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Address: 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia
Phone Number: +603-2144 9273
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Beautiful Serenity in the City

We visited this traditional Malay House in Kuala Lumpur, which is not that easy to find and not well advertised but is well worth making the effort to get there. The guide was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
June S
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Aberdeen
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this traditional Malay House in Kuala Lumpur, which is not that easy to find and not well advertised but is well worth making the effort to get there. The guide was a very informative, jolly lady, who knew her stuff. Go inside the house to register, (we went on 3pm tour) the guide then takes you outside to... More 

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1 Thank June S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Very nice place!! You'll never believe that this kind of places are still present in a big city as KL

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Thank Marcos C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Try to be a part of a group 8-10 people to get private tour in this heritage house. In this case a very knowledgeable staff will introduce you to customs and culture of "old" Malaysia. You will learn about traditional household, family roles and will be allowed to test old kitchen equipment yourself. After the tour you can eat traditional... More 

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2 Thank KZTraveller
York, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Found this just opposite our hotel (Royal Chulan). Fascinating tour with a very knowledgeable guide, describing traditional Malay lifestyle inside this preserved house. Definitely worth a visit!

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3 Thank Martin H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

We spent a very interesting hour here. First you watch a short film about the background of the project and then a well informed, engaging woman takes you on a detailed tour of the house. Mozzie spray, fans and water all included in the RM 10 fee. ( do remember to spray your feet as well ). The house is... More 

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3 Thank Tina D
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Was very informative and interesting. The woman that did the tour was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend if you have an hour or two to fill

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2 Thank awkwardmax
Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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 

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Thank Jools053
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 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 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 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 

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