We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: No 2 Jalan Stoner | Badan Warisan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50450 , Malaysia
Phone Number: 60321449273
Website
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is originally a village headman’s residence...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 87 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A feel of old kampong life in the city

The house and its peripheral is a wealth of history and tradition of the Malays. Apart from my mum, the rest of us teens enjoyed the experience of a traditional Malay home very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
HanselHan
,
Singapore, Singapore

Similar Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

Add Photo Write a Review

87 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Level Contributor
85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Having seen something about this on a travel show we thought we would take a look at this example of preserved heritage. Had to work hard to find the location before we set off and even harder when we were almost there. Ended up walking a long way out of our way, only to find we had been 500 metres... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The house and its peripheral is a wealth of history and tradition of the Malays. Apart from my mum, the rest of us teens enjoyed the experience of a traditional Malay home very different from the current Malay kampong houses we see. The site is behind the Pavilion, opposite Royal Chulan, away from the city buzz which helped create the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

As exploring Malaysia's culture, I came across this small compound with some native/old Malay houses standing. If you didn't join a tour you can not enter but of course you may take some photos outside. There's a small fee/donation as you enter the site. It is located on Jalan Stonor near/adjacent to the Royal Chulan hotel. Surely one of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
London, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
131 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This place is a must see gem of a traditional Malaysian house from the 1900's. It is truly beautiful and gives an insight into life in a traditional home of a village chief. It's slightly hidden away amongst the surrounding tall buildings that are all around - but do go and find it. Its just 10 minutes from the Twin... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
scotland
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Guide had superb English and certainly knew her subject. They suggest a voluntary donation of 10MR but I would have gladly bought a ticket for triple that. We were given bug spray and a fan (as we were wandering through the gardens) and we were offered chilled water at the end of the tour (about 1hr). It's directly across the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Denver, CO
Level Contributor
78 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was under the impression that tours were from 11am - 3pm. The tours are not between these times, but are only offered at these times. I wish their website said something to this effect.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level Contributor
48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Surrounded by tall modern buildings, this little gem of Malaysian history is a must see! The tour is short but we were free to wander through this amazing chief's house. The inside is filled with artifacts and furniture that would have been in a house like this in the early 1900s. The tour was 10 ringgit a person. I was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Guwahati
Level Contributor
88 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Before i visited the place i heard so much of ah & oh from the hotel people that i was expecting much more. It does have historical relevance... it was a beautiful structure too... but i won't go out of my way to visit it again or ask advice anyone to. If you have nothing much to do in KL... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I never knew such place at the heart of KL until one fine day I have an awkward one hour to bring friends (from foreign country) to walk around. Location is convenient. Two introduction sessions (11am, 3 pm) to join. Informative, interesting, and relaxing. Even for a local like myself, who has been to the Malay friends' houses, who would... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Great place to visit with an immense amount of historical relevance and knowledge from the guide. To see and learn about the history of Malaysia in both Colonial and cultural times. How they moved and restored the house was amazing. Well worth the visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Rumah Penghulu also viewed

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
 
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
 

Been to Rumah Penghulu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rumah Penghulu

Address: No 2 Jalan Stoner | Badan Warisan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia
Phone Number: 60321449273
Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Wilayah Persekutuan  >  Kuala Lumpur
Average Prices: USD 10 - 10

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rumah Penghulu staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?