I had been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Now, I can claim visit the world 2nd leaning tower in our very own country in Teluk Intan. I tried googling to find out if there are more leaning towers in the world but the searches only bring up the one in Pisa, Italy.
Frankly, the way I see it, leaning towers are due to poor architecture and if it happens in this age, it probably spelt the demise of the persons in charge. But somehow, these two leaning towers, especially the one in Pisa, had turned into symbolic landmarks.
We were suppose to travel from KL to Penang few days ago and so happened found a feature on Teluk Intan in The Star paper that morning. So, armed with the newspaper cuttings, we went hunting for Teluk Intan. It is way out of the North-South Highway. Use the Bidor exit and good luck in not getting lost.
From far, one can see this pagoda like building standing in the middle of the townsquare. Too bad that there was some event going on and there were canopies around the leaning tower. It spoils the whole scene, isn’t it?
In case you wonder why there are so many Chinese features in the architecture, it is because the leaning tower was built by a Chinese and according to historical records, it is to enhance feng-shui. Now, you know why we have a Chinese pagoda tower.
You can find plenty of websites detailing the history of Teluk Intan. So, I shall not provide anymore info about that. But from what I read, Teluk Intan was originally named Teluk Intan, named after Mak Intan, a widow. Later on, the English changed it to Teluk Anson and few years back, the Malaysian Government changed it to Teluk Intan again.
There are goodies from Teluk Intan like its chee cheong fun and hneoh pneah that one ought to get a taste of.
After comparing my Pisa leaning tower photo and Teluk Intan leaning tower, the one in Pisa is tilted much more than the Teluk Intan one. Or probably it is because of my lousy photography skill? I tend to tilt my camera when taking photos and my sons told me that every building I captured automatically turned into the seventh wonder of the world!