Ho Yan Hor Mu­seum

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Learning -

1 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah, Ipoh, Perak (05 241 2048/www.face­book. com/HYHMu­seum). This new kid on the block is strate­gi­cally housed right next to an old-timer; the former spot­lights the clas­sic Ho Yan Hor her­bal tea, while the lat­ter, known as the Han Chin Pet Soo Mu­seum, is a renowned Hakka tin min­ing mu­seum. So kill two birds with one stone and visit both.

Painted a pretty peri­win­kle blue, the mod­est Ho Yan Hor Mu­seum is charged with con­serv­ing the an­nals of the iconic Ho Yan Hor tea, which was cre­ated by the very in­ter­est­ing Ho Kai Cheong, who started sell­ing the tea to min­ers on their way home from work. Deemed a house­hold sta­ple by many a Malaysian par­ent, the brew con­tains 23 nat­u­ral herbs that pro­vide re­lief from heati­ness, the com­mon cold and the flu.

A pet project of the Ipoh-based phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Hovid, the mu­seum opened to the pub­lic in Fe­bru­ary and charges ab­so­lutely noth­ing for en­trance. Its main ob­jec­tive is to pre­serve the old build­ing where the com­pany first set down roots and to pro­mote ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the lo­cal tea.

Walk with the kids through the mu­seum’s ed­u­ca­tional cor­ner with easy-to-un­der­stand story boards, watch a short doc­u­men­tary, scru­ti­nise tea- re­lated an­tiques and arte­facts, and end the tour by sip­ping steam­ing cups of Ho Yan Hor tea at the tea bar. The tour takes no longer than an hour, which is great con­sid­er­ing the at­ten­tion span of a child. Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm.

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