Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, Ipoh

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Learn about the city's Chinese community of tin miners at Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, a museum situated inside a former clubhouse. Established in 1893, the clubhouse provided the miners with a place where they could gamble, smoke opium, entertain "dancing girls," and socialize with colleagues and friends from back home. Take a comprehensive and informative guided tour of the museum, see the clubhouse history brought to life through dioramas, photos, and period artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, and learn about the tin mining process. Reserve your tickets in advance, as the number of tours per day is limited. Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Ipoh Edition.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Suitable for travelers that interested in history. Staff very informative. Very unique experience. It was great that they preserved the old stuff. Something for the new generation to appreciate.  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    This place is a must to go for everyone who visited Ipoh. This place will tell you on how the Hakka people first reside here in Malaya and how they came in, their difficulties, their way of life and m...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    I made an early reservation to visit Han Chin Pet Soo via the Internet. The organizers were punctual & well organized. We were impressed with the museum & a special mention to our tour guide. I recomm...  more »
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  • September 5, 2017
    This was an interesting museum with three levels with a guide to take us through the exhibits and to explain their significance and history. This took 1 ½ hours. The life-size diorama presented a realistic view of gamblers and entertainers. On the highest level, we could get a nice view of the surrounding areas of Ipoh without any high-rise buildings to block our views. Admission is FREE but donations are welcome. Administrators there suggest a sum of RM10 per head as a guideline (30 Aug 2017). It was definitely worth the visit.
  • August 16, 2017
    Offers the history of the Hakka Miner Club. Splendid displays and explanations. Friendly guide. Entrance is free but donations are expected
  • June 11, 2017
    You gonna spend nearly an hour in this museum, and trust me, you will love it. The tour guide is very experienced and her explanation is pretty detailed. You will learn about the history after you get out from this premise.
  • June 26, 2017
    Very experienced tour guides giving a free yet comprehensive tour on the mining history of the town of Ipoh, surrounding the lives of the Hakka people. Book before going, definitely worth the time.
  • April 24, 2017
    Ipoh is famed for its tin mining history, but people won't ever get a better explanation or an interactive learning experience besides a visit to Han Chin Pet Soo. The building was only recently turned into a heritage museum-like tour venue and its operators are doing it justice. Tours are available in English as well as Mandarin. The guides are well informed and have in-depth knowledge of the Hakka community that forms the main understanding of the unique status and historical importance of the building. Visitors participate in a guided tour and get to have a look into the life of tin miners in colonial times as well as the wealthy local few that controlled the industry in those times. Among the absolute gems during the tour is a documentary video from the world-war era of how tin mines were built and run from the bottom up. It makes for a very educational experience. As with other museums, there are mock-ups combined with original wares of the tin-mining era in addition to photos exposing who's who and ancestral signifiance. However, all of these are only tools for the guides who are true experts and seem to have a way of genuinely attracting the attention of tour participants. The guided tour is free although they encourage donations at the end of the tour to protect the sustainability of the project.

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