Birch Memorial Clock Tower
31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Looks like it's in EuropeThis photo shows the top of the Birch Memorial Clock Tower in Ipoh, Perak state, Malaysia. The photo itself looks like a monument or a sculpture from somewhere in Europe.
This clock tower was erected in 1909 by the son of the first British Resident of Perak. Atop the tower, on each corner is a figure representing the "4 virtues of British administration." Further below the clock tower are paintings containing a total of 44 famous figures world history and civilisation - 11 on each side. Notably, there is one figure erased - if you go see it, you'd see 43 instead of 44.
If you happen to be around at the hour mark, you might just hear the clock bell ring, similar to the bell sound of the Big Ben in London.
Elsewhere, Ipoh is a town that tin mining built. As global demand for tin grew in the late 19th and early 20th century, so did migration into Ipoh (in particular Chinese miners) which transformed Ipoh into dynamic business and social centre.
Although, not as popular as Malaysia's top destinations, namely Penang and KL, it's well worth the visit.
Not surprisingly, Ipoh is well-known for its food - a bit of an underrated food destination. Bean sprout chicken and rice is one dish among others that Ipoh has gained its popular food reputation in Malaysia.