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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  • We're glad that we stumbled upon this place. The tour guide was really good. Gave us a good explanation about the museum and Hakka history. We wish we had the opportunity to try the food! Thank you fo...  more »
  • I took the 11 Dec 2017 11.30am tour. The guide is familiar with the history spicing up in between her information and a sense of humour. I can feel she is passionate about the history of the club and ...  more »
  • I went with my 2 teenaged sons. They learned something about the diversity of Malaysia and being a Malay with Chinese, Japanese, Eurasian and possibly Thai mix, it was very informative. I think, more ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Offers the history of the Hakka Miner Club. Splendid displays and explanations. Friendly guide. Entrance is free but donations are expected
  • 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.

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