Tanjung Kubong Tunnel, Malaysia

If history and mystery interests you, then Labuan is one place in Malaysia which you must not miss. The northern tip of the island, Tanjung Kubong has a must see site steeped in history and with many mysteries yet to be solved. A couple of centuries back this place flourished in coal mining activities. The mining activities started in 1847 under the supervision of British authorities and went on for 65 years. Good quality coal was transported from these mines and exported through Victoria Port.

                               (Picture from Wikipedia)

Today what remains of this once active and important trade site are a maze of underground tunnels, deep wells, and corroded cables. The eight mile long rail track, a vital connection then, built by British authorities to transport coal from mines to port doesn’t exist anymore. Shreds of that rail track are all that remains today. After a series of tragedy at the mine, it was shut down. Port Victoria too lost its glory and is now an unused site. The series of tragedy there provided a good background for stories real and unreal ones.

Nearby, a mysterious chimney, 106 feet high red brick stack locally known as Punil stands tall and strong even today. The actual reason or purpose of it is not known. If you are the adventurous type you can venture in to one of those tunnels there, explore and find the exit. A nearby well will provide you with more adventurous opportunity. It is ten feet wide, 100 feet deep with doorways to more tunnels at the bottom of the well. Just one word of caution: many of the tunnels are unexplored yet, so don’t overdo anything in excitement lest you get lost there!

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13 Responses

  1. Nice write-up prompting the readers to long for a visit to the place. Venturing into the tunnels as suggested by you may however turn out to be disastrous as we may end up in a 'maze of no return'. How then do we read your next blog? 🙂

  2. Bikramjit says:

    and Now i want to see these also 🙂

    and yes i will keep in mind the tunnels dont want to get lost now 🙂


  3. Interesting place with an equally interesting history. Nice article Indrani.

  4. George says:

    I'm not sure I'm adventurous enough (or brave enough) to explore the tunnels. But it dos sound like an interesting place to see.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    I agree with George — I'm not adventurous or brave enough to explore, but it does sound fascinating!! Hope your week is going well, Indrani!!

  6. A great article. I am delighted.

  7. sounds lovely, I am not very well traveled and tend to go somewhere, like it and go back.

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

  8. It is fascinating indeed. Would love to go there some day.


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  9. Cloudia says:

    you lead us to wonders, you faery!

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  10. An anonymous chimney. How funny and strange!

    Thanks for this neat post.

  11. sounds like a really interesting place..

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