Taiping (Chinese: 太平) is a town located in northern Perak, Malaysia
. With a population of 217,647 (in 2011), it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh
, the state capital. Taiping took over Kuala Kangsar
's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then replaced by Ipoh. Its development slowed down after that, but in recent years the town has begun developing rapidly again. Perak State Museum
is located in the town.
Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia.The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm – 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens
Lake Garden - The first public garden established during the British rule in Malaysia. It was originally a mining ground before established as a public garden in 1880.
Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) - A hill station with an altitude of about 1000m; ideal for jungle-trekking and camping.
Tulip Garden - Located at Bukit Larut, it is the first tulip farm established in Malaysia.
Taiping Zoo and Night Safari Taiping - First zoo to be established in Malaysia; popular on weekends with day-trippers from out of town