Things To Do In Ipoh – Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Things To Do In Ipoh – Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

One of the things we wanted to do in Ipoh was visit Han Chin Pet Soo Museum after our Mural Art in Ipoh trail. And just like our accidental find of First Concubine Lane (二奶巷), we chanced upon Ho Yan Hor Museum.

It was just next door to Han Chin Pet Soo Museum, which was our original target place to visit. Unfortunately, we had the tour hours mixed up, and we missed the last tour. Just then Ho Yan Hor Museum caught our eye. And it was actually the next place we wanted to visit, too.

We were glad we did. The museum and its exhibits were awesome. Continue reading and watch the video, and you will see why we feel this is definitely one of the Things To Do In Ipoh. A must do, in fact.


Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆) in Ipoh – The Video

If you prefer to see images rather than read, this video is the perfect option for you to explore the museum virtually. It offers a thorough view, starting from outside, the main entrance, lobby, and into each of the exhibit rooms.


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About Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Dr Ho Kai Cheong brewed and sold his first pot of herbal tea at Treacher Street in 1945. It was perfect timing. After World War II, Ipoh had prospered from tin mining. The tea was a refreshing cooling drink for the tired miners.

The tea was no ordinary concoction too. Dr Ho was a graduate of Canton Wah Lam National Physician’s School in Hong Kong. He returned to Malaysia in 1941 as a certified Chinese Medical Sensei.

The original recipe of the tea offered much health benefits to anyone who drank it. It cooled the heatiness of the body, able to overcome the common cold, and contains lots of antioxidants.

Dr Ho’s dream was to do good for the people, and one of the goals was to keep everyone healthy. Over the years, the brand – Ho Yan Hor, which means Everyone Can – has grown to be popular with the people, and an icon of health drink in Malaysia.

Entrance of Ho Yan Hor Museum
Entrance of Ho Yan Hor Museum, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Ho Yan Hor Museum resides at the two-storey building where Dr Ho started this iconic tea. It is in honor and memory of his achievements, and offer an in-depth record of Dr Ho’s journey from start till today.


Inside Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Before we went into the museum, one of the things to notice was the huge mural art by the famous artist – Ernest Zacharevic. It is titled Evolution and reminds the people of the days when tin mining was the industry that brought prosperity to this town.

Tip: Don’t miss this! It is at the side of the building.

Ernest Zacharevic’s Evolution Mural Art depicting the tin mining industry
Ernest Zacharevic’s Evolution Mural Art depicting the tin mining industry, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There was so much art and culture in Ipoh. The moment we stepped into Ho Yan Hor Museum, you could not help but notice the very colorful and well painted mural by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau.

It showed the old days when the tea was served on Treacher Street. Notice the small counter with the Chinese words, the brand – Ho Yan Hor, and some cups on display. Today, the same counter could be seen outside the museum at that same spot.

A colorful mural created by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau
A colorful mural created by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

We entered into the exhibits, and there was a lot of really interesting photos with explanation about the history and growth of Ho Yan Hor. Below was a photo of their new factory back then. From a small stall, the brand grew until it needed a large factory to grow the herbs and tea leaves as well as to sun them.

Tip: You can see more of the photos and exhibits in the video above.

Photo of the new factory and trays of herbs drying in the sun
Photo of the new factory and trays of herbs drying in the sun, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Before the kitchen there was an intriguing display. They featured 20 of the 25 secret ingredients of the tea. What were the other 5??!! Can someone reveal to me? I promise I will keep it a secret. Shhhhhhhhh.

The 20 Secret Ingredients of the tea
The 20 Secret Ingredients of the tea, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

On the ground level, there was the kitchen. It was restored as close to its original state in the 1940s. Look at the antique looking cupboards and cabinets with all the food, ingredients and cooking wares. It was really cool to see all that.

The kitchen has been restored as close to how it would look like back in the 1940s
The kitchen has been restored as close to how it would look like back in the 1940s, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Here is a closer view of the cupboard. I don’t know why but the old pots and flasks stood out to me. I find them so charming.

Closer view of the kitchen
Closer view of the kitchen, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Right at the center of the kitchen was a very large stove. There was no signage to explain it. My friends and I believe it was used to cook and dry the herbs and leaves. What do you think?

A Large Stove to cook the herbs and tea leaves
A Large Stove to cook the herbs and tea leaves, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

On the second level, there was a corner where they feature a quaint work desk that reflected the old days. Check out that old typewriter and phone!

An office table restored to how it would used to look like in the old days
An office table restored to how it would used to look like in the old days, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Near that desk, there was a cart. They used to use this method to sell the tea.

A cart that was used to sell the tea in the old days
A cart that was used to sell the tea in the old days, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Somewhere near the end of the exhibits was this stellar display. We loved the friendly smile of the vendor, and how realistic he looked. Very eye catching!

