It is no surprise that when one is in Perak, one have to expect alot of tin related activities or attractions; after all, Perak is well known as the tin mining state of Malaysia. Browsing through the itinerary, I saw a tin mining museum visit, 'hem... what else is new' so I said to myself. As we reached the outer compound, I soon realised that this is unlike any other tin mining museums I have been. I saw several gravel pumps and methods showcased all over the compound with clear information, well this is indeed new to me.
Kinta Tin Mining Museum entrance.
Tin mining old methods : tin ore is cleaned up from the palong.
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Gravel water pump.
Prospecting (manual operated).
Officially opened on October 2012, this Kinta Tin Mining Museum is dedicated purely to the gravel pump method, a RM2mil. project was the brainchild of none other than Tan Sri Hew See Tong, a former tin miner himself. Tan Sri Hew See Tong has successfully gave Kampar a new life by leveraging his ex-mining land to build an establishment consisting of housing development, commercial and industrial space, education centre while preserving Kampar's heritage sites.
Chinese tin miners.
Tin dredges harvest tin ore that made Ipoh, biggest towns in Tanah Melayu.
Rich tin deposit was discovered by 'Larut', the elephant. This story dated long time ago during the height of Long Ja'afar administrative power. Long Ja'afar has an elephant named 'Larut' that wandered in the jungle for days, being worried, he sent his men to look for his beloved elephant and later found it, all covered with mud and tin ore. Thus the name Larut for was inspired, from an elephant.
By the end of 1800, Tanah Melayu tin exports supplied just over half the world output.
Tin mining history.
Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
Lot 126026, Jalan Batu Karang
Taman Bandar Baru
Monday – Friday : 9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays : 9am – 4pm
Admission : Free
A #VMY2014 #Perak Media Fam Trip in collaboration with #GayaTravel