Take a glimpse of Malaysia’s dot and dash history at Taiping Telegraph Museum Virtual Tour.
The Taiping Telegraph Museum is Southeast Asia's first museum dedicated to the history of the telegraph. In 1876, it served as the Telegraph Office at the terminus of the Taiping-Port Weld railroad.
Over time, postal services were added, leading to the creation of the Posts & Telegraph Department. In 1885, it became the first in the Malay States to provide telegraph, telephone, postal, and banking services to the public.
During the tumultuous Japanese occupation in Malaya, the Posts & Telegraph Department was divided into two units: one for postal services and the other for telecommunications services. They were reunited for a short time after the Japanese surrender, then later officially separated into two departments during the establishment of the Malayan Union in 1946.
This historic building, marked by its beautiful colonial architecture, witnessed all these transformation and remains a landmark near and dear to locals.
Explore the nostalgic artefacts, documents, photos and stories to discover how the telegraph system became essential to the sophisticated telecommunications system we know today. There is also a courtyard with plants that have played a role in the nation’s telegraph history.
Drive to Jalan Stesen, Taiping, where the museum is located. If you are taking public transportation, the nearest LRT station is Masjid Jamek LRT station. Muzium Telekom is located 450 metres away on foot.