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Address: No 2 Jalan Stoner | Badan Warisan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50450 , Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 (0)3 2144 9273
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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.
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A must see if staying in KL

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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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 

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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 

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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.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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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 

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Guwahati
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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 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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 

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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!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This Malay home in the city is a gem. It is not visited often but if you go you will enjoy this authentic home. The staff is pleasant and they will answer any of your questions. There is a 10 RM entrance fee and the tour is very short. There are some interesting antique pieces in the home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

This treasure is hidden away, almost opposite the Royal Chulan Hotel on Jalan Conley. Tours at 11 and 3 and totally worth the suggested donation of 10 RM. Informative video of how rage building was saved and brilliant tour by member if staff. The rooms all have artefacts and so you can easily imagine how life in the house was.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A real gem in the locale of KL. Recommended by a friend we were staying with as something one could do in the morning before, perhaps, doing 'one or both towers.' For a small fee of 10MR each it provided a marvellous insight to the ways people once lived, conducted business in the community, including the arbitration of legal disputes... More 

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