The real lost world of Tambun
There is a theme park titled “The Lost World of Tambun Water Theme Park”. I visited one site that should deserve the name the lost world of Tambun.
The crayon liked painting above was neolithic art, that was believed to be 5,000 years old. The fossil found on the hill proven be Paleolithic era (10,000 to 1 million years old). Where is this place? It was less than few hundred meters from North South Highway, and about 5-10 minutes drive from Jaya Jusco Shopping Mall, unbelievable.
I have been longing to visit this site for sometimes. After dropping of Christine to the shopping mall, I went alone (because it requires a bit of hiking). I will write another post about how to get to this place and what to watch out for.
I was alone at the hill site (so you could imagine how little tourists know its existence). Totally unbelievable sight of the precious relics but very little conversation effort by the authority.
The site was discovered by British in 1959 (why it always need foreigners to discover historical siites?), but no proper study was done until 2009 by Universiti Sains Malaysia’s archaeology student. The study indicated over 500 paintings at this site.
The picture above was about the size of 15 x 15 feet. Can you count how many drawings were on the rock surface? Some said on this wall surface alone have about 50 paintings.
The pre historic people use the iron oxide as red paint, and drawn many very interesting animal figures found in Malaysia. I can see tapir (picture above), cat fish, deer or cow and some that were too fainted to make sense of the original appearance. The painting below should be fake. Many vandalism and graffiti drawings were made by irresponsible visitors.
Due to the wide spread of Internet, more people get to know this place. I am doing my part and truly urge our authority to put more effort in conserving these precious relics. To my opinion, these drawings should be treated with higher level of attention. The site was in such as sad state that I used the word ‘miserable’ to describe it.
If you plan to visit Ipoh, I would put this site as the top 3 of the MUST SEE list.