Gopeng is a town situated in Kampar District, in the state of Perak, near Simpang Pulai and Kampar. The population in Gopeng is around 2,493 in 2010. Gopeng has its beginnings just as many villages in Perak have back in the 1800s when tin was discovered nearby within the village itself, in tandem with plantations of rubber trees due to the demand for more natural rubber sheets due to massive industrialization happening worldwide.
Gopeng lies practically next to the major North – South Expressway (AH2) which allows one to traverse easily via tolled highways to the northern states of Kedah, Penang, Terengganu, and into Thailand. The other direction, to the south, would be through the middle and southern states of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Melaka, Johor and finally at the border of Singapore. If one goes south down Federal Route 1, there’s towns like Jeram, Kampar, Mambang, Tapah, Langkap, Bidor, and finally Teluk Intan and Sungkai. Towns northwards of Federal Route 1 include Simpang Pulai, and a traveller will eventually arrive in Ipoh town. The nearest airport, Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, is merely 24 minutes’ drive away.
Families and friends staying at Gopeng are blessed with many greenery and small lakes nearby, where they can take a leisurely walk and talk to relax and grow closer, while enjoying the tranquility of nature. On the other hand, among the wild and exciting activities that one can do in and nearby Gopeng, are the white water rafting on the Kampar river, waterfall abseilng at Ulu Geruntum, caving at Gua Tempurung and Gua Kandu, For those who want dryer sports, there’s hiking at Bukit Batu Putih, and visiting the popular agro-tourism destination of the Gaharu Tea Valley which is famous for its agarwood plantation. Another educational stop would be the Perak State Herb Club, where there are eight herb gardens, set within an attractive green area with three lakes. In terms of sports, there’s the Gelanggang Takraw Kg Chulek.
Families in Gopeng who enjoy good home cooked meals will find it is very easy to get groceries from the various supermarkets and food suppliers nearby. These include Pasaraya Ku, Chop Chee Seng, grocery store, NF Eco Mart, and Zimma Mini Market. The typical all-purpose stores like 99 Speedmart, 7-Eleven, and Mydin make it convenient for residents in Gopeng to get supplies. Shopping outlets also include big chains such as Giant and The Store. More bargains could be found in the Brecham Night Market, and Taman Putra’s Night Market.
Gopeng is famous for local foods of Yue Guang Ho (Moonlight Koay Teow), Sambal Fried Lao Shu Fen, Mixed Meat Platter, and Sweet and Sour Pork. These delicacies can be found at the many restored pre-war style buildings from the previous centuries, such as the Gopeng Antique Kopitiam, Heritage Town Café, and Koo Fung Bistro. More culinary delights can be found in modern malls like the Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket RTC Perak, Tesco, AEON Midtown Falim Shopping Centre, and Pengkalan Emas Mall.
As children’s education is very essential, families staying in Gopeng will find many choices nearby for their children. The nearby preschools and kindergarten include the Budding House Preschool, and Pra Sekolah Al Ihsan. National schools include the SJK( C ) Man Ming, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Teja, National School Bakap, Fairview International School Ipoh, and Westlake International School. Universities include the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Teknologi Mara Kampus Ipoh, Open University Malaysia, and Wawasan Open University.
Development in Gopeng is still happening, especially in the eco-tourism and agricultural sector, and surely infrasturcture and properties such as hotels and housing will follow closely. Therefore work will still be available for the residents of Gopeng.
Residential properties in Gopeng are a mix of both freehold and leasehold. As Gopeng is still considered a sleepy green pasture with many hidden fields of treasures, awaiting for more development and business ventures, which explains the low median price psf of MYR 143, and a median price of MYR 130,000 for landed residential housing. With that in mind, this area is expected to grow in the very near future. Interesting upcoming projects worth checking out in the area include Residensi Kampar, Taman Damai, Uni Suites, Taman Gopeng, and Taman Kinta.
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