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A Memorable Field Trip Exploring Nature’s Treasures

10 Aug 2023

A group of 43 Chinese Medicine students and 8 lecturers from IMU set out on a captivating expedition to explore three destinations in Penang on 21 and 22 June 2023.

The first stop on this journey was the Eagle and Pagoda Brand Teck Aun Medical Factory. Founded in 1936, this Chinese traditional herbal medicine manufacturer has established itself as a pioneer in the industry. Renowned for their production of “Teck Aun Chi Kit Pills” which are formulated using carefully selected Chinese herbs and superior-quality roots, the factory has gained widespread recognition for their efficacy in alleviating ailments such as stomach aches, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and even travel sickness.

Under the gracious introduction and warm welcome by Dato Oon Kee Loong, the company director, students had the privilege of witnessing the intricate manufacturing process and gaining insights into the rich history and significance of Chinese herbal medicine.


From there, the group ventured into the lush and captivating realm of the Tropical Spice Garden. Spanning five acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, this botanical treasure trove is home to over 500 living specimens of exotic flora sourced from various corners of the world.

With a diverse range of plant species on display, students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a sensory feast of vibrant colours, intoxicating aromas, and fascinating botanical knowledge. It was an educational experience that deepened their understanding of the natural world’s remarkable diversity and the importance of preserving our precious ecosystems.

The final destination was the Ghee Hup nutmeg factory, an enchanting place where nutmeg plants are cultivated to produce a myriad of nutmeg-based products. From ointments to drinks, the owner harnesses the natural benefits of this spice to create a range of innovative offerings. Students were captivated by the cultivation process, witnessing firsthand the careful nurturing of nutmeg plants and the intricate methods employed to transform them into various valuable products.


Throughout this university field trip, both students and lecturers were deeply engaged in the exploration of Malaysia’s cultural and natural heritage of Chinese medicine. The journey not only broadened their horizons but also provided invaluable hands-on experiences that cannot be replicated within the confines of a classroom. Students had the opportunity to connect theoretical knowledge with real-world applications, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Chinese Medicine. As the trip came to an end, the group returned to the university with hearts full of gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and lessons learned.

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