Kuala Lipis

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Kuala Lipis
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 瓜拉立卑
Flag of Kuala Lipis
Kuala Lipis is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Kuala Lipis
Kuala Lipis
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Kuala Lipis is located in Malaysia
Kuala Lipis
Kuala Lipis
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 4°10.8′N 102°3′E / 4.1800°N 102.050°E / 4.1800; 102.050Coordinates: 4°10.8′N 102°3′E / 4.1800°N 102.050°E / 4.1800; 102.050
Country  Malaysia
State  Pahang
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,000
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 272xx
International dialling code prefix 09-3xx-xxxx
Vehicle registration plate prefix C
Website www.mdlipis.gov.my

Kuala Lipis is a town in Pahang, Malaysia with a population of 20,000. It is located in the district of Lipis.


Kuala Lipis was a gold-mining center before the British arrived in 1887. In 1898 it became the capital of Pahang until 1953.

During this time, grand colonial buildings, such as the imposing District Offices and the Clifford School, and the Pahang Club were built. The hilltop house of the British Resident is now a hotel and museum.

The town grew and prospered with the coming of the railway in 1924. However, in August 1955, the state capital was shifted to Kuantan, and Kuala Lipis fell into a decline. It is now a sleepy and picturesque town with reminders of a once important past.


Interesting Sites[edit]

  • Kuala Lipis old town.
  • Hilltop house of the British Resident.
  • Lipis District old Office.
  • Old railway station
  • Clifford School.
  • Rumah Banjir.
  • Pahang club.
  • Lipis Zoo.
  • Sungai Jelai.
  • Kuala Lipis new town.
  • Lipis District new Office.
  • Muzium Warisan Lipis.
  • Hilltop house of Bukit Bius.
  • Hutan Lipur Terenggun


From Kuala Lipis you can go to Kenong Rimba Park, which is about 10 km away. It is a forest reserve, accessible by train or boat. It is a good place for trekking and caving. From the town, you can take a bus or cab for 30 minutes journey to Tanjung Kiara Jetty. From here you can either walk (trekking) for about one and half hour to base camp or take a 4-wheel drive for only 20 minutes.


Public transport[edit]

A train station operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) is located near Jalan Pekeliling which is the main road of Kuala Lipis.


Kuala Lipis is accessble by highway 8, the main route from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu. It is also connected to Jerantut, the main gateway to Taman Negara, via route 234. Kuala Lipis is also a major gateway to the hill station of Cameron Highlands via Sungai Koyan using routes 235 and then 102.

Notable Personalities[edit]

  • The current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak was born in Kuala Lipis. On Dec 28 2014 Najib Tun Razak visited the flood evacuation centre at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Clifford amidst flood-affected areas.[1]
  • TUN Ghazali Shafie was born in Kuala Lipis.
  • Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza was also born here. Her family still lives in Kuala Lipis and the house she built for them became the talk of town as it was rumoured to cost millions of ringgit. It has now become a tourist attraction. The town council even provided directions to the house on a signboard and made parking space for tour buses available near the house. During her wedding in 2007, her wedding reception for friends and fans here was made an official function for the whole town by the council.


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