The Grand Old Lady (Miri Well)

Location: Sarawak

Location Info

Address: Miri Visitors Information Centre
Office Number: +6085 434180 / +6085 434181

District » Miri


The grand old lady is located on Canada Hill in Miri, the second largest state in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Canada Hill is also known as Bukit Telaga Minyak by the locals and it is popular for the first oil well drilled - The Grand Old Lady.


The Grand Old Lady is not a literal old lady. It is Miri's first drilled oil well which took place in the year of 1910 by Shell Company. The Grand Old Lady is one of Miri's many main places of interest and also act as an important monument in the eyes of the local's and definitely, the world's. This famous landmark has a height of 30 meters and marked the beginning of modernization of Miri city as back in the years before the discovery of The Grand Old Lady, Miri is just an undeveloped fishing village.

There is a museum named the Petroleum Museum situated just next to The Grand Old Lady. If you're looking for an educational tour, the Grand Old Lady and the Petroleum Museum will be the best place. On the hill, you will see a model named the Nodding Donkey that is used to erect the crude oil. There is also a site of Time Capsule. There are many exhibits and modals in the museum include a scaled oil platform, tools used back in the days to extract crude oil and definitely, the products made. History and the processes involve the extraction of crude oil to the process and end products are all written down and elaborated.

Accommodation and shopping in Miri is not much difference than the others in Sarawak. There are a wide range of hotels and shopping malls offered by Miri. Popular hotels like Mega Hotel, Park City Everly Hotel and Imperial Hotel are always packed with guests due to their strategic position. Famous shopping malls include Bintang Mall, Merdeka Mall and Boulevard Mall. The best place to purchase souvenirs in Miri is the Heritage Centre where you have the chance to see the process of crafting. Prices offered there are reasonable and affordable. Of course, you can bargain with the friendly buyers to get a better price.


There are no bus services available to reach this destination. So, you can get to The Grand Old Lady (Miri Well) either by foot or by a taxi ride using the street named Jalan Setia Raja. After SJK North, drive along the road and you will spot it on the right hand side of Jalan Miri - Pujut.