- Guided tour of the World's largest pewter maker factory
- Learn the basic of "knocking" tin and make your own tin souvenir
- Learn about early economic history of Kuala Lumpur of tin mining
- Round trip from hotel to pewter factory
- Workshop guided by the local factory artisans
- Guided tour
- Pewter museum and factory entrance fees
- Any amount of people can join.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia capital city, is a city born and developed thanks to the tin extraction industry. As a matter of fact, originally it was not meant to be a capital, rather it was developed as a trading outpost nearby tin mines of the Klang Valley, Selangor. Despite being the country capital, the city was founded much later – places like George Town, Ipoh, Taiping and of course Malacca were way older. Tin mining, trading and and pewter manufacturing became such an important commerce hat the city grew so rapidly to the point that the British decided to move their colonial administration there.
After several decades, of course, although tin extraction remains an active part of Malaysian economy, the tin industry declined and the economy of the country became more diversified. Among all the businesses started in the early period revolving around tin, the “Royal Selangor” remains the oldest and most famous of the very few surviving ones. Currently Royal Selangor is the World’s most famous and largest pewter manufacturer.
The experience proposed here includes a visit to the factory and attending to a basic 30-minutes tin workshop where you will craft your own tin dish/bowl, guided by a local artisan from the factory, using traditional tools (hammer, mallet and wooden mould), as it was done by pewter smiths more than one hundred years ago. You can keep your own made tin souvenir as a memory.
Royal Selangor is one of the largest factories in Kuala Lumpur with its 500 workers. Although it’s called “factory”, working pewter involves a lot of hand work from skilled laborers and artisans. Seeing them close at work is an interesting experience. During your visit it you’ll learn facts about extraction and processing methods, strictly entwined with the city (as well as the factory) economic history.
After the tour is over, you can have tea or coffee at the local coffeehouse or having a look (and if you wish to buy) at the Royal Selangor pewter products.