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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