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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. sk says:

    Dont look like a playground but a cemetery at the foreground. The background bulidings looks like it has been demolished .

    • IKA says:

      SK, the Peoples Park was far from being a graveyard. It was a beautiful green lung with ornamental trees and shrubs donated by Yau Tet Shin. It was a place to relax and enjoy nature.

    • S.Y. says:

      IKA, it all depends on what period of time you look at this place which was subsequently called the People’s Park. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was not developed and was just vacant land. I remember there was a building there where my grandfather used to take me for “dim sum”. I think the Peoples Park you are referring to is after the 1950s. The photo above probably showed the place in the 1950s

      • Ipoh Remembered says:

        Dear S.Y. … In the late ’20s, flood-mitigation measures changed the local shape of the Kinta and its banks. The photograph is from a time before these measures were put in place.

      • ika says:

        Hi SY, the park was built in 1907 and as we understand it officially opened in 1909 on the same day as the JWW Birch Clock Tower was dedicated. As I said before beautiful plants were donated by Yau Tet Shin. A Gazebo cum Bandstand was in place by 1920 but not shown in this photo. Thus the photo is probably from between 1907 and 1920, say around 1912 or thereabouts.
        Thhs was how a proper people’s park should be, close to nature and with plenty of fresh air. Not like the concrete jungle we have today.
        The vacant land you refer to is the same place but quite what happened to the park I have no idea. The land then became a car park and on Sundays, a junk market that the council moved to Horley Street, so that they could “beautify” the river bank. That’s how we got the “Beautiful”, deteriorating concrete nightmare we have today.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    The park was opened in 1907. From the photograph one can infer that flooding was not expected to be a problem.

    And yet after less than a decade of additional mining, so much silting had occurred along the river that the park was regularly submerged.

  3. Allan says:

    Its the view of people’s park looking from new town across river towards old town, before the river bunds were built. Eventually it became a foodcourt in the early 60s serving quite nice ice kachang and grilled sotong, but sadly business boomed only for a couple of years before it was abandoned. I used to live at Kenion Street, the row of rooftops on top of bridge.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear Allan

      Thanks much for your note.

      About Kenion Street: I wonder when you lived there.

      When they first arrived in Ipoh, the Wearne brothers occupied a shop on that street. A little later, next to the bridge there was a nice hotel at the corner (whose premises were later occupied by the Rex Hotel). Some time ago I promised the good folk at ipohWorld that I would recall the name of that hotel — but no luck so far! Do you remember the hotel and its name? It would have been there in the ’20s and ’30s. I think the owner may have sold the business before the Japanese Occupation.

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