KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3, 2016:
In a city famous for its food, the Ho Yan Hor Museum (HYHM) stands out as a treasure trove of a brilliant day filled with activities worth spending the time in Ipoh, the capital of Perak.
HYHM, which had a successful soft launch on Jan 16 this year, is awe-inspiring even before you enter, thanks to its pre-war heritage architecture.
The building, located in Jalan Bijeh Timah in the heart of Ipoh Old Town, was the orginal home of Dr Ho Kai Cheong, the founder of the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea business, which eventually grew to become a successful modern day business empire.
From the herbal tea business, Ho set up the Ho Yan Hor Medical Hall, later renamed as Ho Yan Hor Sdn Bhd.
Today, it is known as Hovid Bhd, a public listed company and one of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The museum shares the amazing stories of the founder plus provides the discovery of the origins and evolution of the heritage herbal tea, including the herbs used by Dr Ho to make his herbal tea.
Museum manager Ng Chern Yuan said the HYHM means a lot to the family of Dr Ho as they are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea business, which started in 1941.
She explained that Dr Ho started by renting a room in the shop, which he eventually bought over as the business grew.
For a time, the building was rented out to a locksmith, and then it was empty for several years.
“Last year, Ian Anderson, a museum consultant from Ipoh World Sdn Bhd, approached the family and proposed a museum to honour the memory of Dr Ho and the inspiring success story behind the business.
“The museum is also to honour Ho Yan Hor as an Ipoh brand which is now well-known around the world,” she told The Rakyat Post in an interview.
The building also features a mural painting titled “Evolution” by Lithuania-born artist Ernest Zacharevic, famous for a series of wall paintings across Georgetown and Ipoh.
Painted in black and white, it depicted the golden days of tin mining in Ipoh.
The museum is scheduled to close during the Chinese New Year and reopen on Feb 10.
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm. Entrance is free.