A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea
A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Also, near the end of the exhibits was a video about Ho Yan Hor. I did not take any photos or video because there were people in the middle of the video, and I did want to be impolite.

Tip: Watch the video presentation about Ho Yan Hor

After the entire tour of the museum, the path would lead you back to the lobby. At the counter, they would have already prepared a few cups of samples of their best tea for you to taste.

We tried them all, and they were delicious!

Tip: Take the opportunity to buy packs of the tea. They are really good to enjoy in the hotel, and when you are back home.

Soothing samples of tea served at counter. You can purchase these awesome brews too
Soothing samples of tea served at counter. You can purchase these awesome brews too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved 

Where is Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)?

Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆) is located along Jalan Bijeh Timah, also known as Treacher Street. Below is a map to help you find the place.

Operating Hours

10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays. (Large groups, please call in advance)

Address

1 Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Contact

Phone: 05 241 2048

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HYHMuseum

How To Get There?

By Foot

If your hotel is not too far away from Jalan Bijeh Timah, it is all right to go on foot. Check with your hotel before setting off. Also, there are hot seasons. So, either take regular drinking stops at local cafes or coffee shops, or carry some water with you.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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If you have ANY questions about this article, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

16 Replies to “Things To Do In Ipoh – Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)”

  1. I do not want to use any of those “secret” ingredients for my tea! That looks disgusting, LOL. I am curious exactly where Ipoh is. I am not familiar at all with this location. I love museums, and this looks super fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

    1. LOL! Of course not those exactly, Matts Mom. Those have been left there in that box for years. Hee hee

      Ipoh is a small town in Malaysia. It is quiet and quaint. Many museums to visit. You will love this place!

  2. Thank you for the interesting and informative post. I have spent several years in Asia and met several Malaysian friends but I did not manage to visit the country. It has such exciting history, the mixture of nationalities and cultures. And this museum devoted to tea making culture. Nice images and the video provide good insight about the museum. And what is very attractive – it is possible to purchase tea on the spot. It feels like you have visited the museum in reality.

    1. Hi Nadja! Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed this article. Very happy you liked the images and video.

      Yes, I totally agree with you that Malaysia has rich culture and history. Every town there are many museums with awesome stories. I wish I can visit them all. Maybe I will organize one vacation simply to do that.

      That was the intent of this article – so that people can feel as if they have been here. Of course, nothing beats the real thing. I hope you do get to visit Ho Yan Hor Museum someday?

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  3. I absolutely love tea and would like to pay a visit to this museum. The post is engaging I like the amusing story about getting lost then finding the museum by accident.

    1. Thanks Thomas! Glad you enjoyed the article.

      I love tea too! Hope you get to visit this museum some day.

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  4. I really enjoyed my tour of the Ho Yan Hor Museum, especially the video. I am glad that I watched it first because your commentary afterward really tied everything together. I enjoyed my virtual tour, thank you.
    One question, what does this popular tea taste like?

    1. Hi Colleen,

      Thank you! Very happy you enjoyed the video. This encourages me to do more videos. 🙂

      There are various types of tea. The Signature Tea tastes a little bitter with a slight tangy taste to it. It is delicious and refreshing. Especially great on a hot day or after a long day of touring a city.

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    1. Thanks Andy! Glad you like it! Yes, it is a very quiet and quaint town. Those who like slow lifestyle will love this town.

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  5. I’ve never been to Asia so not familiar but sounds like Ipoh would be an interesting place to visit. Especially when it comes to the museums. By the way how much does it cost to tour the museums?

    Thank you for your interesting article.

    1. Ipoh truly is a very interesting place to visit, Daniel. There is much history and many museums to tell the stories. Most of the museums are free to visit. Ho Yan Hor Museum is one of those that is free. It’s amazing isn’t it? So much to offer and it is all for free. So do visit when you get the chance.

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  6. Wola! Beginning with Hon Yar Hon Museum in Ipoh is really fascinating and a totally different environ which travellers can never deny paying it a visit.
    It is an article so detail and there’s no room for questions.

    What I like about your explanation is both the inclusion of Video and well as the writing form. Also, you’ve furnished killing discounts for hotel stay.

    Man, this is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Phromrong. And thank you for an excellent view of Hot Yan Hor Museum. Glad you enjoyed the article and the video.
      Yes, Agoda offers big discounts. So, if you ever travel anywhere, consider coming here to make your reservations.
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  7. I have an uncle who travels the world and I swear he has gone about everywhere. I will have to ask him about the museum and see if he has visited it at all. If not I’ll definitely pass this along to him.

    1. Thanks so much Kasey. 🙂
      I hope you get to visit Ipoh and this museum too, some day?
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