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Familiar? Well, we believe that this was part of the Jubilee Park ……..yes, the FUN-Section where there were carousel rides, game stalls..etc.

How much did such a ride cost? Did they have a day-pass or something similar (as what Lost World of Tambun has today) ?

  1. S.Y. Lee says:

    I have sat on the ferris wheel in the Jubilee Park before. It is per ride. I forgot the cost but it may be around 20 sen. They do not have a day pass. The “day pass” was only introduced probably when Sunway Lagoon in Bandar Sunway started. It was a miracle that there were not many accidents (I did not hear of any) from the old and worn out ferris wheels.

  2. Wong Soi Yin says:

    Apart from the Jubilee Park, these rides are also seen in the travelling carnivals that goes from one small town to another throughout the year. They stay in one place for two weeks to a month depending on the business they get. The ferris wheel was always the main attraction and its size the talk of the town. Besides this there are the merry-go-rounds, train rides, games stalls and the ever popular haunted house! Another fun and crowd pulling attraction was the ronggeng stage with the beautiful ronggeng girls! Those were the days.

  3. alexandra says:

    I remember my 1st ride was at MGS school field. Was scared stiff as it went very fast. I don think they have day pass then.

  4. ipohgal says:

    The picture of this ferris wheel at Jubilee Park brought back sweet memories. I sat on this with my Dad when I was a little girl. We went to Jubilee Park quite often, once or twice a week. Sometimes it was the ferris wheel, other times the carousel. That was in the late 1960s.

    By the way when was this picture taken, Ika?

  5. ika says:

    Hi PT. No your eyes did not fail you but what we cannot read is what the different prices bought you. If ipohgirl is right (and her memory is usually spot-on) and the ride cost cocents what did you get for 30 or 40cents?

    For ipohgirl – Judging by the size and shape of the photo we believe this was almost the same era as when you went there with Dad – around the mid 1960s.

  6. PT says:

    Hi Ika, I reckon they categorized the ticket prices to ‘adults’, ‘teens’ and ‘children’. I’d like to hear the views of others.

  7. Wong Soi Yin says:

    My father bought all the tickets so I have no idea at all about the prices. My guess is 20 cents for children, 30 cents for adults and 30 cents for adult + child or for more rounds on the wheel! Haha

  8. Mano says:

    Ika, I beg to differ. The Jubille Park that I used to go to with my dad even in the early sixties was well built up all around. There was the merry-go-round, the shooting arcades and as mentioned in an earlier blog, a boxing ring! All these amd more situated in the midst of two cinema theatres. Looking at the picture, I doubt if it is even Jubilee Park or perhaps Jubilee Park before the 60’s.

  9. AP@IpohBornKid says:

    My guess: Rides – 20 sen carousel, 30 sen ferris wheel, and 40 sen dodgem cars. Tend to agree with Mano’s comments.

  10. Mano says:

    By the way,talking about cents. Back then the currency was in dollars and cents. However, unique to Ipoh was the reference to cents in multiples of ten as ‘kupang’in Malay. For instance, seventy cents would be ‘tujuh kupang’

  11. rosebud says:

    Another unique & exclusive Ipoh Canto speak in reference to cents. Seventy cents is called ‘chut chien’ whereas in other Canto speaking areas outside Ipoh it is ‘chut kok’. You say ‘chut chien’ to them outside Ipoh & they will give you the ‘huh’ look. The photo must be taken eons ago with our local Romeo taking his date there. Then again at that time besides the cinema, where else to take her on a day date in a small town like Ipoh? Everyone seems to know everyone. You are seen taking her to Coronation Park(now Taman DR) & by next day, the whole of Ipoh will want to know when is the wedding date.

  12. ika says:


    I have to say that I simply do not know. One thing is certain and that is that this is a permanent structure inside a complex with other fixed buildings behind. Also on the reverse is written “Park Ipoh”. The shape and size of the photo is indicative of the 50’s or 60’s. There was no other permanent Ipoh Ferris wheel as far as we know.

    One thing that I do not understand is that the history we have says that the second version of Jubilee Park (built in the 50s by Iversen) had a Ferris wheel, but you do not think so but ipohgirl rode on one there some years after you had enjoyed your visits.

