Bercham

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Bercham (Chinese: 巴占) is a suburb of Ipoh next to the North-South Expressway in Perak, Malaysia. It is located between the Ipoh South Interchange of North-South Expressway and Ipoh city. It is near Ipoh Garden, Tasek, Tambun and Tanjung Rambutan. There are a number of housing estates in Bercham. Bercham began as a tin mining town but later evolved to its present status when the tin deposits dwindled. It covers 8,877 hectares of which 56% of the land is utilized for housing, industry and agriculture. As at 2009, the population of Bercham was 150,000 [1] that would be about 20% of the Ipoh's population of 702,464 in the same year.[2]

A short drive to the end of the town near to Taman Ramai, lies two unexplored tourist attractions - Gunung Bercham (Kuan Yin Hill) and a Thai Buddhist temple. The temple existed as a shed some 15 years ago and the founder is a woman called Wan Yee, the caretaker of the temple. In 1990 the cashier of the temple Ting Cheong Meng was given the authority to rebuild the place. A hill track was built on the slope of Kuan Yin Hill allowed visitors to climb up to the hill top where offers the amazing skyline view of Bercham and Tasek.

Bercham had two other small hills, including the Gunung Tambun Tengah (at Bercham Heights) which is the largest and tallest hill in Bercham, known to host a number of interesting wildlife including the red junglefowl, dusky langur, white-rumped shama, blue rock-thrush, bat hawk, Tickell's blue flycatcher, owls, squirrels, eagles, etc. Some temples are located here, such as the Huat Tian Keong temple (法天宫仙洞) and the Sukhavana Meditation Monastery. Another small hill, the Gunung Temlang (located near Bandar Baru Putra) is being mined and only half of the hill is present today.

Bercham police station is the winner of best practices in police stations, scored highest among the participating stations from Malaysia, Pakistan, India and South Korea. It shows that Bercham police station is the best in the community orientation, physical conditions, equal treatment, transparency and accountability and detention conditions categories. This programme was surveyed by The Hague-based Altus Global Alliance.[3]

Gardens[edit]

  • Kampung Baru Bercham
  • Taman Ramai
  • Taman Mujur
  • Taman Restu
  • Anjung Bercham Megah
  • Taman Bercham Cahaya
  • Taman Desa Kencana
  • Taman Utama
  • Taman Bercham Raya
  • Taman Medan Bercham
  • Taman Pakatan
  • Taman Pakatan Jaya
  • Taman Mewah
  • Gerbang Bercham Selamat
  • Anjung Bercham Elit
  • Taman Seri Dermawan
  • Taman Seri Gaya
  • Taman Ria
  • Taman Tasek Indra
  • Kampung Tersusun Tasek
  • Taman Bercham Idaman
  • Taman Sri Kurau
  • Taman Shukur
  • Taman Bercham Permai @ Ridgewood

Popular food[edit]

Schools[edit]

Foodcourt[edit]

  • Restaurant Golden Point

Shopping complexes[edit]

  • Glamour Square (beside Restaurant Golden Point)
  • Tesco Extra, Ipoh (located at Taman Tasek Indra)
  • Giant, Bercham (located at Taman Bercham Bestari)

References[edit]

Coordinates: 04°38′30″N 101°07′40″E / 4.64167°N 101.12778°E / 4.64167; 101.12778