Follow in the footsteps of a Gopeng native to discover the history behind this 150-year-old town in Perak.
Gopeng, located in Kampar District, was a strategic place where the great tin mining industry of Malaysia once existed before the tin empire collapsed in the 1980s. It is within half an hour away from Ipoh city and two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Its name is believed to be originated from a Chinese man called Mo Peng (毛兵); however, it was converted into Gopeng as it was believed that the British found the first name difficult to pronounce.
True to its legacy, Gopeng was a place where great notable residents were born or involved in significnt historical events, including Mr. Eu Kong Pui (1853–1892), founder of "Eu Yan Sang"; and Dr Sun Yat Sen (the leader of the historic Chinese revolutionary leader) who stayed in Gopeng briefly from 1909 to 1911.
Join our local expert to explore and discover a more detailed history behind Gopeng, as well as the local town culture, and of course food.
A walking tour to historical places & heritages in Gopeng
Our schedule in Gopeng is as below, all within walking distance:
• Gopeng Museum
The museum tells the tale of Gopeng in its tin mining glory days, with over 300 antiques once used by the older generation of townsfolk.
• Gopeng Heritage House
The heritage house is built from an original shophouse where you can see what a traditional barber shop, kopitiam, local scenes, and middle class living was like in the 20th century.
• Koo Fung Bistro
This vintage gallery with a 1960s is where locals gather to relax and chat.
• Gopeng Antique Kopitiam
This is a refurbushed pre-war shoplot and antique coffee shop that takes you for a blast to the past.
• Heritage Town Cafe Gopeng
This charming boutique café captures Gopeng's small-town beauty.
• Traditional Soy Sauce Factory
This family-run business has been making soy sauce using their traditional recipe and methods since before World War One. You have the opportunity to talk to the owner about how he makes the soy sauce locals and visitors to Gopeng love.
End of walk
Muzium Gopeng, Jalan Eu Kong, Pekan Gopeng, Gopeng, Perak, MalaysiaHow to get there
Gopeng is within half an hour away from Ipoh city and two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Navigate with Waze to find the Gopeng Museum: https://waze.com/ul/hw0zcqn7m5