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Kuala Kangsar, located 48km north of Ipoh on the Perak River, is the royal town of Perak. It is dominated by three beautiful buildings: Istana Iskandariah,
Istana Kenangan and the Ubudiah mosque.
The Istana Iskandariah, situated on a hill overlooking the river, is the palace of the Sultan of Perak. Although an imposing structure, it is of less
interest architecturally than the smaller
and more beautiful Istana Kenangan,
which was built as a temporary residence during the Iskandariah's construction. The Ubudiah mosque, begun in the late nineteenth century though not completed until after
the First World War, is a magnificently picturesque structure topped with a constellation of bright golden domes.
Kuala Kangsar is also the home of the Malaysian rubber industry. It was here, in 1877, that nine rubber trees were planted by the British resident Hugh Low, marking the arrival of an industry would within decades vie with tin as the country's most important export
Ubudiah Mosque, built by Sultan Idris Mursidul'adzam Shah
Istana Iskandariah, official residence of the Sultan of Perak.
The Istana Kenangan is the only remaining palace in the country with woven bamboo walls. Its delicately carved panels, friezes and eaves are yellow and black, the official colours of Perak.
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