Sungai Lembing Museum, Kuantan, Pahang

My husband got some work to do at Sungai Lembing Museum last December and as he knows that I am very much interested in covering my birth state, Pahang, he said I can tag along. So off we went to Kuantan with our son sleeping at the backseat. It was 7am, he was not ready to wake up just yet. It was school holiday so I was not so strict about it.

We reached Kuantan around 11am with a stop along the highway to get our breakfast.

Sungai Lembing Museum

Sungai Lembing Museum is one great looking museum. Being a fan of architecture, I thought this building is very interesting as it has the British verticular colonial architecture features. The uniqueness of this museum lies in the fact that it used to be a residency of mine officer working with The Pahang Corporation Limited (1887-1906) and Pahang Consolidated Company Corporation Limited also known as PCCL (1906-1986).


The Sungai Lembing Museum was built to re-live the glorious days of Sungai Lembing as Pahang’s richest manufacturer of tin. Once, this city was even dubbed the Malay States’ very own El-Dorado as it was here that a special settlement for British officers was located. The town was built in the 1880s when the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited was given a 77-year lease to mine the area. In the 1940s, about 1,400 people worked in the mine. The tin mine were closed in 1986 due to high operational costs and low yields.

We went inside the museum and as the ground floor is still under renovation, we went up to the first floor gallery to see the collection. The gallery is divided into 7 segments; Tin Mining History, Geology and Geomorphology, Mining Arcade, Mining Memoir, Mining Economy and Tin Mining Method and Tools/Clothing. The arrangement of this museum is according to historical chronology so that visitor will understand the history better.

Let’s go through some of the exhibits I captured from the gallery:

A poster that shows (from top) a factory building at Sungai Lembing, V.B.C. Baker, the General Manager of PCCL and his sister Nona Baker and a row of senior officers and their wives, 1941. 

Information about tin mining history.

My son reading about mines before I call him to pose for the camera. 

Trays made of wood used to pan ore.

From top; iron chisel, oxygen tank and tin ore barrel.

Manual typewriter at the PCCL administration office, circa 1940s – 1950s.

Tunnel lamp.

These and many more at the first floor gallery. I am hoping that you take your children here to learn more about Sungai Lembing history. And I also hope that by the time you visit, the ground floor is ready to greet its visitors.

Here are some useful information you need to know before planning your visit here:

Visiting Hours: 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: The Headquarters of The Department of Museums Malaysia (East Coast Region), Sungai Lembing, 26200 Pahang
Contact: Tel : +609 541 2377 / 2378, Fax : +609 541 2377

Take the chance to visit nearby attractions like Pelangi Waterfall and Gua Charas after the visit to the museum. Or….if you are up to it, visit the actual Sungai Lembing Mines and experience the living museum. I’ll cover the latter soon. Didn’t get to visit waterfall and cave though. Some other time perhaps. Cuti-cuti Malaysia lagi nanti.

yassin on mini mox
Yassin on mini mox. This mini mox was the main vehicle to carry four people at a time from the office building to the mine area.




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Vote for me for MITBCA Tourism Lifestyle Blog 2013

I am nominated for the category again this year by someone anonymous. Thank you so much to whoever that is! Truly appreciate the faith to see my blog be one of the nominees for this category. I won this award last year and if you think that I should be in the reign, do vote for me.

How to vote?
1. Go to MITBCA website
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That’s it. So easy. Thank you in advance for your votes!



About MITBCA | Since the debut of the Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Conference & Awards in 2012 which rewarded some of the world’s most accomplished Travel-Social Media Bloggers, MITBCA 2013 is set to spin this year’s event with a more exciting approach, leaving others to admire and emulate upon.


Malaysia has set its pace to be on the forefront of reach into social media. Undeniably, there is a definitive difference between monitoring our brand in social media and using traditional methodologies in reaching out to build on tourism numbers. Travel is certainly a very hot topic across all social media channels and is one of the top three online topics of discussion and engagement. It surely encourages new network build up, new clientele bases and new innovative ideas being put across.

Such rapid movement of social media in travel and leisure industry was the basis of the conceptualization of the Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Conference & Awards 2013 (MITBCA2013), organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia. The Awards aim to encourage and honour the tourism bloggers across the globe for extensively promoting Tourism in Malaysia. After the nominations, voting and campaigning processes, the finale would be in Kuala Lumpur on 5th – 6th March 2013 and the nation will honour the best of the best in social media tourism.

Awards | The Tourism Bloggers Awards are designed for Individuals, Travel & Tourism companies and Organizations related to tourism to highlight their achievement in the social media space with respect to tourism. International blogger nominees should be travel bloggers who blog about tourism, tourist spots and also share Malaysia in some way or the other.

Categories are:

1. Malaysia International Tourism Fashion Blog

2. Malaysia International Tourism Entertainment Blog

3. Malaysia International Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Blog

4. Malaysia International Tourism Lifestyle Blog

5. Malaysia International Tourism Photography / Art Blog

6. Malaysia International Tourism Micro Blogger of the Year

7. Malaysia International Tourism Travel Blog

8. Malaysia International Tourism Blog of the Year

9. Malaysia International Expat MM2H Blog

10. Malaysia International Eco Tourism Blog

11. Malaysia International Tourism Shopping Blog

12. Malaysia International Homestay Blog

13. Malaysia International Tourism Destination Blog

14. Malaysia International Social Media Tourism Blog of the year

15. Malaysia International Tourism Vlog of the Year

16. Malaysia International Tourism Cultural Blog

17. Malaysia International Tourism Healtcare Blog

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