JOHOR BARU - It was like entering a secret chamber filled with treasures such as ancient maps, scrolls, old currencies and antique ceramics.
Nobody would have thought that such a priceless collection was hidden in a small nook within a fishing village in Kota Tinggi district.
This private museum is accessible only to a select few.
Its businessman owner was suspicious of us but later agreed to show us his collection after we convinced him we were antique collectors.
"I understood the worth of antiques from a young age. I used to cheat my friends by offering them five sen for whatever old coins that they could find at home," he quipped.
Every piece he bought had a story behind it, he said, claiming that he even owned a rare coin minted in Malacca in 1621.
The collection - divided into several sections - starts with the less expensive items to the most priceless.
The "cheaper" collection includes a 1950 vintage car, several British-made motorycles, a dentist chair and a barber chair from the 1960s, shelves full of antique radios, coal-fired irons, weighing scales, stand fans and even a collection of old school coffee pots.
The rarer items include animal-shaped currency and money tree coins minted in the 15th century locked inside glass cabinets.
Another shelf was filled with ceramics which he claimed dated back to the Ming Dynasty.