Han Chin Pet Soo

Han Chin Pet Soo is Malaysia’s first Hakka tin mining museum. It is located at the edge of Ipoh’s Old Town and was opened to public in 2015. The museum was initially the home of the Hakka Tin Miners Club that was founded in 1893. The club membership was restricted to Hakka miners hence it is always a place of mystery to the curious outsiders. In 1929, the double-storey building renovated to a three-storey building.

As the tin mining era came to an end, the number of miners gradually reduced and there were insufficient members to be able to maintain the building. In 2013, the club members voted to lease the building to IpohWorld. It was then the place was turned into the museum.

The museum offers insight on the rich history of Ipoh city. It displays artifacts, collectibles, memorabilia, antique furnitures and photographs from the 19th and 20th century. The murals of tin mining painted by local students of the Perak Institute of Art are decorating its wall. The exhibits are divided into five sections. The sections are Tin Mining, Kitchen, Town Square, Club’s Activity and Hakka Floor.

Besides the exhibits, the museum also offers a Hakka themed dinner upon request or reservation.

Image by: Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo FB

Operating Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: Entry is by appointment only.

Monday: closed


Adult: RM 10.00

Child: RM 5.00


3, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30100 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia.

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Hear From Others

The Han Chin Pet Soon museum is a must visit for travellers to Ipoh. It’s educational and offers an interesting insight into the lives of Chinese immigrants, their success stories and their contributions to building Ipoh and the country as a whole. 10/10!


I really enjoyed our tour around the Han Chin Pet Soo as I got to learn about Ipoh I never knew firsthand.


The dining room is the first place we see. 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!


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