Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town

Ipoh, with its heritage buildings and coffee shops, has retained much of its colonial charm. Hale Lane, Panglima Lane and Market Lane – previously known as the First, Second and Third Concubine Lanes – were part of the more colourful side of the city. Prior to the Japanese occupation of the country (1941-1945), brothels, gaming houses and opium dens prospered in the area.

The following paintings share snapshots of the current scenes from Concubine Lane, including the popular Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, and Big John’s Music Shack.

Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 56 x 38 cm. Date: May 2015.

Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 56 x 38 cm. Date: May 2015.

 

Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 38 x 56 cm. Date: January 2015. Sold to a private collector in the UK in January 2015.

Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 38 x 56 cm. Date: January 2015. Sold to a private collector in the UK in January 2015.

 

Big John Music Shack, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 56 x 38 cm. Date: June 2015.

Big John’s Music Shack, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town. Size: 56 x 38 cm. Date: June 2015.

 

Size: 56 x 76 cm. Date: Feb 2015.

Residents bath their pet songbirds in the morning, then put them out in the sun to dry, while foreign visitors look on with interest. Size: 56 x 76 cm. Date: Feb 2015.

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