Jul 25, 2011

Teluk Intan's Leaning Clock Tower

Teluk Intan's Leaning Clock Tower is a crowd puller for this small town in Perak. You definitely want to view this famous icon if you drop by this place. Make a detour to this small town when you are making your way to Pulau Pangkor and explore the charms of this little town in Perak!

Lighting up Teluk Intan’s leaning pride
By Anthony Law
Tuesday July 19, 2011

A crowd-puller: The leaning clock tower of Teluk Intan.
A crowd-puller: The leaning clock tower of Teluk Intan.

THE iconic leaning tower of Teluk Intan, which is popular among visitors by day to this coastal town, has found a new niche by night – thanks to the local municipal council thatlighted up the clock tower.

This 25.5 m pagoda structure is decorated with red, blue, yellow, orange, purple and green lights that gradually change colours at intervals, making it a majestic sight in the middle of the town at dusk.

The locals and visitors are flocking to the town square, surrounded by Jalan Pasar, Jalan Ah Cheong, Jalan Bandar and Jalan Selat, nightly to see the beautiful displayof lights.

Municipal councillor Kong Sun Chin said they spent RM200,000 at the beginning of this year to fix the lightings at the tower and transform it into a popular recreational spot at night.

He said there are plans to add "sound effect" to the tower to accompany the lightings when the council has more funds to improve the facilities there.

Unique setting: The clock tower is a favourite spot for wedding photo shooting scene.
Unique setting: The clock tower is a favourite spot for wedding photo shooting scene.

The lights at the tower are switched on from 7pm onwards but would be turned off at midnight daily.

Businessman Francis Xavier said the lighting had brightened up the square, giving it a new lease of life, especially to the businesses surrounding the area at night.

The council staff in charge of the clock tower, Hisham Sahak, said they received an average of 400 people visiting the tower daily but that more came on weekends and public holidays.

He said many of those visiting the old tower were mainly from Kuala Lumpur and foreigners.

"The visitors are amazed by the builder who used the traditional construction skills from China to build the tower which has three levels."

Builder Leong Choon Chong built the tower in 1885. It was originally constructed as a covered water tank to serve residents of Teluk Intan.

The building started to tilt northwest four years later due to the soft ground.

However, despite the tilting, it still stands strong and safe today.

This spectacular leaning clock tower is the pride of Teluk Intan. Aside from attracting visitors, it is also a common sight to see newly weds taking pictures with the town’s famous landmark in the background. -- StarMetro