-the Ipoh City Market Ipoh, the state capital of the state of Perak in Malaysia is a city located 200km from Kuala Lumpur.
It is at least a good five and a half hours from Singapore if you intend to take a nice long drive from the Lion city. Popular opinion have stated that Ipoh is the ultimate place to retire to. There, everything moves at a pace slightly faster than a snail and it is peaceful, serene and even on a normal working day, things are pretty laidback. It is even more laid back than Perak's second largest town, Taiping as here the roads are wide and everything seems to be slightly better laid out than Taiping. Anyway, what makes a trip to Ipoh worth the drive then?
The food I suppose, as everywhere you go there are shops selling famous Ipoh noodles and to a lesser extent Ipoh white coffee. But on another scale of things a motoring enthusiast may fancy something raw and rustic about Ipoh – the 'pasar karat' or in plain English, the 'Rusty Market' which is a local slang for the weekend flea market located along Memory Lane or officially called Jalan Horley (Horley Road) right smack in Ipoh city.
The flea market is a regular feature in Ipoh every Sunday and locals as well as those from out of town throng the area seeking for bargains, antiques, memorabilia, collectibles and basically junk. Of course, one man's junk is another man's treasure and because of this you can see old bicycles, hubcaps from a long gone 1980s Toyota, badges and other automobile parts. And it is this reason why it is sometimes visiting any flea market is a worthwhile thing to do.
So aside from the used alloy wheels, car grilles, lights and caps you can find old automobile magazines, car manuals and so forth. Digging through a pile of spare parts is in a way digging through a part of automotive history. Sometimes, buying that old badge that came from an old Datsun 120Y or an old Alfa Romeo for a mere 20 or so Ringgit may conjure up old memories about one's childhood.
And if that does not rock your boat, you can have a look at the people there especially the ones who are there to sell their wares. Some of them are as old as the stuff they sell and some of them do travel in cars that are classics too (and also as old as them). The 60s Volkswagen Kombi and the 70s W115 Mercedes in the photos herein prove my point.
So aside from limestone hills surrounding the city, the colonial architecture, the peaceful retirees (who don't go around racing in wheelchairs) and pretty good choice of food, this is another reason why Ipoh could be a destination to those who intend to drive around Peninsular Malaysia.
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