Taiping, Perak

Coordinates: 4°51′N 100°44′E / 4.850°N 100.733°E / 4.850; 100.733
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Town and
Hanyu Pinyin)
Thài-pêng (Penang Hokkien)
 • Tamilதைப்பிங்
Taippiṅ (Transliteration)
Kota Road at night
Official seal of Taiping
The Rain City, The Heritage City
Aman Selama-lamanya
Postal code
Area code05
Vehicle registrationA

Taiping (Malay:

Jawi: تاءيڤيڠ; Chinese: 太平, Mandarin: [tʰaɪ̯⁵¹piŋ], Hokkien: Thài-pêng; Tamil: தைப்பிங்) is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. It is located approximately 48 km (30 mi) northwest of Ipoh, the capital of Perak, and 78 km (48 mi) southeast of George Town, Penang. With a population of 245,182 (in 2013),[3] it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh
, the state capital.

Taiping took over

Perak State Museum
is located in the town.

Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in


Taiping was ranked in the Top 3 Sustainable Cities in the world.[6]


The area developed quickly in the 19th century when

Larut, Matang and Selama
in Perak. Before 1937, Taiping was the capital of the state of Perak and the centre of a long and drawn out war resulting in a change of rulership for the state. Taiping used to be known as Klian Pauh – Klian meaning mine while Pauh is a type of small mango.

Taiping town.
The colonial-era Larut, Matang and Selama Land and District Office.
St. George's Institution
, a colonial boys' school established in 1915.

Long Jaafar has been historically credited with the discovery of tin in Larut in 1848. According to legend, Long Jaafar had an elephant named Larut and he used to take this elephant with him when journeying between Bukit Gantang and Lubok Merbau. One day the elephant went missing and when the elephant was eventually found three days later Long Jaafar noticed tin ore embedded in the mud that was on the elephant's legs. It is said that this was how Larut got its name.[8]

Eventually in 1850, Larut district was bestowed upon Long Jaafar by Raja Muda Ngah Ali and the Chiefs of Perak: the Temenggong, Panglima Bukit Gantang, Panglima Kinta, Syahbandar and Seri Adika Raja. Some time later, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Abdullah, died in 1857 and a series of succession disputes ensued. Unhappy with the abuse and favouritism of various royalties, rival Malay camps took sides with one or the other of the two great Chinese secret societies present in there at the time. [citation needed]

Long Jaafar established and developed his administrative centre at Bukit Gantang and made Kuala Sungai Limau at Trong the principal harbour of the Larut Settlement. In 1857 Long Jaafar was succeeded by his son Ngah Ibrahim. Sultan Jaffar Muazzam Shah presented an acknowledgement letter to Ngah Ibrahim on 24 May 1858. This letter was signed by Sultan Jaffar, Raja Muda Ngah Ali and the Raja Bendahara of Perak. In the time of Ngah Ibrahim the Chinese increased in number and by early 1860 two large groups were formed by the Chinese, the "Five Associations" whose members worked in the mines of Klian Pauh and the "Four Associations" whose members worked in the mines of Klian Baharu. [citation needed]

Mining rights were given to the Hakka "Five Associations" or Go-Kuan (五館 or 五群) and the Cantonese "Four Associations" or Si-Kuan (四館).

Ghee Hin Society (義興私會黨) and the Hakka Hai San society. Many Hakka had fled China when the Taiping Rebellion broke out there and found work in the mines of Chung Keng Quee establishing his position over the mining area in Larut as leader of the Hai San
from 1860 to 1884.

The capital of Perak was moved from Bandar Baru (New Town) to Taiping after Datok Maharaja Lela assassinated the first

James Wheeler Woodford Birch at Pasir Salak in 1875. In 1937, the capital of Perak was moved from Taiping to Ipoh

The town's mining industry continued to thrive; the country's first railway was built to transport tin from Taiping to Port Weld (now known as Kuala Sepetang) at the coast for export. The first train in Malaysia took its schedule on 1 June 1885.[9]

By 1900, an English language school,[10] a newspaper,[11] and the Perak Museum (the oldest in Malaysia) had been established.[12]

Although Taiping's economy declined with the dwindling tin deposits, tin mining remains an important industry in the area, as do rubber and rice.


Aerial view of Taiping
Night view of Taiping

Taiping lies 23m above sea level situated on a plain to the west of the Bintang Mountains. Perak's capital city, Ipoh, is approximately 48 km (30 mi) southeast of the town, while George Town, the capital city of the neighbouring state of Penang, lies 78 km (48 mi) away to the northwest.


Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia even on the driest month. In June, the town still receives 159 mm (6.3 in) of rainfall. The average annual rainfall is about 3,200 mm (130 in) in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000 mm (79 in)–2,500 mm (98 in). Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.

