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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 #20 of 108 attractions in Kuala Lumpur
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

While in the middle of the rush and continuous construction in KL, we also wanted to get a little exposure to some more traditional Malay culture and living. This was a great way to find out about some of the unique architecture of a typical wood house. The tour includes a chance to walk around, under, and through all of... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

After reading review from TA, we decided to pay a visit. Firstly, make sure you bring 10 Ringgit (tour guide provided and they will ask you to put the money into a 'donation box') and a very good mosquito repellent, even though they may offer it to you. It was a beautiful building and had a very interesting history behind... More

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Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is actually my late grandfather's cousin's house. It was brought over from Kedah. I went there with my late grandfather once bcos he really wanted to go and see the state of the house. I think he was satisfied. My grandfather has since passed away.

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Fremantle, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you're interested in local culture and history, go. If you're not interested in that kind of stuff, go anyway. A visit to this traditional Malay house is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and construction of the rest of KL. Friendly and welcoming staff, great tour guides, and informative video at the end of the tour. Highly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I had trouble finding this place by public transportation so I gave in and took a taxi. Well worth the 10 MR entrance donation. This traditional Malay house was transported from Kedah. It was very interesting how they were built to facilitate easy relocation. There was a short nicely done video about the whole process of moving the house to... More

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