Chicken Rice, Sago Dessert and Chinese Egg Tarts are Kampar delight. Where to go? Which restaurant? No worries walk and spot a restaurant with a small crowd, and that’s the place you go. Otherwise, take a walk in the market in the morning or night, delicious local food just around the corner.

Just south of Gopeng, a narrow side road to the right branches off to Kota Bharu, a little village on the railway, it then leads on to Mekam Teja, the tomb of Bendahara Alang Iskandar, one of the great state officers of 19th-century Perak and a direct ancestor of the present ruler. As is often the case with the graves of distinguished Malays, the site has become a shrine (keramat) visited by humble folk in search of blessings or tradition that a newly installed Sultan of Perak must pay his respects at this shrine.