Climate data for Taiping, Malaysia (1982 - 2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 32.1
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 21.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 203
Source: climate-data.org[13]


Taiping Municipal Council

The Taiping Municipal Council is the municipal council which administers the township. This council was established after the township in 1930. Their jurisdiction covers an area of 186.46 square kilometres.[14]

Due to electoral division by

constituencies (DUN) dividing the township. There are Taiping parliamentary seat, Aulong, Pokok Assam and Kamunting state seat meanwhile for Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat, Terong, Kuala Sepetang and Changkat Jering
state seat.


Taiping has traditionally been a Chinese majority which is still retained to date. The Chinese make up 46%, followed by Malays at 40%, and Indians at 12%. Others constitute 1% of the population.

Ethnic composition of Taiping (2020)[15]
Ethnicities / Nationality Percentage


Primary and secondary education in Taiping are provided by national-type schools, Chinese-medium schools and Tamil-medium schools. Some of the notable schools are

SMK Convent Taiping, SM Klian Pauh, Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Hua Lian, St. George's Institution, SMK King Edward VII, and Treacher Methodist Girls' School


Albizia saman
) along the road around Taiping Lake Gardens that have been there since the British colonial times over a hundred years ago. The trees have been the subject of local conservationists efforts to protect them against removal by the municipal council for a new development.

Notable people

  • Anwar Fazal, Born in Sungei Bayor (Selama) but resided in Taiping. Anwar is the founder and also Chairman of the Taiping Peace Initiative and various non-governmental organisations in Malaysia.
  • Imee Ooi, music producer, composer, arranger and vocalist.
  • Lim Swee Aun, Former Health Minister of Malaysia.
  • Uthaya Sankar SB, Malaysian writer from Aulong Lama, Taiping.
  • Toh Chin Chye, Singaporean politician who served as the Deputy Prime Minister for Singapore.



Taiping railway station

KTMB in the 1980s.[17][18]

The station was previously served only by

KL Sentral taking about six hours. Since 1 July 2015, the station is also served by KTM ETS's ETS Ekspres service, reducing travel times on the same route to about three hours. Taiping is also a stop on the ETS Transit service between Ipoh and Padang Besar. The station is also served by the KTM Komuter Northern Sector


2 major public bus companies serve Taiping, and provide affordable and convenient connections to nearby towns. Blue Omnibus operates routes to coastal

Kuala Kangsar (54), agricultural Batu Kurau, historical border town Parit Buntar (8), and Selama (2).[19]

See also


  1. ^ "Logo". Portal Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Taiping (MPT). 21 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Laman Web Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Taiping - Profil YDP". Archived from the original on 5 January 2010.
  3. ^ Senarai Mukim dan Statistik Penduduk
  4. ^ Malaysian States http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Malay_states.htm
  5. ^ Newspapers recorded Taiping as the wettest place in Malaya in March 1937, with a rainfall of 21.55 inches, and Maxwell's Hill next to it with 16.01 inches. Comparatively, Kuala Lumpur's rainfall was just 6.39 inches (The Straits Times, 24 April 1937, Page 12).; In 1959, The Straits Times (The Straits Times, 2 April 1959, Page 7) reported, 'Water was rationed 39 days last year in Taiping, the wettest town in Malaya. 'Taiping's Larut Hills record the highest annual average total of 5800 mm rain (Cranbrook, Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, ed. Malaysia:key Environments. Oxford: Published in Collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources by Pergamon, 1988. Print. Page 7).
  6. ^ LOH, IVAN. "Taiping is No 3 most sustainable city in the world". The Star. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  7. ^ Wahab, Farid (31 May 2022). "Delving into cultural roots of north Perak". The Star Online.
  8. ^ The Straits Times, 31 August 1931, Page 6
  9. ^ Straits Times Weekly Issue, 12 November 1890, Page 3
  10. ^ The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942), 28 April 1894, Page 11
  11. ^ The Straits Times, 6 March 1889, Page 2
  12. ^ "Climate: Taiping, Malaysia", climate-data.org 2016. Web: [1].
  13. ^ "Background". Official Portal of Taiping Municipal Council (MPT). 21 October 2015.
  14. ^ Cite error: The named reference 2018pop was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  15. ^ "Taman Tasik Taiping | Taiping, Malaysia | Attractions". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  16. ^ "Landasan Keretapi Yang Pertama di Tanah Melayu". Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  17. ^ Malayan Railways 100 years 1885 – 1995
  18. ^ "Perak Bus Routes ~ Malaysia Public Transport Directory". Archived from the original on 3 December 2019.

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