Once the administrative center of Perak state during colonial days, Taiping has its fair share of heritage buildings and landmarks left behind by the British. These include district offices, mansions, schools, club houses and parks, scattered around different parts of town. Many of these structures were historic 'firsts' in Malaysia, including the first hill station (Bukit Larut), Lake Garden, English school, swimming pool, railway station and clock tower. As the town is small, it's more than possible to just walk around and explore all the heritage sights within a day, learning much about Taiping's colourful history in the process.