Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

1. Ho Yan Hor Museum, Ipoh

With Ernest Zacharevic’s Evolution wall mural on the side wall of this building, it has certainly attracted a lot of visitors over the past year and a half.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

2. the cardboard cut-out of founder of Ho Yan Hor (now Hovid Berhad), Dr. Ho Kai Cheong, when he just started out selling his herbal tea

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

3. Ho Yan Hor…The Beginning

However, many were not aware that behind the closed doors of this building, massive restoration works were carried out almost around the clock for the last ten months.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

4. the Ho Yan Hor Story

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

5. a section of the exhibition

This Saturday, Jan 16, it is finally ready to receive its first public visitors.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

6. a selection of the 24 types of herbs used to brew the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

7. the kitchen with food in the meat safe and stove to give off a sense of family quarters within the shop

This two-storey shophouse, which belongs to the Ho family of Hovid Berhad, is steep in history for the Ho Yan Hor brand of herbal tea. It was last year that the family decided to utilise the shop that has been left vacant for several years.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

8. a collection of kitchen items, food stuff and toiletries that were popular in the old days

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

9. a photo of the new factory along Jalan Kuala Kangsar and the herbs being sun dried

And this was how ipohWorld, led by its director Commander (R) Ian Anderson, came into the picture, following the successful restoration of their earlier project; the building next door, Han Chin Pet Soo.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

10. on the first floor

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

11. Dr Ho’s study

This building, painted blue, believed to be its original colour, has been restored to the best of their knowledge based on old photos and research, as well as through the memory of Dr. Ho Kai Cheong’s descendants, particularly his eldest son, David Ho.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

12. some exhibits

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

13. English tea urn (1930)

On the ground floor, which will have a modern tea bar where Ho Yan Hor tea will be sold, is where visitors can learn all about the inception of the Ho Yan Hor company and its subsequent success.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

14. a public service advertisement written by Ho Kai Cheong extols the virtues of punctuality for wise men

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

15. original advertising

At the back portion of the building is a kitchen and replica of the stove where the herbal tea leaves were dried in a large wok.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

16. Dr. Ho Kai Cheong’s calligraphy set

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

17. the evolution of the tea sachet

As the Ho family lived in this shophouse too, many household items, as well as a laundry room, have been added in to depict the presence of a family.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

18. marketing vehicles through the years

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

19. a section of the upper floor

On the first floor, exhibits are mainly about the man himself (Dr. Ho Kai Cheong) and the new tea factory along Kuala Kangsar Road. With a new premises, the family relocated and this shophouse was left to become a storage facility-cum-retail store, until the 1960s.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

20. photo shoot with a typical mobile Ho Yan Hor tea seller

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

21. a mini theatre where short videos of Ho Yan Hor will be screened

While many items within the building have been reconstructed or replaced entirely, such as the façade and roof, all the artefacts of Dr. Ho Kai Cheong are from the personal collection of the Ho family.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

22. another section of the museum on the upper floor

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

23. two paintings by Dr. Ho Kai Cheong when he was in his 80s

Even as the gallery is ready this Saturday, it continues to be a work in progress. A vintage commercial van has been purchased in the United Kingdom and will be shipped to Ipoh later this year. It will be painted with Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea motifs like the old days.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

24. work horse of the world

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

25. a bust of Dr. Ho Kai Cheong

As you can see, this “museum” is actually a monument to honour Dr. Ho, as the founder of Ho Yan Hor, which subsequently grew to its current status as a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Malaysia.

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

26. art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau busy painting a corner of the museum

Ho Yan Hor Museum Ipoh

27. Ho Yan Hor Museum with Ernest Zacharevic’s Evolution wall mural

Ho Yan Hor Museum
Add: No. 1, Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 35.779′ E101° 04.742′

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily, except Mondays
Admission: free of charge

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