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
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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

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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
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