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Rumah Penghulu

No 2 Jalan Stoner | Badan Warisan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50450 , Malaysia
+60 (0)3 2144 9273
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Ranked #12 of 112 attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is originally a village headman’s residence relocated from Kedah to the garden of the Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage... more » Owner description: The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is originally a village headman’s residence relocated from Kedah to the garden of the Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Centre in Kuala Lumpur in 1996-7 where it was restored and refurbished. Open by guided tours only, 11a.m. and 3.00 p.m., Mondays to Saturday except on public holidays. Winner of an Honourable Mention in the 2000 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation & a Merit Award, 2003 ASEANTA Awards for Conservation. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Badan warisan did a very great job in preserving the old buildings! I went to the other two badan warisan's project (suffolk & 8th heeran st) last year and fell in love with their work n dedication. Finally managed to go to rumah penghulu this year. Usually i hate anything related to history or old stuff but i enjoyed so... More

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Rumah Penghulu. Exquisite building and a fascinating vernacular archictecture. Interesting historical sight. The peace and calm in the midst of bustling KL is wonderful. The tour guide was excellent - sympathetic and very informative.

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Tuusula, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I found it hard to find this place, as it wasn't in any of the maps. Google maps did help and I could say that it is in the corner of Jalan Stonor and Jalan Conlay opposite of the big fancy hotel there. I arrived just little after 3pm and luckily tour didn't start yet and they gave option to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The tour takes just 30 minutes, so there's no excuse really to not do it. Check the times of the guided tours, because these are the best way to experience it, with an explanation of the house, its recovery and the details of usage for each of its rooms. I was also happy to donate an extra for its preservation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

It was great to see Malay cultural icons being preserved from destructive force of modernisation. The house itself is not grand nor awesome. But the guided tour provided the context and cultural insights that brought the house to life. It was very interesting to learn about traditional Malay weddings, social systems, and daily way of life. The tour guide was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

If you are in the Pavillion mall in KL you should take a 15 minute detour walk to this awesome Malay house. Tours are at 11 or 3 and are very interesting. The house itself is of a style not often seen in the Western world and the tour guide provides some odd and illuminating insights into how rural Malaysians... More

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Riberac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We had a really interesting visit and informative guided tour by Gee of the traditional Malay House and how many Malays used to and some still do live. It is a very valuable part of the Malaysian Heritage preserved and nestled away in the busy centre of KL. It is non government funded. There is no entrance fee but a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

It is not 3.8km away from KLCC as pointed out in trip advisor map. It is very close to KLCC. If you want to go, use google map to find it's location.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

A wonderful thing about Royale Chulan Hotel (where I stayed) is that it is located right opposite the Badan Warisan, which is KL's Cultural and Heritage Centre/Body and is housed in a beautiful white colonial bungalow - we rarely see any more of these so do walk across and visit the building. [You'll notice the same timbre colonial style flooring... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I read the top review from Frommer's and expected much more out of this place. It's ok. Like other reviewers have said, Malay heritage in the shadows of Kuala Lumpur highrises. I expected something more like the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok which is much better. Go if you have time. But don't sacrifice something better in KL to spend... More

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