Kong Heng Square is a charming old town nestled in the heart of Ipoh, Perak. Initially used as hostels for theatre performers performing in the adjacent building, Kong Heng square is the living testimony to the decadent culture behind the quaint city of Ipoh. With a history dating back to the 1950s, there are hidden quirks and charms here for you to uncover, perfect for a short weekend getaway.
What previously used to be an abandoned space at the corner of the junction of Jalan Bandar Timah and Jalan Panglima, one of the busiest junctions in the heart of Ipoh’s old town, Kong Heng Square has been brought back into one of the stylish spots in town.
Culture thrives in this popular tourist spot and you can find unique craft shops aplenty. For instance, the Ipoh Craftnerds is the epicentre for artisans to display their handmade craftworks. The collaboration between the owner and local crafters has attracted a good number of visitors and shoppers, especially on weekends. From home decors to tiny knick-knacks, there is something for everyone. The best part is you can never get two identical things! Which makes it a much more unique experience.
Get a taste of the rich and diverse culture of Malaysia by going on museum-hopping in Kong Heng Square and your first stop should be the Yasmin Newseum, located at the charming former bank vault that once housed gold bars and tons of cash, inside Bookxcess Ipoh. The late auteur is renowned for her critically-acclaimed films that touch on different facets of being a Malaysian. Consider the place as an ever-evolving space, instead of an archive because contents; be it poetry, films, or prints related to Yasmin Ahmad are refreshed every 6 months to 1 year. Definitely an interesting place to visit if you want to gain a deeper insight into the sociocultural background of Malaysia.
Another interesting museum that you can visit is the Time Tunnel Museum which is just a stone’s throw away from Kong Heng Square. There are many old trinkets and items displayed in this museum, which will bring its audience back in time. The museum portrays a setup of an old house, so be sure to explore every insta-worthy corner while you’re there.
On the last day of your trip, go on a gastronomical adventure by visiting the various kopitiams and boutique cafes in the vicinity of Kong Heng Square.
Plan B is a cafe that offers an alfresco dining experience to its patrons. Locals would swarm the place for good food and great ambience. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, head on down to the Concubine Lane where you can find hawkers selling all types of food. You can have a go at the famous tau fu fa, rainbow cheese toast, ais kepal (shaved ice), and a whole lot more. There are also old school Chinese restaurants and kopitiams along the street which serves an array of delectable dishes of their own. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy your cup of Ipoh White Coffee!