Concubine Lane
Concubine Lane
3.5
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As the name suggests, a famous tycoon gifted this lane to one of his concubines over a hundred years ago. While the area used to be rife with vices, today it is teeming with famous Ipoh eateries and coffee shops, cool cafes, and dessert houses. It has also been given a modern makeover by street artists, who have painted walls murals that capture the area's history. They're great photo spots, too. The lane gets quite busy on the weekends—visit on weekday mornings when it’s quieter but note that some stalls might be closed. If you stay till night, you can see the lanterns come on and illuminate the lane in red. – Tripadvisor
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  • Ian A
    Penang Island, Malaysia69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Similar to parts of Georgetown (Penang), but on a smaller scale! Once is enough!
    A quirky little stumble! Ipoh is one of those places that might not crop up on the SE-Asia worldly-traveler places to visit, but it definitely has a few places that make for a neat stop for a few hours. Concubine Lane is one of those such places. It is fairly busy, but the hustle and bustle seem to give it a bit of charm that make weaving in and out of various stores, offering souvenirs, some tasty treats and a variety of experiences, a pleasant way to spend half an hour or so. If you had a limited time in the area, or were looking for the best things to do in Malaysia, you wouldn't really venture to Ipoh and so you wouldn't make it to Concubine Lane, but if you live within a few hours and want to see somewhere a bit different that is similar to Georgetown, Penang, but with much less tourists, then it's worth a stop. We spent a couple of hours in Ipoh in between Penang and The Cameron Highlands. Concubine Lane added to the experience, but we are unlikely to venture this way a second time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Vthc4
    Singapore, Singapore319 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short street that is not very interesting
    While the 2nd Concubine lane is worth a visit for first timers, it has little to attract a repeat visit. It’s short and narrow. One hardly notices the history of the street while browsing to the vendors there. However, there is a good coconut refreshment shop selling coconut water, shake and ice cream that is worth visiting to rest one’s tired feet. Plenty of eateries within a stone’s throw from the 2nd Concubine lane.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Rachel_PRL
    Singapore, Singapore1,161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great photo spots
    A small sign of Concubines Lane at the entrance of the lane. Inside the lane, there are many shops, stores etc with exorbitant prices. You can find the same stuffs elsewhere for cheaper prices. Honestly this place looks pretty normal but came out extremely well in the photos. Best to visit early in the day to avoid tourists crowds
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,458 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy alley
    This is perhaps the most hyped-up attraction in Ipoh. Concubine Lane was the symbol of urban vice. While brothels and gambling dens were things of the past, the small alley is now a collection of touristy eateries and overpriced souvenir stores. It is more a place for domestic tourists.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2024
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Anand1351
Singapore, Singapore2,745 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You go there because everyone go lol, a small congested lane with some interesting shops though.
We bought some authentic Chinese tea from a shop there and some Ipoh magnet.
Vibrant place.
Written 28 February 2024
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
After a hefty meal at Canning Dim Sum, Yus & I decided to visit the Concubine Lane as it’s one of the top tourist spots in Ipoh. It was really difficult to find parking, especially on a Friday afternoon. However, we found one but it was far from our destination. Thereafter, we headed on foot & asked the locals how to get to Concubine Lane.

Oddly enough, some of them don’t even know where it is. In actual fact, Concubine Lanes is an area comprising 3 separate lanes that are within walking distance to one another. Wife Lane is known as “Lorong Hale”, Concubine Lane as “Lorong Panglima” & Second Concubine Lane as “Market Lane.”

Concubine Lane is the most popular amongst the 3. We saw a mural of a man & a woman drinking tea at the famous Wong Koh Kee Restaurant, the oldest shop on the street that sells stir-fried dishes, steamed fish or roast pork. Apparently, 8 of the street art murals were painted by renowned artist Ernest Zacharevic, the Lithuanian Penang-based public artist who became famous by painting a series of murals in Penang.

There were many cafes & interesting street food along the road as well. Some were selling crispy baby crab, Tanghulu which is a traditional Chinese snack from the South Song Dynasty & Jelly Balls, a sweet dessert stacked on a stick.

If you’re looking for souvenirs to bring back home, chances are you will be pleasantly surprised with what Concubine Lane has to offer. There are probably more than 20 souvenir shops to choose from! I bought a new boardgame which tries to ascertain what your friends really think of you. I’m sure the game will start a few arguments between us. There was also an Adult card game which I thought was a hoot & funny. Yus gifted me with a wooden crafted keychain that bore my name. Apparently, Concubine Lane has the best wood crafting works of art.

