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The town with all its old shophouses was pretty much founded and developed in the 1900s' when British army colonized Malaya at that time. During that period many local people including Chinese and Indian migrant work at rubber estates that was formerly owned by British. One of the earliest school was Lunas English School.
Today, there are still many well-preserved gems such as pre-war shophouses, a traditional “wooden bungalow on stilts” post office and also the colonial-style Soon Cheng Sai mansion.