Teluk Intan (formerly known as Teluk Anson) is a city in Perak, Malaysia. It is the district capital and largest town in Hilir Perak district and third largest town in the state of Perak with an estimated population of around 120,000, about half of Hilir Perak district's total population (232,900). It is the center of Hilir Perak district and the third largest town of Perak state. Although the name means "Diamond Bay", the town is not located near a bay. It is founded around the oxbow meander of the Perak River, making the town look like near a bay. The locals believe that in the future, the river’s flow will erode the narrow neck of the land between the loops of the meander and turn the town into an island.
The name of Mak Intan Teluk was taken from a widow who was said to be very beautiful, known as Mak Intan. She was a merchant from Mandahiling, Sumatra and also was a settler who opened Teluk Intan around the early 19th century. At that time, the area explored by Mak Intan was known as Mak Intan Town. Following this exploration, the people across Java, Rawa, Mandahiling, Minangkabau, Kampar and then India-Bombay came to live in the newly discovered area. Most of them were farmers and merchants of traditional goods such as spices, metal products and so on. Effective January 1 in 1982, the city changed its name from Anson Bay to Teluk Intan.
If you are traveling by air, nearest airport is the Penang International Airport (IATA: PEN, ICAO: WMKP) is an international airport, which located in Bayan Lepas, Penang. The airport is located about 3 hours from Teluk Intan. Alternatively, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Terminal 1 and 2, both located about 3 hours from Teluk Intan.
One of the town attractions is a Leaning Tower erected in 1885 by a Chinese builder, Mr. Leong Choon Cheong. It started to tilt four years after its construction finished due to an underground stream. The tower was originally used as a water tower supplying the area of the town. It had a clock at the top, which still rings every 15 minutes. The tower also served as a beacon to guide ships into Teluk Intan Port. Currently it is a local tourist attraction, and no longer stores water. The area around the tower was paved with bricks and became a plaza. The main street at the centre of Teluk Intan, Jalan Ah Cheong, is named after Leong Choon Cheong to commemorate his contribution.
There is also a famous temple complex in Teluk Intan, known as Hock Soon Keong (Hock Soon Temple) dedicated to Mazu. The origins of the temple are unknown, while the main temple building (not the original one) was constructed in 1883, as indicated by a legend painted on the building. Hock Soon Temple was the centrepoint of all Hokkien Chinese in Teluk Intan during the British colonial era. The local Hokkien people would congregate at the temple to solve all problems, from giving aid to the poor to solving fights between clans. The local Hokkien people used to select three local Hokkiens, usually businessmen and famous men to settle their problems. The temple was built with Southern Chinese architecture, the most notable feature being the beautifully decorated upturned eaves. There is also a century old mosque just opposite the temple, which is frequently mentioned as a typical depiction of religious harmony in Malaysia.
This palace was once the official residence of The Raja Muda of Perak. After the demise of the Raja Muda, the palace was neglected, and drug addicts used and stripped the building. Some people believe the remains of the palace to be haunted. It is illegal to enter the grounds without permission, because it is the property of the Sultan of Perak. The ruin is located next to the mansion of Dato. Mah, near Jalan Sekolah.
Another attraction is the 'Batu Tenggek' (Sitting Boulder) which is situated at a junction in the town centre. There is a local legend that the rock was placed there by a British soldier, and was originally the size of a matchbox but grew bigger over the years. The boulder is now part of a war memorial commemorating the dead of World War I.