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Taiping, Perak

Full nameTaiping
Official nameTaiping
Native name 
Settlement typeDistrict Capital
DistrictLarut, Matang & Selama
District OfficerHarun Bin Rawi
MayorTuan Omor Bin Saad
Member of ParliamentYB Nga Kor Ming (DAP)
Total Area72 sq mi (186.46 km2)
Total Population217647 (2011|population_footnotes=)
Density (pop.)1024.4/km2 (2654/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC+8)
Postal code34xxx
Area code05

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Taiping ( ) is a town located in northern Perak, Malaysia. With a population of 191,104 (in 2007), it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, the state capital. Taiping took over Kuala Kangsar's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then replaced by Ipoh. Its development slowed down after that, but in recent years the town has begun developing rapidly again.

Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.

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