    Could this be a photo of the original Ferris wheel in the first Jubilee Park that was later incorporated into the Iversen designed complex?

    Clearly we need all the help we can get here to set the history straight.

  13. ipohgal says:

    I have not been to Jubilee Park during daytime; it was always at night after dinner or after my dad closed up his coffee shop, around 8 or 9 pm. This photo was obviously taken during daytime. So I am not sure whether this is the same Jubilee Park at Cowan Street or not. But I could recognise this was the type of ferris wheel I rode on when I was there. I was around 6 to 7 at that time, late 1960s and early 1970s.

    As for the name “Park Ipoh” this is very interesting. Accidentally, both my parents and grandma (people who took me there) used to call this place simply “Park” since “Jubilee” is quite a mouthful for them as they do not speak English at all. All they could managed was “Park.” So when they said “Let’s go to Park” I knew it would be to Jubilee Park and nowhere else.

    Yes, like what Mano and rosebud said, cents in Ipoh are called ‘kupang’ in Malay and ‘chien’ in Cantonese. Dollars would be known as ‘mun’ in Cantonese but I am not sure what it is called in Malay. Anyone knows?

  14. Mano says:

    Ika, I was refering to your suggestion to Ipohgal that the photo could have been taken in the mid 60’s. From memory, by the early 60’s, there already were all the other attractions that I have mentioned together with the ferris wheel at the Jubilee Park. Therefore, it was more likely that the picture was taken alot earlier.

  15. Mano says:

    Ipohgal, for the Malays it was the Ringgit when refering to the dollar. However, it was always Dollar when conversing in English amoungst themselves or others. Back then, the medium of instruction was English until Bahasa Malaysia gained prominence. FYI, the Indians have always refered to the dollar or ringgit as ‘Velli'(silver) when speaking in Tamil. I believe, it was Anwar Ibrahim when he was the minister of finance, who made the useage of Ringgit official.

  16. Cheesl63 says:

    Ipohkid is right , the do gems car quadrangle is to the back of the ferries wheel and the merry go round is to the right of the ferries wheel. 20cents for the merry go round 30cents for the ferries wheel and 40 cents for the do gems cars. The picture should be taken in the mid 1950’s . By the way the Joget/Ronggeng platform is at the back of the ferries wheel so is the Boxing/ wrestling ring . Remember King Kong and Leong Fu? Robert Leong’s brother is Leong Fu. Robert Leong was a teacher in the lower secondary of ACS. This was the Jublie Park before it was updated with brick and mortal buildings. The Jubile park then was filled with wooden structres.
    As to the reference how dollars and cents are referred to in Ipoh as opposed to the south of Tanjong Malim please remember there are More Cantonese and Hakkas here in Ipoh than down south so they use more the Guangdong words than Hokkien/ Teichow words or commonly known as Minan language in Fujian.

  17. Mano says:

    Not only the Ringgit and Sen was called differently according to the vernacular. The Chinese were one up as they had their own name for some of the towns! Most well known was ‘Paloh’ for Ipoh!

  18. felicia says:

    CheeSL63…..you may have ‘solved’ our little mystery of the unreadable sign in front of the Ferris Wheel! 🙂
    If what you’d deduced is right, then this picture was probably taken in the 1950s?

  19. ika says:

    CheeSL63, the positive way that you laid out the history tells me that you did it from a very clear memory. Am I right?

    This photo will line up with the one we have at http://www.ipohworld.org/search8/result.asp?strid=975 and taken in 1947/48. Can you enlighten us where the Ferris wheel was in relation to the other buildings in this photo please. That would be really helpful to describe the amusement area in conjunction with your excellent description above.

  20. stanley says:

    The ferris ride was the highlight whenever my family went to the park.Does anybody still remembers ther were three cinemas in the park.There were The Grand,The Oriental(Toong Fong)and also the other one was called LOW tien .the price for aticket was cheaper than THe Sun at old town,before the Oriental site there was a chinese theatre.My parents took us there whenever there was a Hainanese Opera playing there.

  21. ika says:

    Can anyone give us more dates of these events please. For example when did the Opera become a cinema and when did the carousel move from outside to inside?

    We have much to record for future generations to learn from.

