Muzium Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh, Perak
(9 November, 2015)
Muzium Darul Ridzuan
(GPS: 4.60456, 101.07796) is the main museum in Ipoh documenting the history of Perak. It is located on Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab. This is not to be confused with the Perak Museum
, which is not in Ipoh, but rather in Taiping
Muzium Darul Ridzuan was originally the mansion of Ipoh tin miner Foo Choong Nyit1
. Born in Ying Dong in Fujian Province
, Foo migrated to Malaya, arriving in Penang in 1874, and relocated three years later to Ipoh, where he was an apprentice in the tin-mining industry. He established his own tin-mining business in Batu Gajah
in 1890, at the age of just 30 years old, and was a shareholder of other mines in Pusing
, Tanjung Tualang
, Ipoh and Menglembu
. As he rose in stature within the local society in Perak, Foo held various positions, among them, as a committee member of the Perak Chinese Protectorate. He passed away in 1937.
Foo Choong Nyit's mansion was built in 1926, and has a sprawling compound that is still maintained to this day. The building was sold to the Perak state government in 1950. For many years it was used as a government department building, housing the Department of Works.
Updates on Muzium Darul Ridzuan
I have been attempting to visit this museum several times, but each time, I found that it is closed. On my latest visit in March 2018, it was once again closed but I am told it might reopen "at any time".
Muzium Darul Ridzuan
Muzium Darul Ridzuan is on the Map of Ipoh
- Kinta Valley, by Khoo Salma Nasution & Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, published by Perak Academy, pages 84, 183, 210, 285
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