I find that current architecture for shophouses, especially in Ipoh, is too commercial, which always choose to be simple so can be completed fast. Many are not attractive & simply looked like a square concrete box. The sad thing is this kind of building is replacing many old but nice looking ones. It seems most of the owners don't concern about the appearance but minimum cost is the major factor. While seeing more old shophouses disappearing, I really appreciate the minority that maintain old building nicely & present the beautiful side of the old shops. In this case, an eighty-year-old one is better than a new one.