Kamunting brings many of the visitors from the North-South Expressway via the
northern exit, to Taiping by Kamunting Express Bus Terminal.
Kamunting also the main gateway to Taiping for South-bound travellers using the
North-south expressway. Whereas, North-bound travellers will take Chiangkat Jering exit to enter
Kamunting is the biggest satelite town as well as industrial town in Taiping,
especially the newly concepturized Greater Kamunting attracts billions of overseas investments under the
It was once well-covered in the mass media for its detention centre - a prison
camp for detainees under the Internal Security Act, also known as ISA.
During the Malayan Emergency between 1948 and 1960, Kamunting was the
site of a major British/Commonwealth military base, there being a large garrison for the 28th Commonwealth
Independent Infantry Brigade and also one of the three British Military
Hospitals (BMHs) in Malaya. Between Taiping and Kamunting is one of the main
Military Cemeteries in Malaya. Over the many years of the conflict against the
Communist terrorists, thousands of British, Australian, New Zealand, Fijian
and Gurkha troops lived - and died - in and around Kamunting and Taiping.