Kampar District was previously well-known for its tin production, as it was one of the largest in the 18th century. The district is claimed to be named after the Kampar River (north of the current township). The river was named after ethnic Malay immigrants from Riau Province in Sumatra, Indonesia, who used it to travel upstream and were the main source of lineage for the local Malay community. Because this occurred before to Kampar’s large-scale tin mining, the Cantonese phrase kam pou was most likely derived from the word kampar rather than the other way around.
Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
This museum provides a glimpse of the scale of the tin mining industry in Kampar. It also acts as a memorial to the local tin miners who took up the backbreaking work to earn a decent living. The enthralling figurines well portray the gruesome challenges both men and women of Kampar had to face as they cleared new lands to find precious minerals.
Lot 126026, Jalan Batu Karang, Taman Bandar Baru, 31900 Kampar, Perak
9.00 am- 5.00 pm
Japanese Carbide Chimney, Malim Nawar
If you didn’t know this already, the Malim Nawar Chimney is a WW2 brick chimney designed by the Japanese as part of a carbide manufacturing plant for weapons purposes. It is said that the facility has never been completed. The chimney is about 18 meters high, with a diameter of 6 meters at the base and about 3 metres at the apex.
Japanese Carbide Chimney, 31700 Malim Nawar, Perak
Tempurung Cave (Gua Tempurung)
This is the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. This cave is believed to be 400 million years old and consists of five large domes and each has a different formations of stalagmite and stalactite. The ceiling of the cave is shaped like a coconut shell hence its name. It is also notable that the 3 kilometres cave was used as a hiding place by communist terrorists from 1950 to 1960.
Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung,, 31600 Gopeng, Perak
Gaharu Tea Valley
An agarwood plantation just outside of Gopeng, the Gaharu Tea Valley has become a destination for agro-tourism. Agarwood (also known as gaharu in Malay or oud in Arabic) is an aromatic resinous wood that forms within aquilaria trees when infected with a certain sort of mould. It is highly valued for its strong, exotic fragrance as well as its medicinal and health-giving properties. Its prominence in Middle Eastern and Chinese cultures and its high commercial value have led to agarwood becoming rare and endangered in the wild.
Lot 9840, Mukim Sg. Teja, 31600 Gopeng, Perak Malaysia