A man-made cultural village with antique and vintage displays that bring back memories from the good ol’days.
Ah, nature – a perfect spot to escape from the tiring hectic schedule and rejuvenate yourself, don’t you think?
Just a 20-minute drive from Ipoh old town, there’s a hidden gem sandwiched between the two famous cave temples of Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong. Secluded from the busy city, Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village is one of Ipoh’s tourist attractions you must not miss.
Literally translates to English as “Serene Hill”, Qing Xin Ling lives up to its name by trying to incorporate the beauty of natural environment with nostalgic memories, making it a place worth visiting.
A heads-up – be sure to get your ticket at Syarikat Perabot Kota first before heading to Qing Xin Ling or else you will be disappointed to find out that the ticket is not sold at the entrance.
Getting to Qing Xin Ling can be confusing because there is no explicit signage that says ‘Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village’ (we were lost and went to the temple next to it). To get there, you have to drive through the residential area of Taman Saikat. The roads can be narrow as it’s a pretty small neighbourhood.
Just in case, here’s a picture of the place. When you see this, you know you’re at the right place.
There are plenty of activities you can do here – bicycle riding, fish feeding, barbeque, campfire etc. But it’s photo opportunity that you’d want to look forward to, especially if you have a penchant for vintage aesthetics.
Riding a bicycle is fun, but walking would be a better option as the paths are gravelly and some areas are off-limits to bicycles anyway.
Since there is plenty to see, here are some spots that you shouldn’t miss out:
1. God of Fortune and Wish Tree
From the entrance, walk straight and you’ll be greeted by an oversized statue of God of Fortune standing under the shade of a huge tree. The branches are dripping-full with red ribbon strips bearing the all the good wishes from the visitors.
2. Classic Vintage Items
Just behind the Wish Tree is a small cottage where you can see a bunch of antique collections like old radio, vinyl record player, and an old-school jukebox.
3. 3D Replica
Along the way, you will come across a series of 3D replica artwork that portrays a certain scene from the old days.
6. Cultural Village
Keep walking up the winding uphill path paved with stones where more kiosks and old shops await. Previously, it was a trail for jungle trekking and now it has turned into a stretch of an ancient village that resembles a scenario from the 80’s.
7. Romantic Chalets
This one is a little bit different though. A romantic cabin (that’s what they write in the hand-drawn map) with a French Windmill at the side.
8. Last but not least – the nature.
Let’s not forget to enjoy the essential part of the place – its lush green lake surrounded by limestone hills.
All in all, Qing Xin Ling experience is quirky in some way; probably a little bit messy. However, the whole journey of up and down the hill is certainly a reviving one – and definitely will feed your Instagram for a few weeks.
Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village
22A Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Operating hours: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Entrance fee: RM10/person
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