We have here a 1987 article about how Taiping got its name. Special thanks to our donor Lim Bor Seng.
According to the article, Taiping was established in 1874 after the end of the Larut War which marked peace between the mining groups at war – the Hai San warriors (led by Capitan Chung Ah Kwee a.k.a. Chung Keng Kwee) and the Ghee Hins (led by Capitan Chin Ah Yam). The name means “Everlasting Peace” in Cantonese.
Anyone here with a memory (or two, or more) of Taiping? We’d love to hear from you 🙂