Top 11 Gopeng Attractions (2021)

Gopeng is a peaceful town in Kampar district, about 30 minutes south of Ipoh and 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur by car. It is easily the best destination for anyone seeking to jump, swim, trek, or kayak into an adventure because it is framed by spectacular limestone crags, rivers, and caverns!
Its ancient rainforests are also home to the indigenous Semai tribe, as well as a myriad of flora and fauna including the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, and the rare Rajah Brooke Butterfly.

1. Waterfall Abseiling at Ulu Geruntum

Get a firm grip as you abseil down a waterfall! This is an action-packed pastime where you descend vertically downward along a mountain with a double rope coiled around your body, similar to how firefighters do it. At first, it’s nerve-wracking, but there are professionals on hand to assist you, and after some time, the activity gets easier. You may easily picture yourself as Lara Croft or Indiana Jones conquering nature in the wilds while abseiling down the rocks!

2. Gua Tempurung

The limestone caves of Perak are quite beautiful, and Gua Tempurung is among the most magnificent. It’s about 400 million years old, with 5 caverns containing a variety of stalagmites and stalactites. You may even still be able to view some of the Communist graffiti left by them during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960!

3. Gua Kandu

Gua Kandu is a large cave located in the state of Kelantan, Malaysia. It is the seventh-longest cave in Peninsular Malaysia at 11 kilometers long. Malaysian Nature Society also included it on its list of the top ten most important karst conservation areas in Kinta.

Gua Kandu is famous for cave tours, including those for novices. There are several otherworldly delights inside, ranging from limestone curtain stalactites that shine in the light to rocks that resemble animals and ancient relics. The Lion’s Head is one of the well-known formations you may come across. It, like many other caves in Kinta Valley, also includes communist guerrilla graffiti – look for the red star!

4. Bukit Batu Putih

For hikers looking for a new challenge, there is Bukit Batu Putih. It’s not to be confused with Gunung Batu Putih at Port Dickson or Melaka’s Mount Batu Putih! With minimal challenges, Bukit Batu Putih is an easy and brief walk that will take you about 1.5 hours up and back, giving you great views of Gopeng.

5. Gaharu Tea Valley

Gaharu Tea Valley is an agarwood plantation perched at the northern reaches of Gopeng, which has since evolved into an agro-tourism destination. It is enclosed by what people affectionately refer to as the Great Wall of Gopeng, which protects nearly 200,000 endangered trees from intruders and wild animals.
Lover’s Park (a pair of intertwining trees that appear to be hugging each other), Tree Hugging Park (where you may hug trees with picturesque engravings) and Hilltop Viewing Stage are some of the main attractions. The Lover’s Park is located near the Hilltop Viewing Stage, while Tree Hugging Park is around the corner. You can buy gaharu seedlings and other items like tea, cookies, instant noodles, and fragrance oils.

6. Gopeng Museum

The Gopeng Museum’s exhibit traces the history of Gopeng through its tin mining golden era. There are over 300 antiques on display, which were used by generations of townspeople across the century. You’ll see old-fashioned sewing machines, timepieces, clocks, radios, gas lights, typewriters, cameras, gramophone records, and tin and rubber processing machinery among other things. It’s a nice little museum where you can learn about Gopeng’s past and culture.

7. Gopeng Heritage House

The Gopeng Heritage House has a touch of nostalgia for me. The Itek River is home to 13 heritage shophouses, one of which is a pink Baba Nyonya house that captures past memories. You can get a glimpse of a traditional barber shop, kopitiam, and other local activities under one roof thanks to meticulously maintained conditions in which even the original wood is utilized to restore it.

The Gopeng Heritage House is well worth a visit if you’re looking for something off the beaten path. There are lots of antique furniture, calligraphy paintings, and precious décor from the colorful middle-class lives in Gopeng in the 20th century. If you have children, they’ll most likely be unfamiliar with some of the items!

8. Eu Kong Street, Market Street (Jalan Pasar) & High Street (Jalan Tasek)

The remains of a bygone era may be seen throughout the streets around the Gopeng Museum. The old town centre in Gopeng, which served as the theatre and old market before being destroyed in a fire in 1186, is made up of these three historic streets. While most of the ancient shophouses were demolished in 1186, there are still several pre-war structures remaining today which visitors can check out after or before their trip to the Museum!

9. Gopeng Antique Kopitiam

Gopeng Antique Kopitiam is one of the few pre-war shop lots that was converted into an antique coffee shop. The most popular cafe is a trip back in time with timber walls and vintage decor, including marble-top tables and antique chairs. Western and Asian dishes such as Yue Guang Ho (Moon Light Koay Teow, with an egg poached in the middle), Sambal Fried Lao Shu Fen, Mixed Meat Platter, and Sweet and Sour Pork are available.

There are a lot of senior citizens in the community who enjoy going to the kopitiam to reminisce about old times over a cup of traditional Kopi-O. Conversing with them will surely help gather amazing stories of the past, stories that the town of Gopend is built on.

10. Perak State Herb Club (Taman Herba Negeri Perak)

Perak State Herb Club, located 15 minutes from the PLUS Simpang Pulai toll, is a public herb park with over 500 plant species. There are now three beautiful lakes in the region, which has been a part of some abandoned tin mining areas. It includes 8 herb gardens and a nursery that each have their own set of characteristics. Heritage herbs, therapeutic herbs, fragrant plants, ulam/salad plants, and cosmetic plants are among the categories of plants contained within the gardens.

11. Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory

Since before World War One, this small family-owned operation has been making soy sauce using its traditional method and recipe. The Lau family would be delighted to show you what’s in the huge earthen pots, which are used to store soybeans during the fermentation process, if you ask nicely! Purchase a bottle or two for around RM10 each.

Gopeng is, without a doubt, a small city which has several cultural attractions. While Gopeng was formerly an important tin mining region that attracted a large Chinese population, it’s these peoples traditions and stories which can be seen and are preserved in the historical pre-war structures dotted throughout the city!