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Georgetown ● Joined in 17th of July 2017

Born in 1928, Lee Beng Chuan of Muda Lane has been making joss sticks for over 70 years. Until his death in 1935, Lee’s father was selling
joss sticks. Lee took up his father’s job at the age of 12, before learning to make the joss sticks himself by observing masters from China at work in the factory where he sourced his supplies. Nowadays, Lee only makes a small number of joss sticks for a loyal local clientele; due to his age, he can spend no more than five hours at work a day in his pre-war house.


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August 2017

Its an amazing experience being mentored by Mr. Lee on making joss sticks on my own. These experiences only come once in a lifetime. It also shows us how skillfull these veterans are in their trade and how much passion they have for their trade. Its a treat to be able to quiet down and just focus on making joss sticks after days of hustle and bustle. Its an educational, challenging yet relaxing and fun experience. You'd never want to miss out!

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January 2020

Spent a wonderful morning with Mr Lee and his son! We learnt about mixing the joss stick mixture and then how to put the mixture on varying lengths of sticks (some proved more difficult than others). Mr Lee and his son were more than willing to share their craft and it was wonderful to gain little tips and tricks along the way. The joss sticks were dried over a day and we came to pick them up and added the final touches. It was a wonderful experience and we got to keep all the joss sticks we made.