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Sunday, 2 July 2017

(The Star) Gallery to show Bentong’s rich history

BENTONG: The Bentong Gallery was opened with much fanfare to celebrate the rich history of the former mining town.

The gallery in Jalan Loke Yew was converted from two 100-year-old shophouses that used to be the office of Bentong’s founding father Loke Yew.

“Many people know that Loke Yew contributed greatly to the development of Kuala Lumpur, few people know he played a prominent role in the development of Bentong, too,” said Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the opening attended by about 150 people.

He added that Kuala Lumpur and Bentong remained closely connected, with Bentong growing to become a satellite town of the country’s capital.

The gallery showcases the town’s history from when it was founded in the 1890s till today, with three languages used: Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese.

“I believe when you view the history and articles on display, you will be able to visualise how our forefathers lived,” said Liow.

He said the Bentong Gallery demonstrated that old buildings do not always have to make way for development but can be converted into tourist attractions.

Visitors can also find a mini cafe and tourist information counter in the gallery, where local products such as Musang King gelato and ginger tea are sold.