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Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

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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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Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a traditional Malay house located just a short walk from KL Craft Complex within the Badan Warisan Malaysia area. I joined the guided tour at 11am and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
harrymikael80
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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a traditional Malay house located just a short walk from KL Craft Complex within the Badan Warisan Malaysia area. I joined the guided tour at 11am and there was a minimum donation of RM10. Before the guided tour started, the guide let me to watch a short documentary video of the restoration process for the... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Excellent. Go there. Now. (But not on Sundays, it's closed). Guided tours are at 11am and and 3pm, you need to be there for those times - I don't think you can visit without the tour. A minimum donation of RM10 each is expected, but its well worth the small cost. What you get is a little oasis of history... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

me and my partner came to visit badan warisan to visit some of the work that was going on. I personally have a personal interest in heritage of my beautiful country. There was also a talk going on so my partner and i relished our luck to watch some of the local art scene. i as very rudely told to... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This traditional Malay house is located opposite, across the street from The Royale Chulan hotel. You can only enter into the house at 11am and 3pm with the guided tour. Since I went there around 12:30pm, I only allowed to view the house and took some photos from the outside. I hope on the future they can place 1 staff... More 

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BadanWarisanMalaysia, Manager at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, responded to this review

Hello Hisham, Thank you for your review. Because we operate a full time office, our guided tours are limited to 11am and 3pm, allowing internal staff to act as guides at these time slots. We do tours at different times as well, provided a booking inquiry is made in advance. Hope the above helps and thank you for your visit!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

If you like to learn about the culture and history when you travel, this is the place to go. The house is so well preserved and presented, the organization dose an anazing job maintaining the house, studying the history of it, and keep the stories for the generations to come. So make sure you go at 11am or 3pm for... More 

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Thank Kate H
BadanWarisanMalaysia, Manager at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, responded to this review

Hello Kate H, Thank you for this wonderful review! It made our day :) The NGO responsible for the restoration of the house is the Badan Warisan Malaysia, otherwise known as the Malaysian Heritage Trust. You can visit us at www.badanwarisanmalaysia.org. More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

This carefully restored house with its skillfully carved woodwork provides a delightful refuge amongst the towering hotels and shopping malls of Bukit Bintang. The staff are really passionate and knowledgeable about their house as if they know they must be under threat of having to dismantle it again and move elsewhere. The insights into life 100 and more years ago... More 

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BadanWarisanMalaysia, Manager at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, responded to this review

Hi Bebobbed, Thank you for your review! Yes it's a little hard by foot especially since we are surrounded by all these tall buildings. We're glad you made it here though :D Best Regards, Badan Warisan Malaysia More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Go see how a " kampong " house is like . Kampong means village. Interesting architecture. Village house in the middle of the city surrounded by tall modern buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

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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BadanWarisanMalaysia, Manager at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, responded to this review

Hello June Thank you for your review! Yes the mosquitoes bug us too, but we hope you were given bug sprays before you went out- we usually give them to our guests who do the tours. We are glad you enjoyed the tour :) cheers! Badan Warisan Malaysia. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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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