Signs & Facades: Kuala Kangsar, Perak

12 January 2017

Continuing our photo series on signboards and store facades, we visit Kuala Kangsar to document what the town has to offer.

The birthplace of Malaysia’s rubber industry, Kuala Kangsar has been the epicentre for some of Malaysia’s most historically significant moments. Kuala Kangsar was the first foothold of the British Empire, and in 1897, saw the first conference of the Malay Sultans, transforming the township into Perak’s royal capital.




Over the years, tin mining expeditions propelled towns like Ipoh and Taiping into financially and culturally prosperous cities, and Kuala Kangsar was left lagging behind. However, the quiet town still boasts of Perak’s most ostentatious buildings.






















Colonial architecture dot the town centre while the fringes of Kuala Kangsar gleam with opulent royal palaces and gold-domed mosques, melding Moorish, Renaissance and neoclassical styles under one roof. Through the rustic facades of Kuala Kangsar, the town is a reminder of our nation’s illustrious past –how new waves of industries and economies shape the way our country is formed today.

As seen by Teoh Eng Hooi

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