New heritage trail and book launched in Ipoh

Chan giving a presentation on her book Road to Revolution: Dr Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh.

A SPECIAL heritage trail in Ipoh to show the support network for Chinese revolutionary Dr Sun Yat Sen has been mapped out.

The trail connects 25 locations that Sun visited when he was in Ipoh in 1906 and 1908 to campaign for support to overthrow the Qing dynasty in China.

The locations include the Perak Tong or Perak Cave on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (formerly Jalan Kuala Kangsar), Lok Lum Club on Jalan Sultan Nazrin Shah, Kong Heng Coffeeshop (formerly the Dramatists’ Hostel), and SM Yuk Choy.

A map of the locations can be found in Chan Sue Meng’s book Road to Revolution: Dr Sun Yat Sen and his comrades in Ipoh, which was launched at Sarang Paloh event venue in Ipoh last Saturday.

The launch’s guest of honour Perak State Executive Councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon congratulated Chan, whose great-great-grandfather Lee Guan Swee was a staunch supporter of Sun, for her efforts to come up with the book and map.

“I think it’s a timely effort to launch the book in Ipoh, with next year being Visit Perak Year.

“Ipoh has been listed by Lonely Planet as a top-10 Asian destinations to visit while the state is also listed at number nine by the popular travel guide publisher as one of the best places to visit next year,” he said.

“I hope the special trail will boost tourism in the state,” he added.

Dr Mah said the historical aspects of the trail will add more colour to the city and educate visitors about how the people of Ipoh and Perak contributed to Sun’s cause to end the Qing dynasty and shape modern China.

“Many of Ipoh’s residents are familiar with some of the shops, buildings and roads in the city that are listed in the book.

“I hope visitors will take time to travel around Ipoh and vist the heritage buildings and other places of interest, especially those related to Sun’s struggle,” he said.

Also present during the launch were Perak Heritage Society President Mohd Taib Mohamed and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Curator Dr Tan Teng Phee from Singapore. Perak Heritage Society former president Law Siak Hong said visitors interested in the trail can obtain the book from his society.

“It’s a simple guide that tourists can follow and explore on their own,” said Law, who helped Chan with the book.

“The book is available in both Chinese and English but stocks are limited,” he added. For more information, call 017-506 1875 (Law) or email

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