Ho Yan Hor Museum
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.