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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Visit To Ho Yan Hor Museum, Ipoh.

Last Tuesday afternoon I played tourist guide to my 2 Batu Gajah friends and introduced them to Concubine Lane, Ipoh. As I have promised, I took them to taste the silky smooth Tau Fu Fah which I have posted here recently. It was a good timing for us because by the time we were served the Tau Foo Fah, the place suddenly became crowded with customers.

After that we took a stroll along Concubine Lane. My friends will be coming back at a later date with their family members to visit the shops. When we came to the other end we saw that the Ho Yan Hor museum was open and my friends were also keen to visit. Entrance is free. The moment we walked through the door, we were greeted by 2 very friendly staffs (a lady and a young man). We were each given a tag to wear. We were told that the tag is to monitor that not more than 20 people were allowed upstairs at one time.
Dr. Ho Kai Cheong, the late founder of Ho Yan Hor which is well known for its herbal tea.
Dr Ho Kai Cheong - A visionary herbalist. He believed hard work that can be endured will eventually produce success. Living through struggling times of war and poverty, Dr Ho took on the difficulties faced in life and turned them into opportunities. From working as a shop assistant, soldier, farmer, and physician, Dr Ho was seen as a highly skilled and versatile man. Though skilled at many, he was the master of One - A visionary herbalist.

His vision led him to creating Ho Yan Hor tea, a specially formulated tea which he intended to benefit everyone. Ho Yan Hor tea became a saviour to many over the years, providing relief and natural healing to people near and far. Till today, Ho Yan Hor continues to be a vital herbal concoction that is irreplaceable.
Birth place of Dr Ho Kai Cheong. He was born on 11 Julai 1910.
Original prescriptions from sensei Ho & artifacts used to treat his patients.
A traditional weighing scale used by Chinese sensei.
Artifacts used by sensei.
He graduated from Canton Wah Lam National's Physicial School in Hong Kong in 1940 and got married in 1942. Family photo taken in 1958.
Sun dried herbal leaves.
Trays of dried herbs
As business grew so did the transport grew from a humble bicycle. Ho started as a cycling entrepreneur and built the Ho Yan Hor factory in Kuala Kangsar in 1954.
The original No. 1 in Treacher Street (1945) is now the Ho Yan Hor museum. At that time the herbal tea was sold at 5 cents per glass.
The secret ingredients in the herbal tea.
The original sachet of the herbal tea.
This tea helps to bring down the heat and cool the body.
Different types of tea pots, made from enamel, porcelain and etc.
An old notice/sign - Anti tuberculosis, Don't spit on floor.
Drying the herbal mixture with wood fire.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasure.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine.

It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -

though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.

So when your faith remains strong through many trials,

it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day

when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

(1 Peter 1:7, New Living Translation-NLT)

50 comments:

  1. Nancy, wow so many historical treasures! Herbs are such an important part of Asian medicine! Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you back again soon.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I will be sharing more treasures in future posts. Have a lovely day!

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  2. Um excelente trabalho deste belo museu.
    Um abraço e uma boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a beautiful day!

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  3. Uiks...HYH is fr Ipoh ah. I have been drinking this since small yet didn't read the label.

    Nowadays whenever am not feeling well..feverish..i would drink warm HYH and sweat out the fever.

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    1. Yes, HYH is from Ipoh. This herbal tea is easy to drink. We used to drink it with asam boi. I too used to drink when I was small but now seldom.

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  4. It is very interesting museum!

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    1. Thank you, Julia. It was a hurried visit and I would love to go back again for another visit.

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  5. I love museums. I would have enjoyed the trip here if I went with you. :)

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    1. I am sure you would enjoy this museum. Have a beautiful day!

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  6. You certainly took us on a very interesting stroll today, amazing artefacts.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. I have more to share on future posts. Have a lovely day!

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  7. What a wonderful history lesson. These are so very true in terms of healing. All things healing come from the earth.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Yes, it is a safer and natural way for healing. Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Hello Nancy!:) Very interesting, blending tea is an art and it's a great story of how one humble man helped so many people with his special brew. As all the ingredients are named in the museum, it's not so secret any more!!:)) I imbibe herbal tea every day, and even have one for reducing fever. They are great natural remedies.

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    1. Yes, it is no more a secret once they reveal the ingredients. But one still need to know the right proportion for an effective and safe brew. Have a wonderful day!

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    2. Forgive my attempt at humour Nancy, I hope I did not seem flippant, of course the amount used is vital for a safe and effective brew. Have a good day!:)

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    3. Ha ha I enjoyed your humour, dear. No worries. In fact when I saw it at the museum I too thought the same thing....no more secret. Have a fantastic and fun day!

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  9. What a fascinating and fun post! I love all the vintage items, what an amazing museum! Thanks so much for sharing this tour, Nancy! :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. These are not all, there are more photos to share in future posts. Have a happy day!

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  10. Thank you Nancy for telling us with words & photos of this interesting museum. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, Riitta. You are most welcome. Have a great week too!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a happy day!

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  12. So many interesting historical treasures.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. Will be sharing more treasure photos in future posts.

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  13. Most interesting, Nancy! He has left behind a very important legacy!
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. His company is doing very well now. Have a great week!

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  14. Thank you for showing us this museum. My spouse always drink Ho Yan Hor when he thinks a sorethroat is imminent.

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    1. The herbal tea is very effective. I like to drink it with assam boi.

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  15. Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a beautiful day!

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  16. Very interesting tour, and facts about this amazing man!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. Nancy interesting personality and place

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a lovely day!

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  18. Very interesting place. It's neat that it's (free). I enjoyed the various photos. Loved the Tea set and the different teas.

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    1. Thank you, Ida. Not only it is free but they welcome the visitors to enjoy the museum.

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  19. What an interesting museum Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, dear. It is interesting to the story behind the tea that we have been drinking.

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  20. Thank you for the interesting write-up. Now I know where to take my guests to

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    1. Interesting place and a few more behind Plan B to take your visitors to enjoy especially during the weekends.

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  21. Concubine Lane, this place is a must to visit when go Ipoh ya... hehe...

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    1. Yes, Sharon. Interesting place and also good food nearby.

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  22. So many ingredients in that Ho Yan Hor tea? I always liked this, with a sour plum. :)

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    1. I also like the tea with sour plum. I need to replenish the tea and sour plum.

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  23. I love learning about new things and this museum is all very new to me. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thank you, Erika. Hugs and have a great day!

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  24. I love learning about new things and this museum is all very new to me. Hugs-Erika

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    1. I am also learning lots of new things from this new museum.

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Thank you for your visits and encouraging comments. They are greatly appreciated. Have a beautiful day.

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