Celebrating Perak’s Built Heritage


The Perak Heritage Society recently launched an exhibition and book launch entitled “A Celebration of Perak’s Built Heritage” which showcased the joint works by the Architectural Faculties from the National University of Singapore and University Malaya.

Shop owner Kamalar pointing to a model of her home the Singhalese Bar
Shop owner Ms Kamala pointing to the model of her home, the Singhalese Bar

The joint NUS-UM studio projects which took place in 2010 covered Taiping while the 2012 study covered Ipoh, Old and New town.

At these study projects, students took measured drawings of the buildings at the site locations which allowed them to be exposed to the methodologies of historical documentation and analyses of the places and buildings.

Detailed models and measured drawings
Detailed models and measured drawings

The findings of their studies are now on exhibition and are being displayed in images of the town, plans and drawings as well as architectural models of selected shop houses.

The study has also been compiled into two books for Taiping (Returning Taiping) and Ipoh (Familiar Spaces Untold Stories) respectively and which are being sold at the exhibition. During the launch copies of the book were presented to the shop house owners where the students did their analyses.

Architects (l-r) Lim and Yeh 'a good understanding for our heritage architecture'
Architects (l-r) Lim and Yeh ‘a good understanding for our heritage architecture’

Present at the exhibition was Ipoh born architect Ken Yeh. Yeh who has his office in Australia described the publications as “a good reference and understanding of how our forefathers built our town which creates the sense of appreciation for our heritage architecture.” Fellow architect Lim Take Bane concurred and added that “we should always respect our elders”.

The team from University Malaya and National University of Singapore
The team from University Malaya and National University of Singapore

The UM-NUS Joint Studio Programme Exhibition is being held at the Lim Ko Pi Gallery, upstairs of Lim Ko Pi restaurant on Hugh Low Street from February 26 to March 10 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm daily, closed on Mondays.


2 thoughts on “Celebrating Perak’s Built Heritage

  1. The Perak Heritage Society wishes to thank you for the coverage and continuing support to PHS.

    Special thanks go to your Editor, Fathol Zaman for graciously attending our exhibition opening and book launch.

    For those who missed the exhibition, you can buy the books: “Familiar Spaces Untold Stories: Encounters with Ipoh” and “Returning Taiping” by contacting us at the PHS, the Perak Heritage Society.

    You can read more about the event, illustrated with lots of photographs, to be published in our PHS blog real soon.

  2. Sunday, 10 March is the last day of the exhibition.
    Please go see it, and learn about Ipoh town, especially if it is your hometown.
    Many locals who have moved out of Old Town shophouses have marvelled at the exhibits, recalling their own memories of the streets in which they grew up.
    While you are there, buy a book, a souvenir T-shirt or two, or just donate to PHS for the effort in putting on a show for the City of Ipoh and celebrating the common heritage shophouses of Ipoh and Taiping.

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