Papan, Ipoh, MALAYSIA.
Papan is the oldest tin-mining town in the famed Kinta Valley in the state of Perak. It is estimated that there are millions of ringgit worth of tin ore underneath the town. Many of the townsfolks have moved out in anticipation of a resumption of tin mining, but some have stayed on, living in their dilapidated houses.
One Sunday, Dad organised a historical/foodie trip to Batu Gajah (another small town) and we stopped by Papan to check it out. He has previously spent a lot of time researching towns like these in his latest book ‘Ipoh When Tin Was King’.
Additional comments provided by Dr Ho Tak Ming