Kota Ngah Ibrahim is a historical complex at Matang, about 6km from Taiping town. Built in 1870, it was formerly the fort of a local warlord during the colonial era, then turned into a court, college and school in subsequent order before its present state as a museum today. During the war, it was temporarily a strategic operations center for the Japanese forces. Around the complex, visitors can explore remains of the old fort, including its walls, wells and tomb of the original owner, Ngah Ibrahim. Inside the bungalow, artifacts and exhibits pertaining to (Larut) district history, including local culture, tin mining, civil wars and pre-independence miscellany.
How to Go: Follow Jalan Taiping-Kuala Sepetang (route 74) from town, which eventually meets a sharp bend along the road at the 5km mark; the historical complex sits at this corner facing the surrounding villages.