Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sungai Lembing

Since it was the Chinese New Year and all, we decided to make a day trip to Sungai Lembing which is about 40km from Kuantan. For those of us who can remember our geography lessons from yesteryear, Sg. Lembing was a town built on 1 commodity : tin. It once housed the largest, longest and deepest subterranean tin mine in the world which made it a bustling town until the collapse of the tin market in the 1970s.

Perhaps the most overlooked part of the tin industry since its collapse is the resultant levels of contamination left behind by the mining activities with varying levels of arsenic, iron, copper, lead, manganese, nickel, and zinc leeching into the Kenau river and surrounding areas. You can read the report here

The town itself has 1 main street and is lined by pre World War 2 shophouses on both sides. There are of course other attractions in Sg Lembing. I didn't get to do much as I only spent 2 hours there. But check out this tourism website for more information.

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