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Malaysia is a country of diversity, thanks to our rich ethnicity and culture. Not only does it have a variety of races, the cuisines, customs, traditions and religions also vary in every state.

All of these can be seen through the cultural, natural and historical attractions on each state, which is unique and popular in its own way.

Today we are going to look at famous places to visit in Perak, the fourth largest state in the country.

The state’s administrative capital is Ipoh while the royal capital is at Kuala Kangsar, where the palace of the Sultan of Perak is located.

1. Pangkor Island

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With its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, Pangkor Island is one of the most relaxing holiday destinations in Malaysia as it has beautiful white sandy beaches, fun water sports like jet ski, snorkeling, wind-surfing, fishing and scuba diving,  as well as deliciously fresh seafood served at many great local restaurants there. Two of the popular beaches at Pangkor Island are Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah.

2. Lost World of Tambun

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Have a whole lot of fun at one of Perak’s famous water theme park! Sunway’s Lost World of Tambun offers a variety of fun adventure that is perfect for the whole family. Take a dip in their natural hot springs pool which will relax and rejuvenate you after a long exhausting day. Discover the wonders of Lost World Petting Zoo which has more than 55 species of animals.

3. Gua Tempurung

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If you are a caving enthusiast, then you should definitely visit Gopeng’s renowned Gua Tempurung, one of the longest caves and is probably the largest natural limestone cave in Peninsula Malaysia. The cave has five huge domes with ceilings resembling coconut shells. These caves are famous for its spectacular of stalagmites, stalactites and other amazing rock formations.

4. Kellie’s Castle

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An unfinished, ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. According to different sources, the mansion was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son. Kellie’s Castle is famous for being haunted as residents at the area nearby claim to have seen fireballs floating or a little girl (who is believed to be Smith’s daughter) with a white dress pacing at the corridor of the second floor. The mansion has several hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels. It is believed that the mansion had four secret tunnels but only two of the tunnels were found so far.

5. Zoo Taiping & Night Safari

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It is the oldest zoo in Malaysia and is the only zoo in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Zoo Taiping currently houses more than 180 species of animals. It also houses the largest number of stump-tailed macaques in Malaysia. At night, the zoo transforms into a night safari which is a first of its kind in Malaysia. At the night safari, visitors will be able to observe animals that are active at night in their natural habitat.

6. Kek Lok Tong

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Literally translated as Cave of Great Happiness, Kek Lok Tong is an award-winning temple known for its beautiful landscape and breath-taking scenery. What’s unique about this cave-temple is that there is another great garden view once you get inside the caves. Kek Lok Tong is a great place for relaxing and doing light exercises like jogging. It also has one of the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh.

7. D.R. Seenivasagam Park

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Formerly known as Coronation Park, it is named after a famous politician of the People’s Progressive Party (Malaysia) (PPP), Darma Raja Seenivasagam or D.R. Seenivasagam. More famously called as D.R. Park, the place is famous for its scenic beauty and recreational facilities. There are several recreational fields, an artificial lake filled with various types of fishes, a nursery for potted plants and a children’s traffic playground, as well as a Japanese garden featuring a Japanese carp pond.

8. Ipoh Railway Station

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Designed by British architect Arthur Benison Hubback, the station is affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by the locals. The building used to house a station hotel called the Majestic Hotel but according to The Star, it closed down in 2011. The Ipoh station was used as a shooting location for the film “Anna and the King”, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat, and is now a famous location for wedding photo shoots.