This portion of Lahat Road at Old Town used to be hub of Indian trading & businesses. In recent years, they continuously extending their business to Leech Street & Belfield Street. Last year the city council has put up an arch for the Little India.
The triangular shape open space used to be a small park that stood the famous E.W. Birch Fountain. The local Chinese named the park as "sui king" (水景, water scenery). Unfortunately, Ipoh City Council had destroyed the all-marble fountain and replaced with another ugly fountain, which did not survived long until this stage is built exactly on the same site.