Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) Bank

No. 2, Jalan Dato Maharajalela
30000 Ipoh, Perak

This OCBC Bank Building is a historic building. It was built in 1907 and was originally known as the Straits Trading Building. The Straits Trading Company was a tin-smelting company when Ipoh was a prosperous tin-mining town. The company was founded by Herman Muhlinghaus in 1889. The wealth generated by tin mining enabled the Straits Trading Company to build this stately building in the choicest part of Ipoh Town. This three-storey building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style.

With the decline in the tin mining industry, the Straits Trading Building was bought over, and today houses the Ipoh main branch of the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC). OCBC Bank is one of Singapore's leading local banks. (source:

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