If my memory serves me right, we saw 2 museums. One had a huge dinosaur prop at the entrance to capture people’s attention. Another was a 2-storey space that depicted old items found in a local house in the past. However, we didn’t enter both museums.

The Second Concubine Lane or Market Lane is similar to Concubine Lane. However, it has fewer shops & more murals. The most eye-catching thing about the street was the rainbow-coloured papers which were hung from the walls above the shops. Gone were the umbrellas which adorned the street in the past. The 1st mural was of a couple in a coffee shop being served food by a staff. The 2nd was of 2 men. One was sitting down with a bowl to his mouth while the 2nd man was carrying a large pot. The 3rd mural was of 3 children jumping with joy. The 4th was an old lady stirring soya milk while a young boy was squatting on a bench.

As we walked further, we uncovered more works of art on the road. One was the popular Snake & Ladder game & the other was my favourite computer game called Pacman.

In short, it’s best to visit Concubine Lane in the morning when it’s less crowded. You will be able to check out the shops & eateries comfortably & won’t have to queue up long to take photos with the creative murals. Most shops close at 6:00 pm & the place will be deserted by 8:00 pm.

This is one place that everyone should visit as it was voted as one of the top destinations in Perak.
Written 14 February 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,458 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is perhaps the most hyped-up attraction in Ipoh. Concubine Lane was the symbol of urban vice. While brothels and gambling dens were things of the past, the small alley is now a collection of touristy eateries and overpriced souvenir stores. It is more a place for domestic tourists.
Written 21 January 2024
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Rachel_PRL
Singapore, Singapore1,161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A small sign of Concubines Lane at the entrance of the lane. Inside the lane, there are many shops, stores etc with exorbitant prices. You can find the same stuffs elsewhere for cheaper prices. Honestly this place looks pretty normal but came out extremely well in the photos. Best to visit early in the day to avoid tourists crowds
Written 27 December 2023
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Luke V
Huntingdon, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It is worth using this as a starting point to walk around old town. The lane itself is a tourist trap but the surrounding area is nice.
Written 18 December 2023
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chengmmm
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Over rated tourist attraction. Things were pricey and nothing special. $15 ringgit for a small cup of durian ice-cream.
Written 25 August 2023
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John C
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Interesting history but as an experience VERY underwhelming. Not sure what all the fuss is about. Lots of the same old tourists trapping vendors which are not cheap.
Written 22 July 2023
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N0blesse0blige
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
BEWARE of the fresh watermelon juice vendor in Concubine Lane. We were naive and did not ask the price for the watermelon juice at this stall. I had just purchased coconut water across the lane for $7 ringgits so did was anticipating that the juice at this stall would be around the same price or at the very highest, no more than double ($14 or $15 ringgits). When the juice was made and it was time to pay, we were told it was $30 ringgits!!!

I believe the vendors were aware we were foreigners and perhaps quoted a much higher price. I have friends and relatives in Malaysia and they confirmed that the price was outrageous and unheard of. Long story short - inquire about the price prior to purchasing from this stall!

The lane itself is quaint and takes up a block with typical tourist vendors.
Written 10 July 2023
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Vthc4
Singapore, Singapore319 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
While the 2nd Concubine lane is worth a visit for first timers, it has little to attract a repeat visit. It’s short and narrow. One hardly notices the history of the street while browsing to the vendors there. However, there is a good coconut refreshment shop selling coconut water, shake and ice cream that is worth visiting to rest one’s tired feet. Plenty of eateries within a stone’s throw from the 2nd Concubine lane.
Written 1 June 2023
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Ian A
Penang Island, Malaysia69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A quirky little stumble! Ipoh is one of those places that might not crop up on the SE-Asia worldly-traveler places to visit, but it definitely has a few places that make for a neat stop for a few hours. Concubine Lane is one of those such places. It is fairly busy, but the hustle and bustle seem to give it a bit of charm that make weaving in and out of various stores, offering souvenirs, some tasty treats and a variety of experiences, a pleasant way to spend half an hour or so. If you had a limited time in the area, or were looking for the best things to do in Malaysia, you wouldn't really venture to Ipoh and so you wouldn't make it to Concubine Lane, but if you live within a few hours and want to see somewhere a bit different that is similar to Georgetown, Penang, but with much less tourists, then it's worth a stop.

We spent a couple of hours in Ipoh in between Penang and The Cameron Highlands. Concubine Lane added to the experience, but we are unlikely to venture this way a second time.
Written 9 April 2023
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