Crumbling heritage houses in Papan, Malaysia. The former tin mining town is at the centre of a struggle between residents who’d like to turn it into a tourist attraction and those who’d prefer to leave just how it is. Photo: Philippe Durant
Crumbling heritage houses in Papan, Malaysia. The former tin mining town is at the centre of a struggle between residents who’d like to turn it into a tourist attraction and those who’d prefer to leave just how it is. Photo: Philippe Durant
History

Might a Malaysian ‘ghost town’ become a tourist attraction? Its elderly residents aren’t convinced

  • Papan was once a busy tin mining town and has a number of heritage buildings, such as the palace of founder and former ruler, Raja Bilah, and its mosque
  • But moves to renovate and restore the buildings have been met with suspicion by descendants of the tin miners still living there, who fear change

Crumbling heritage houses in Papan, Malaysia. The former tin mining town is at the centre of a struggle between residents who’d like to turn it into a tourist attraction and those who’d prefer to leave just how it is. Photo: Philippe Durant
Crumbling heritage houses in Papan, Malaysia. The former tin mining town is at the centre of a struggle between residents who’d like to turn it into a tourist attraction and those who’d prefer to leave just how it is. Photo: Philippe Durant
READ FULL ARTICLE