Ipoh Railway Station: Perak's Iconic Transport Hub / Stesen KTM

Stesen KTM Ipoh Railway Station Perak Malaysia

Ipoh Railway Station is one of the earliest train station with the architecture is known as Taj Mahal of Ipoh. Very impressive landmark. And initially was a hospital? Find out more about this landmark building in Malaysia

Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM Summary

  • Attraction: Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM
  • Location: Perak, Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: Historical Building

Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM from Official

Ipoh Railway Station History

Ipoh Railway Station History : The Ipoh railway station was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century as such before being turned into a station. The original completion year of 1917 was delayed for three years due to lack of construction materials as well as high costs during World War I.

Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM is designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, it was first constructed and opened in 1935, making it the second concrete station to be constructed in the town.

The lpoh Railway Station bears close resemblance to its Kuala Lumpur counterpart and is affectionately known to locals as the Taj Mahal of lpoh. Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM is an impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments, it is surrounded by a beautiful floral garden which serves as a charming welcome for tourist.

Stesen KTM Ipoh Railway Station Perak Malaysia from Wikipedia

About Ipoh Railway Station in Perak Malaysia

Stesen KTM Ipoh : The Ipoh railway station is a Malaysian train station located at the south-western side of and named after the capital city of Ipoh, Perak. It serves as the main railway terminal for the state under Keretapi Tanah Melayu offering KTM ETS services, as well as handling freight trains. Although there are 9 tracks, only four are electrified and three of the electrified tracks are used for the ETS service.

The remaining 6 other tracks are used for freight trains.

Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM is designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, the current station was officially opened in 1917. Affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by its locals, the building also houses a station hotel called the Majestic Hotel.

Ipoh Railway Station Architecture

Like many early stations built under Perak Railway, the 1894 station’s construction was rudimentary, consisting of a single-storey wooden structure with massive pitched tiled roofs and an overall open air layout.

The 1917 station’s design was conceptualised by Arthur Benison Hubback, a British architectural assistant to the Director of Public Works credited for designing various public buildings in British Malaya in various vernacular colonial Western styles as well as “Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic” styles that draw influences from British Indian colonial architecture.

In contrast to the Kuala Lumpur railway station, the Ipoh station’s exterior is more distinctively Western in design, drawing elements of late-Edwardian Baroque architecture and incorporating moderate rustication on the base of the ground floor, opened pointed and arched pediments, extensive use of engaged columns.

And a large central dome over the porte-cochère, while integrating vernacular elements such as deep, open air loggias into the ground floor and upper floor of the building (the ground floor’s loggia measures at 183 metres, the length of the station’s frontage).

In spite of its overall aesthetics, elements of Indo-Saracenic architecture are still found in the form of miniature chhatris towering over corner support columns on both sides of the structure.

The 1917 Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM station originally boasted three platforms; one side platform and two island platforms connected by tunnels, with steel-and-wood pitched canopies as shelter.

Ipoh Railway Station History / Sejarah Stesen Keretapi Ipoh Perak

The first Ipoh station was constructed in 1894 as railway tracks for the Perak Railway (PR) were first laid along Ipoh, serving the town for 20 years through the final years of the PR and its consolidation into the Federated Malay States Railways (FMSR).

In 1914, construction of a second station and hotel to replace the first station began; dogged by material shortages and escalating costs of labour during the Great War, the station was only completed in 1917. The new double-storey station building was constructed with vastly larger space to not only house railway offices, but also Majestic Hotel, an enclose hotel that also boasted a restaurant and a bar.

Originally offering 17 bedrooms which directly grant access to the second floor loggia, the hotel upgraded its number of rooms to 21 in 1936.

For over 80 years, through the operational years of the FMSR and its eventual successor, Malayan Railways, the station’s overall layout has remained largely unchanged since its construction due to minimal upgrading exercises throughout the wider Peninsular Malaysian railway network.

Ipoh Station Square and Ipoh cenotaph

The Ipoh station is fronted by a large square known as the Ipoh Station Square. For much of its early history the square is a lawn sparsely lined with trees; a garden park was eventually built over the site over the course of the 1970s and 1980s, incorporating heavier vegetation, tiled and paved pathways, and a plaza containing sculptures and fountains.

Between 2011 and 2013 the entire square was heavily stripped and rebuilt as an open plaza featuring minimalist terraces, and wider open lawn patches. The reconstructed square is rebranded as the “Ipoh Heritage Square”, serving as the starting point of the Ipoh heritage trail.

Furthermore, the square is also prominent for a cenotaph erected in the centre. Unveiled during the 1927 Armistice Day, the stone brick cenotaph was built to honour men from Perak who have died in the Great War. The cenotaph has subsequently been modified with new plaques to honour fallen soldiers from Perak in World War II, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian confrontation and the “Re-insurgency Period”.

As a result of the cenotaph’s location the square has been a long-time local venue for Remembrance Day and Anzac Day. Some earlier plaques have been removed and replaced in an intervening change; the original brass plaque for the Great War dead has been restored although it is reinstalled on a different side of the cenotaph while several decorative brass parts have remained missing; to counter further vandalism the brass plaque has been covered with protective plastic shielding.

A more recent addition is a memorial plaque that pays tribute to combatant and non-combatant prisoners of war who died building the Thailand–Burma Railway.

The cenotaph, along with a matured Ipoh tree planted in 1980, are some of the few elements of the Ipoh Station Square that were preserved during the 2011—2013 rebuild.

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Contact Ipoh Railway Station Perak / Stesen KTM

Ipoh Station
Stesen KTM, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Tel : 03-2267 1200