Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka Tin-mining Museum at the Old Town, Ipoh…

Han Chin Pet Soo is Ipoh’s Top Attraction according to TripAdvisor.

The building that houses Han Chin Pet Soo is the one in the center. On your left is the Hor Yan Hor Museum.


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Han Chin Pet Soo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Han Chin Pet Soo (simplified Chinese: 闲真别墅; traditional Chinese: 閒真別墅; pinyin: Xián Zhēn Bié Shù) is Malaysia’s first Hakka Tin mining Museum managed by Ipoh World Sdn. Bhd. Located on the edge of Ipoh’s Old Town, close to the Kinta River. Within walking distance of the well-known Panglima Lane (Concubine Lane), it is the #1 attraction in Ipoh on TripAdvisor.

Originally the home of the Hakka Tin Miners Club, founded in 1893. The building was rebuilt in 1929 to replace the earlier double-storey club house on the same site. This unique museum encompasses approximately 5000 square feet over three floors. On display are artifacts, collectibles, ephemeras and also photographs from the 19th and 20th century. True to life murals painted by local students of the Perak Institute of Art (PIA) provides the experience of a tin mine.

Opening in February 2015, the museum attracted more than 6000 visitors in the first six months and is steadily increasing. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday but visitors are required to make bookings online prior to their visit.


Han Chin Pet Soo is in the Old Town of Ipoh. You can get to it easily, especially after a leisurely walk along Concubine Lane.

It is at the end of Concubine lane (officially known as Panglima Lane).


Han Chin Pet Soo started as the Hakka Tin Miners’ Club. The founder was Leong Fee.



And who were the Hakkas?


These links tell you more about some aspects of the Hakkas, past and present.

The Taiping Rebellion

#HakkaWomen are strong, tough and resilient. And fierce.

One #HakkaWoman against her family: Lee Wei Ling and the Lee Kwan Yew ‘Dynasty’…

Inside the museum, you will see photos and figures of tin mining paraphernalia and workers…

This is an open cast mine.

It is a surface mining technique of extracting rock or minerals from the earth by their removal from an open pit… (https://www.google.com/search?q=dulang+washers&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b#q=open+cast+mine)


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A dulang washer stands with her bicycle. Dulang washers were women, and in Ipoh and nearby towns and villagers, they were Hakka women.


“To help the dulang washers, the Government issued passes to them for a small fee….”    ( https://books.google.com.my/books?id=p4jCQh1l78gC&pg=PT100&lpg=PT100&dq=dulang+washers&source=bl&ots=YNmWmTuYo_&sig=OlKfvn4E93Xb8CjwtcZ1QjqrD3Y&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=dulang%20washers&f=false)

She has a permit on the basket of her bicycle. Here is a closer look at the permit.


To read more about dulang washers, go to these links:

1.Dulang Washers http://www.ipohworld.org/2011/10/14/dulang-washers/

2. Dulang Washers on the Kampar River


This is a tin dredge.

It is a huge machine that dredges soil from the water-filled mine.


Read more about the last tin dredge:

Tanjung Tualang Dredge No 5 (TT5) was one of the largest mining machine of its kind. Three storeys high, 4,500 tonnes, supported by a pontoon of 75 meters in length, 35 meters in width, 115 digging buckets which could dig 15 meters deep….swallowing the marshes and mud to extract the valuable mineral.


The Tin-mining museum also features the life of leisure of the rich and famous of Ipoh of the times…

Han Chin Pet Soo was originally a Hakka Tin Miners’ Club where the rich Hakka miners wined and dined and gambled (and whored, I suspect).

They were reminded of the 4 Evils.


Nevertheless. they practised three of them here: Opium, Gambling and Prostitution (Japanese women)…

1. Opium

2. Gambling


3. Women

Japanese women served them…


When you walk into the kitchen, don’t be surprised by familiar brands that are still around today.

Bovril and Meadow Gold condensed milk and even Knife!

Milo, Horlicks, Oxo, Fernleaf, Quaker…




Warning: The food is no halal! Much of it is pork-based.

Finally, the food, wonderful, delicious Hakka food!

I am Hakka and love some of this food.

This is the dining room. It is on the ground floor.


If you wish to eat here in this place, this is where you sit. Give them 3 weeks’ notice and they will serve you and your guests a sumptuous Hakka meal. GENUINE Hakka food!

All the food is shown in a collection of photos.


These are some of my favourites.


Others have written about the place:

1. IpohWorld @ HAN CHIN PET SOO – Automated Booking System …

Introduction. Since Towkay Leong Fee founded this Hakka Miners’ club in 1893 it has always been a place of mystery as entry was barred to everyone except …

2. Han Chin Pet Soo: A glimpse at the life of Hakka tin miners in Ipoh …


Feb 26, 2015 – IPOH, Feb 26 — As heritage houses go in the heart of old town Ipoh, the Hakka Miners’ clubhouse — Han Chin Pet Soo — is one of the more …

3. Han Chin Pet Soo – The Hakka Miners’ Club, Ipoh – Malaysia Travel


Han Chin Pet Soo, Ipoh’s latest attraction, is a fascinating museum in the beautifully restored Hakka Miners’ Club building. Review and details here.

4. Ipoh’s Latest Attraction: Han Chin Pet Soo – Attractions | Attractions …

http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com › Attractions › Perak

Advised by the receptionist of the Cititel Express Hotel, we booked a tour at the Han Chin Pet Soo museum-exhibition. The booking system at ..

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