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Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Sungai Lembing
Sungai Lembing Town As Seen From Bukit Panorama

Sungai Lembing Town
Cowboy Town - Sungai Lembing today

Sungai Lembing Mine
One of the Entrance to Sungai Lembing Mine

Gua Charas
Gua Charas near Sungai Lembing

Sungai Lembing was Pahang's richest manufacturer of tin. Once, this city was even dubbed the Malays States very own El-Dorado, as it was here that a special settlement for British officers was located.

The history of tin-mining is believed to have started since the prehistoric period, and it was once intensively mined by the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL), a British company, from 1906 until its liquadation in 1986.

Sungai Lembing is located approximately 42 kilometers from Kuantan. It is easily accessible by a good road network.

Largest Subterranean Mine in the World

Sungai Lembing was once the largest subterranean mine in the world. The underground tunnels or known locally as "pengkang" were dug manually, with the occasional usage of explosives. Before any mining work was undertaken, geologists would identify tin deposits areas to ensure continuous operation and profitability of the mines.

The deepest tunnel is the Myah Mines and measured 700 metres below ground. The Taibeto Mine is 500 metres and the distance between each tunnel is about 30 metres, while the overall length of the tunnels is approximately 322 kilometres.

These underground tunnels are now unstable and no longer safe to visit due to disuse, constant flooding, and cave-ins.

Sungai Lembing Museum

The Sungai Lembing Museum is managed by the Department of Museums Malaysia with the objectives of disseminatiing information and exhibition on the historical evidence of this region and Pahang as a whole. The Sungai Lembing Museum was built to re-live the glorious days of Sungai Lembing.

Among the exhibits are:
1. Mining Memoir - protraits, bibliographies, furnishings of the yesteryears.
2. Economics of Mining - displays administrative and economic achievement
3. Mining Tools and Clothes - tools and equipments used.

Bukit Panorama

Visitors can hike Bukit Panorama to get a picturesque view of Sungai Lembing Town. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the view point of Bukit Panorama.

Source: Sungai Lembing Museum

There are many more to be discovered. Go there to learn about our natural heritage.

How to go to Sungai Lembing Historical Heritage

Use the Karak Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. Exit at Kuantan tol and follow the signboard to Sungai Lembing.

Updated on 2nd April 2008

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