Landmarks of Perak records the richness and diversity of Perak’s architectural fabric, guiding the reader through a kaleidoscopic range or buildings that reﬂects the State’s compelling history as well as the diverse origins and tastes of its population.
Structures depicted in the book include palaces, mosques, schools, temples, churches, memorials, government offices, banks, shophouses, bridges and even private residences. More than 160 landmarks are featured, from each of the State’s nine districts, with particular attention given to the States historic urban centres.
Over 400 specially commissioned watercolour paintings and sketched details by three leading Malaysian artists are reproduced in the book. The opening chapter introduces the State’s main architectural and historical themes, and, together with the in-depth commentaries on every landmark, provides a highly readable narrative of Perak’s architectural heritage and of the men and women who created it.
About the people behind Landmarks of Perak
A Kasim Abas: A documentary artist, recording the cultures of Malaysia. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. His illustrations were recently featured in Sarawak Sketchbook.
Chin Kon Yit: One of Malaysia’s most eminent watercolour artists, and illustrator of several books, including Kuala Lumpur: A Sketchbook, Penang Sketchbook, and Landmarks of Selangor. His work has been the subject of nine solo art exhibitions.
Chang Huai-yan: A trained architect and landscape architect, with a special interest in sketching details of regional architecture. His drawings have appeared in Tropical Garden Design and Architecture of Bali.
Chen Voon Fee: An architect and one of the founding members of Badan Warisan (Heritage of Malaysia Trust). He is the author of Kuala Lumpur: A Sketchbook, Penang Sketchbook, and Landmarks of Selangor.