Han Chin Pet Soo museum which opened its doors since January 2015 has been voted the 4th of ‘Top 10 Museums in Malaysia” and awarded the “Travellers’ Choice™ 2016 Winner” by global travel website TripAdvisor.
The award placed the museum at fourth place after Pinang Peranakan Mansion (George Town), Islamic Arts Museum (Kuala Lumpur) and Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum (Melaka).
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Han Chin Pet Soo is a Hakka Tin Mining Museum located at Ipoh’s popular Heritage Trail at Old Town.
It was set up by Commander Ian Anderson RN (Rtd) the managing director of IpohWorld, an education-based, not-for-profit organisation to promote awareness and appreciation of Perak’s unique, diverse and rich heritage with particular focus on Ipoh and the Kinta Valley.
The museum was originally the home of the Hakka Tin Miners Club. Founded in 1893 the building was rebuilt in 1929 and measures approximately 5000 square feet over three floors.
The club was a members’ only club and much of the décor is authentic since when it started. On display are artifacts, collectibles, ephemeras and also photographs from the 19th and 20th century.
Anderson when contacted said he could not be happier for the Museum to be given the award.
“When we opened the museum in February 2015 we got to the No 8 spot of ‘TripAdvisors: Things to do in Ipoh” within a few days.
“Since May 2015 the museum has been at the No 1 spot till now.
“Earlier we were tagged with TripAdvisors “Certificate of Excellence”. With the “Traveller’s Choice™ 2016 Winner” award I certainly feel a lot happier”.
Anderson added that the number of visitors was increasing.
“From February till December 2015 was we received 10,460 visitors. This year from January till August we’ve had 9,183 visitors”
A glance at TripAdvisors site reflected that Han Chin Pet Soo museum was at the No 1 spot of ‘1 of 45 Things to do in Ipoh” with 463 reviews and a 4.5 of 5 star rating.
A look at the reviews described the museum as a ‘good and simple guide to know about Ipoh history’, ‘provides an interesting glimpse into an important part of the historical fabric of Ipoh’ and ‘a great way for us to understand the early settlement of the Hakka clan in Ipoh’ and perhaps for some ‘90 minutes is too short’.