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750+ high-definition creative commons photographs presented here are from the Malaysian collections, on the linked pages you will find many photographs, also wherever possible I have added in relevant historical information, videos, maps and diagrams.

Interactive Map for the Photographs in Malaysia

a pick of some of the best photographs from the collections:

The Best of Malaysia (44)

1: Kedah

Bujang Valley Museum (24)

Modern Paintings by Paw Oo at Wat Olak Madu (68)

Paintings on the Blessings of Success by Aung at Wat Olak Madu (9)



2: Penang

Vivekavana, Solitude Grove (33)

Art Works at Kek Lok See (44)

Glasswork at the Vaidurya Buddhist Lodge (17)

Large Taoist Tow Boo Kong Temple (40)

Old Atmospheric Cheng Shin Temple (16)

Moral Uplifting Society (14)

Stonework at Tua Peh Kong Temple (25)

Old Protestant Cemetery (26)

Kek Lok See


3: Taiping

War Cemetery in Taiping (24)

The Lake Gardens (25)

The Memorial Park (36)

24 Filial Exemplar Stories (24)

24 Filial Exemplar Stories (2nd set) (24)

Fu-De-She-Da-Bo-Gong Temple in Kamunting, Taiping (40)


Map of Malaysia

Taiping [Peace Town] is located in northern Perak, Malaysia, with a population of just under 200,000, and holds the rank as 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 has been slowed down after the replacement, but in recent years the town has begun developing rapidly again.

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.

The area developed quickly in the 19th century when tin was discovered. The mines attracted large numbers of settlers, particularly Chinese. The capital of Perak was moved from Bandar Baru (New Town) to Taiping after Datok Maharaja Lela assassinated the first British Resident of Perak Mr. James Wheeler Woodford Birch at Pasir Salak in 1875. In 1937 the capital of Perak was moved from Taiping to Ipoh.

The town's mining industry continued to thrive and the country's first railway was built to transport tin from Taiping to Port Weld (now known as Kuala Sepetang) at the coast for export. The first train in Malaysia to take its schedule was on June 1 1885.

By 1900, an English language school, a newspaper, and the Perak Museum (the oldest in Malaysia) had been established. Although Taiping's economy declined with the dwindling tin deposits, the metal still remains an important industry in the area as do rubber and rice.

Taiping is also famous in Malaysia as having many firsts, including the following: Open tin mining activity in the peninsula (1844); Hill resort - Maxwell Hill (1844); Magistrate court (1874); Resident's house (1877); Port - Port Weld (1877); Police force (1879); Government offices (1879); Post and telegraph office (1880); Lake gardens - Taiping Lake Gardens (1880); General Hospital (1880); Railway station and warehouse (1881); Museum - Perak Museum (1883); Prison - Taiping Gaol (1885); Newspapers: Malay - Seri Perak (June 1893), English - Perak Pioneer (July 4, 1894), Tamil - Perak Verthamani (1894); Airfield - Tekah Airport (1930); Library - Perpustakaan Merdeka; and Fire brigade.

Text adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, July 22nd 2009)


4: Ipoh

Tua Pek Kong and Kuan Yin Temple, Ping Sien (114)

Investiture of the Gods Reliefs, Ping Sien, Malaysia

Cave Temples (65)

Enlightened Heart Tibetan Temple (17)



The name Ipoh derives from a local tree, pohon epu or now more commonly known as pokok ipoh. The sap of this plant is poisonous and was used by Orang Asli (indigenous people) to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes.

Ipoh city came into existence in the 1820s as a village on the banks of the Kinta River. It was less prominent at that time as compared to the early mining town of Gopeng, 20 km south of Ipoh. In 1890 Swettenham put forth the founding of Ipoh Sanitary Board which led to systematic planning of Ipoh, which is still seen today.

Its geographic location in the rich tin-bearing valley of the Kinta River made it a natural centre of growth. It grew rapidly as a mining town, especially in the 1920s and 1930s. It was invaded by the Japanese on 15 December 1941, and during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, Ipoh was made the capital of Perak, in place of Taiping.

With the collapse of tin prices and the closure of the tin mines in the late 1970s, Ipoh's growth had stagnated which has resulted in the migration of many young talents to other parts of Malaysia (particularly metropolitan areas such as Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore. Ipoh has since been known colloquially as a dead city and earned a reputation as a good location for retirement. Various efforts have been made to redevelop Ipoh into a modern town. The city is still expanding in the suburbs.

The grave of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader, Arthur Stewart King Scarf VC, is located in this cemetery. He was one of the first RAF fatalities in Malaya and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Text adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, July 22nd 2009)


5: Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves (72)

Verses from the Tirukkurul (16)

Royal Wat Chetawan, Kuala Lumpur (14)

Sinhalese Cemetery in Kuala Lumpur (11)


6: Pahang

Scenery from the Cameron Highlands (35)

Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi, Brinchang (47)

Pahang Buddhist Association Temple, Kuantan (29)

Stories of the Eighteen Arhats (18)




7: Tumpat and Pasir Mas, Kelantan

Wat Uttamaram (20)

Wat Maisuwankiri (Dragon Boat Temple) (42)

Wood Carvings at Wat Maisuwankiri (19)

Friezes at Wat Machimaram (16)

Wat Phothivihan (16)


Tumpat Map

Tumpat is a town and a district in Kelantan, Malaysia, situated at the end of the East Coast Line train line operated by Malayan Railways which links Kelantan to the western part of Peninsular Malaysia. Its strategic location makes it the transportation hub of Kelantan.

Tumpat town is approximately 15 km from the state capital, Kota Bharu. It is on the border with Thailand and is home to many Thai Malaysian who live in the area. It has some of the most famous Buddhist temples in Malaysia, and is home to the longest reclining Buddha as well as the tallest standing Buddha in the country.

Many of the temples claim to be quite old, some as much as 400 years old, but this seems to be unverifiable now as most of the old buildings have already been replaced, and there appears to be no old artifacts to verify the claims.

Adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, March 30th 2011)



Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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