Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Royal Selangor Visitor Centre with your family and kids:
1. Fun, educational and interactive
Our kids are both at a stage where they are hungry for knowledge, so this tour is a great, interactive way for them to learn about new things.
The tour guide will walk you through the history of Royal Selangor; we learnt how their founder Yong Koon sailed from Shantou, China to Malaya to start his own pewter business. The kids got to see the currency used in the olden days to pay for things.
What Pewter is Made of
There is a giant weighing scale which you can get on, and see how many people is needed to tip the scales.
Chamber of Chimes is another fun room, where kids can have some hands-on experience and hear the different sounds made by the cast pewter and other materials. Also, how pewter of differing heights make a different sound.
The Factory Tour is also interesting, as kids get to view the different processes involved in making a pewter piece, such as casting, polishing and hammering. The kids get to touch the swarf (soft), pewter shavings - the by-products of the polishing process.
2. Free Guided Tour
The guided tour is completely free of charge. Their guides are friendly and knowledgable, and they can speak at least 2 languages each, including English, Mandarin, Malay and Japanese.
Free parking and complimentary wi-fi is also available on site.
Retail space where you can purchase Royal Selangor pewter products
Some of their products, including their signature "lucky melon teapot" (top right)
3. Instagram-worthy photos
Take a photo with the world's largest pewter tankard, located at the entrance of the Visitor Centre.
Or at the Hall of Frames with over 200 different photo frames on display.
Or at the wall of handprints of Royal Selangor employees, a tribute to the craftspeople of Royal Selangor who have worked with the company for at least 5 years and above.
Also, there is a miniature Petronas Twin Towers constructed completely out of 7,062 pewter tankards, at 9.1 meters tall. The actual towers is 50 times taller and measures 452 metres.
4. School of Hard Knocks
For a fee of RM60 per person, you can also attend the "School of Hard Knocks" workshop whereby you will be given the chance to make your own pewter bowl the traditional way. You start off with a flat pewter piece, whereby you get to engrave your name on the back, then using a hammer, slowly shape it into a bowl. Great for de-stressing as well! This is suitable for children aged 4 and above.
You will get to take home your masterpiece and also be presented with a certificate at the end of the 30-minute workshop. Prior reservation is required for this workshop.
There is also another workshop called "The Foundry" (cost RM150 per person), however this is only suitable for adults.
5. The Cafe
After exploring the place, you can unwind at The Cafe (located next to the Retail space). It is a lovely, relaxing space with views of the garden.
They do daily specials which comes with an ice cream and soft drink. During our visit, the daily special is wantan noodles. They also serve Tapping Tapir drinks here as well as Haagen Dazs and The Potong Artisan Pops here.
Hubby had the toasted panini sandwich with pesto chicken - reasonably priced at RM15, and tasted good. Baby D had the spaghetti with homemade pesto (RM17), a generous portion which he managed to finish almost 80% on his own. Do also try their cakes - our recommendations are the lemon raspberry cheesecake (RM12.70) and Guinness chocolate cake (RM12.70). You can view their menu here.
Royal Selangor is about 30-minutes drive from KL city. They also have visitor centres in Clarke Quay, Singapore and Straits Quay, Penang.
Opening times: 9am to 5pm daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays.
Location: Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, 4 Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-4145 6122
GPS Coordinates: 3.196654, 101.723764
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