07 August 2009

Ipoh Railway Stations

Ipoh Railway Station in the early years - c1900

The Ipoh Railway Station building located at Perak, Malaysia is believed to have been constructed in 1914 by the government architect AB Hubback. It has been recognised as one of historical buildings in the country due to its age, historical importance and architectural significance. Built with the combination of the British colonial and Moghul architectural influences mainly on its facades and roofs, the railway station is known locally as the “Taj Mahal” of Malaysia.


The railway station also has a hotel to accommodate travelers called the Majestic Hotel. Facing the building is a beautiful floral garden that serves as a charming welcome for tourists to the city.

According to historians, Perak actually pioneered train travel in Malaya (the former name of Peninsular Malaysia). The railway station is a reminder that the British were the first to lay down railway lines to meet the transportation demands of the tin mining industry.

Ipoh station building c1919

The design concept of the railway station is a solid Neoclassical building embodying strict symmetry, balance and harmony. The architectural style of the building is classified as the Straits Eclectic commonly found in many historic public buildings in Malaysia and Singapore. It portrays the unique styles of building construction and engineering. The completion in 1917 was delayed three years by the shortage of materials and high costs during World War I. The railway station has recently undergone refurbishment and modifications of its interior as well as exterior, especially to its platform buildings, to accommodate the double tracking of the railway station.

Both stations were designed and construct under the supervision of a government senior architect, Arthur Benson Hubback in 1914. Hubback was the government architect in Calcutta prior to being transferred to Malaya in 1908 and the Indian experience can be seen in his workmanship. Local sources indicate that the building was originally designed as a hospital and used as such prior to the 1900’s and its subsequent conversion to the station building.

View of early Ipoh shunting yards

The Ipoh station is sometime referred to the “Taj Mahal” of Ipoh due to its Indian influences in architecture. The architecture of the station would be classed as a “Straits Eclectic”, which is a blend of the Indian and European styling primarily found in Malacca, Penang and Singapore. The mix of architectural style between the classic Malay and European structural system and decoration has created this unique style of construction.

3 comments:

Karti_jr said...

awesome blog. so much i got from ur blog about ipoh. thanks a lot.

mapetm said...

Thanks for reading

Vind_codex said...

i totally agree to you. i love this blog.