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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. Plan to see Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ipoh itinerary planner.
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  • First, make a booking at the website. We didn't know when we arrive at the museum. The tour guide was kind enough to explain and book for us (since we are there). Tour goes by time, i believe 2 tours ...  more »
  • Free, donation possible. Good English guide. Please book ahead on their website. We did same day. About 1hr.  more »
  • The tour was educational and entertaining at the same time. The historical mansion housed many of the original furnitures and set up including the back of house kitchen and consumables. Coupled with a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is historical museum of Perak. This museum is provide historical of tin mining at early years, how the process of mining, materials, methods, and etc. This museum has help my kids to understand of the past historical of immigration Chinese or others into Perak.
  • Great for history fans. Good explaination on Hakka history and their role in Malaysia. Many things here are historic artefacts. Even the tiles are 80 years old. Enjoyed the free tour. Donation by goodwill.

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