Located in one of the oldest and earliest tin mining areas in the country, TT5 Maze Park, is the latest eco-tourism attraction by Menteri Besar Incorporated (Perak MB Inc) introduced at Expo Dubai 2020, one of the largest international events in the world attended by 192 countries.
Its subsidiary, Amanjaya TT5 Sdn. Bhd showcased TT5 Maze Park which is located next to the iconic tin mining monument in Kinta Valley National Geopark, Tanjung Tualang Dredger No. 5 (TT5) which has a combined eight unique and lively elements forming a heart-shape structure, using materials synonymous with the state of Perak such as granite and limestone, as well as recycled items and atap rumbia roofs made by Orang Asli.
The TT5 tin dredge and TT5 Maze Park also piqued the interest of Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukry who visited the Perak ecotourism showcase after officiating the Malaysia Pavilion.
Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE, HE Mohd Tarid Sufian, and Malaysian Consulate General in Dubai, HE Mohd Hasril Abdul Hamid, were also present.
Also present was the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Haji Rumaizi Baharin,; Chief Executive Officer of MB Inc. Mr. Anuar Zainal Abidin, and Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Perak Management Berhad, Ms. Nurmalis Musa.
Chief Executive Officer of MB Inc. Mr. Anuar Zainal Abidin, touted that MB Inc. was fortunate to have the opportunity to market Perak tourism, which includes the TT5 Tin Dredge and TT5 Maze Park, on a global scale.
“Perak was once the largest exporter of tin in the world; therefore, visiting the TT5 Maze Park will give Malaysians and international tourists alike an opportunity to learn about the richly diverse history of this forgotten industry, while providing hours of fun and engaging activities for all walks of life.
”Among the other attractions include the Historical Gallery that features artworks by local Perak artists, Stone Maze, Tunnel Maze, Bamboo Maze, Recycle Maze, Murraya Plant; while attractions that would appeal to a younger audience would include an open-concept petting zoo and a bunny maze.
“Also located at the site are Dim Sum – a rustic café that sends visitors back in time with its nostalgic ambiance from the 1970’s”, said Anuar.
In addition, TT5 Maze Park is also one of MB Inc.’s efforts to rehabilitate former mining land into an exciting park that can fascinate the visitors with the wondrous elements of TT5 Maze Park.
“Furthermore, MB Inc is also initiating reforestation by planting 5,200 trees, which include yellow bamboo, murraya, and wild tea trees. Also, in showing support for sustainability for the community, we are using local limestone waste and granite, recycled railway rails and sleepers, and atap rumbia for our infrastructure and landscape,” added Anuar.
Located in Tanjung Tualang, Perak, the TT5 Maze Park is the first phase of a 146 acres Eco Park that resides on the site of an actual tin mine.
Tin mining was one of the key drivers of our country’s economy at the turn of the 20th century, however a culmination of factors eventually led to its downfall, leaving behind massive mining pools where tin dredgers once stood – gargantuan structures that once trawled the lands extracting precious ore; destined to be relegated to the pages of history.
Two years ago, the Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 (TT5) site was given a new lease of life when it was redeveloped as an Eco Park, that will consist of Malaysia’s first Heart-shaped maze that spans a massive 32,000 sq ft with 700 meters worth of maze routes to explore and discover.
Admission to the TT5 Maze Park is granted via the purchase of tickets, which also includes a postcard that can be dropped off in a mailbox located in the heart of the maze.
For more info, please reach TT5 via the website at https://tt5perak.com/ , Facebook Page : TT5 Perak or Instagram @tt5perak.
Now this is called combining the latest technology and old school attractions to add value to tourism products in the state.