The Kampar Tin Mining Heritage Trail offers a local insight into the historical and cultural landscape of Kampar Old Town.
Founded in 1887, Kampar is situated in Kinta Valley, known for its role as a tin mining town. The local Chinese community believe that the name Kampar was derived from the word "kam pou", meaning "precious gold", which referred to the town's large tin reserves in the past. These mines flourished in the late 19th century, and fell into decline in the late 20th century. These have left their mark on the architecture, community and lifestyle of the locals in the town.
Join this 3-hour guided tour with Jacky, a local who is passionate about sharing the unique history of his hometown to guests. Along the 3km trail, the attractions create a compelling backdrop for the in-depth storytelling. Covering the 1800s to the present, the trail covers the old legends surrounding the Old Town, stories of the settlers and tin mining pioneers, the Battle of Kampar, clan wars, British colonisation, Japanese Occupation, Communists and modern changes that made the town what it is today.
Meeting at Medan Selera Kampar
Also known as Pusat Penjaja Kampar, this is a popular spot for breakfast as it has many different food stalls.
Kampar Tin Mining Heritage Trail
The highlights on the heritage trail include:
• Visit to Kinta Tin Mining Museum for an introduction to Kampar and its ancient tin-mining past
• Experience what is like to pan like a 'Dulang Washer'
• See the oldest tree in Malaya
• Explore historical sites in Kampar, such as Chinese Hakka Clan Association, 1914 Old Clock, Chettier Office, Old Bus Station, Tin Ore Trading House, Office of Rich Malayan Miners
• Visit religious sites such as two temples and Malaysia's smallest chapel
• Spot landmarks that tell a story of the locals living here: old schools, century-old shops, and rottan furniture craft house
End of tour
Your local expert will share tips on where to find good local delicacies in Kampar, such as fried noodles and chee cheong fun. Meals are not included in this experience.
If you are using public transportation, the best way to reach Kampar is by train. You can take the KTM (Malaysia Railway) and reach Kampar Station around 9 am.