  22. Cheesl63 says:

    Ika, to answer u from memory, from the main entrance u turn right there were on both sides the various small time games (gambling) stores .At he end of that way on the left was the Chinese opera house together with a food/drink store at the front, towards it’s left is the ferries wheel. Then comes the dodgem cars, after that is the Low Tient(open air cinema) costs only 20cents n 30cents per person . This was where they staged the wrestling/boxing matches. We the boys staying around the area would climb the trees to have a free show .the Grand is located on the left of the main entrance on Cowan street. The Cabret before it was rebuilt was a single storey high ceiling structure located on the Brewster road side with it’s own entrance. On Sundays afternoon many a wedding was held in this hall. Anyone had theirs parents wedding held here. This Hall was built before the War. As for Stanely’s Hainanese Opera , it’s interesting please let us know where it was.

  23. ipohgal says:

    Stanley and Cheesl63, thanks for mentioning “Low Tien” for this name brings back some memories. My grandma, mom or aunt used to bring us kids there some nights after dinner. What is amusing is that each of us brought our own little wooden stools along for this is better than squating down which can be quite tiring for our poor knees.

    Once, my grandma even brought a piece of mosquito coil and a matchbox too. She lit it up to prevent us from being biten by the mosquitoes…hahaha!Those were some of our happy times at the Park!

  24. S.Y. Lee says:

    Ika, I remember being dragged along by our servant (a lady from China) to the Chinese Opera. That was my first taste of Chinese culture. My mother also used to go along. Could never understand what they were saying or singing. You may speak the same tongue but still cannot understand the meaning. I was below 12 at that time. This was probably in 1956 and earlier. I remember they still had the Chinese opera for a further two years or so. That would place the year to around 1958 or 1959. My dates are a bit hazy. I remember that the ronggeng was still on up to 1960. I don’t remember the ferris wheel (and the dodgem cars – not “do gems” cars as mentioned by Cheesl63 – probably from the words “dodge ’em”) being outside the Jubilee Park. They were always within the Jubilee Park enclosure.

  25. Cheesl63 says:

    Sorry for the spelling of dodgems car caused by the intelligent computer predictive mode. However SY, the dodgems car quadrangle was within the Park not out of it. As for the Oriental cinema it came much later, when the wooden buildings were replaced the Chinese opera was housed in the new brick building that subsequently modified into a cinema. (( Rose Chan Revue was staged at the same venue then in the late 50’s till early 60’s wrestling the Python ))

  26. Tshui says:

    A little bit outdated but significant to opine regarding this subject for such fascinating unsolved case is worth thoroughly dealt with again. At all cost if I may say. I totally agreed with Mano’s doubt (10, 16) that the picture was taken in Jubilee Park in the 60s or late 50s. My late father occasionally took me to the Park Cheon (as named by ipohgal, 15) in the late 50s. As vividly as I could remember, concrete buildings were already built in the park. Judging from the photo, in which coconut trees are seen, in which the designs of the building and the white wooden fencing appear more village-like, I am firmly convinced the ferris wheels belong to a touring carnival park operating in one of the distant village around Ipoh, probably in the late 40s when villages like Pasir Pinji, Bercham, Kg Simee, Buntong were mushrooming.

  27. AP@IpohBornKid says:

    Tshui’s new evidence paints a credible scenario that the ferris wheel is a local village one. The coconut trees and surrounding buildings did not match Jubilee Park. If my memory is correct, the Jubilee Park ferris wheel had lmore than 12 seats.

  28. ika says:

    It is very interesting that this has been brought back into vision after so long.

    I still believe that it is Jubilee Park but in the very early days. We know that the land was open ground until 1932 and a look at http://www.ipohworld.org/blog/?p=3646 demonstrates how rural Brewster Road was before/just after the war. So perhaps there were coconut trees around still after 1932.

    Furthermore the buildings do not look like they would be taken to pieces and then reassembled elsewhere. They are too permanent looking for that.

    So for my money, this is the first Ferris wheel at Jubilee Park before the complex was rebuilt and larger more extravagant rides put in.

  29. blue_Ngel says:

    I believe jubilee park is our parents’ memory but really a waste it just left it empty like that..

    is it possible to alive it back???

    haha, unless v meet a millionaire who willing to contribute $ right…

    I believe our parents must b happy IF.. jubilee park re-open..

    hope my wish will come true…one day….

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