One of the newest attractions in Taiping, this Telegraph Museum was formerly the Post & Telegraph Office. It was the first such office in Malaya to provide one-stop telegram, telephone, postal and banking facilities to the public since 1885.
The building is located in the heart of Taiping town, along Jalan Stesen. It was the forefront of the earliest railway route in the country, connecting Taiping and Port Weld (now Kuala Sepetang).
As you can imagine, the existence of the telegraph office and railway system was instrumental in the booming tin mining industry in Larut district, generating economic development of Malaya at the time.
The building was subsequently utilised as the Telecommunication Department by Telekom Malaysia (TM).
As the first telegraph museum in Southeast Asia, this establishment highlights the early development of the telecommunications system, especially telegraphy. Therefore, the telegraph system displayed here marks the starting point for the expansion of Malaya’s communications system.
Taiping Telegraph Museum occupies two floors. On the ground floor is where we can learn about the Telegraph Network in Malaya, such as telegraph and Morse Code, the beginning of telegraphy services in Malaysia, and more.
On the upper floor, highlights include the unsung heroes of telegraphy. This also serves as a resource centre for everything related to telecommunications.
The museum’s courtyard, known as the Telegraph Museum Square, is adorned with trees related to telegraph technology. Logs from these tree species were used to make telegraph poles.
While visiting, don’t forget to pay close attention to the design of the building, which features Queen Anne’s architecture in the 1880s to 1890s. It is one of the earliest colonial buildings in Perak, built by the Public Works Department in 1883 at a cost of 4,070 Straits dollar.
Adult – RM8
Child – RM5
Senior – RM5
Student – RM5
Family package (2 adults + 2 children):
Malaysian – RM20
International – RM45
Adult – RM15
Child – RM10
Child – 4 – 12 years old
Senior – 55 years and above
9am – 5pm daily – closed on public holidays
Add: Muzium Telegraf, Jalan Stesen, 34000 Taiping, Perak.
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