360° Virtual Tour of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

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Behind the scenes: the video shooting for the Rumah Penghulu Virtual Tour.

Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust) is proud to launch the 360° Virtual Tour of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, made possible by funding from Yayasan Sime Darby. We are very grateful for this kind support that enabled us to document and preserve our Heritage Asset as well as share this lovely traditional timber Malay house with people from all walks of life around Malaysia and the world.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ekuiti Nasional Berhad for sponsoring the restoration and repair programme of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman for the year 2022.

The virtual tour project began in early June this year and was completed in early December 2022. We aim to engage with our potential future visitors – both local and international – by bringing part of the traditional Malay house’s vernacular architectural and cultural experience into the comfort of their home, digitally. The virtual tour will allow visitors to experience a self-guided tour of our Rumah Penghulu and access information on selected display items.

With the official launch of this virtual tour, we hope to educate on items of architectural and cultural significance, the importance of a traditional Malay house as well as increase awareness and appreciation for Malaysian heritage.

Click to the link HERE to experience the virtual tour of the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman.

Click HERE to watch a video of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, located at Badan Warisan Malaysia’s headquarters at No. 2 Jalan Stonor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please check our website for visiting hours.

Virtual Tour Tips

  • There are two (2) language options – English and Bahasa Malaysia – for the tour narration. You may choose the language at the start of the tour.
  • Click on the white arrow to navigate around the house and move your cursor around to explore the 360° views of the house and each section.
  • Look for the ‘i’ icon in red for more information on selected display items.

BWM Talk Series: The Traditional Malay House

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia, with support from Iltizam by Ekuinas

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Time: 10.30 AM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: The Traditional Malay House
Speaker: Ar. Lim Take Bane
Moderator: Ar. Anand Krishnan
Venue: Virtual – Zoom Webinar
Free Admission

About The Talk

This talk shall be on the traditional Malay house as found in the various states of Peninsular Malaysia. It shall be an introduction to the vernacular architecture of this region which has been honed to near perfection in terms of climatic control, through centuries of living in harmony and sustainably with the local hot and humid tropical climate.

The traditional Malay house is the physical manifestation of the creative and aesthetic skills of Malay craftsmen and forms part of Malaysia’s built cultural heritage. The Malay house embodies the way of life and incorporates the various social and cultural requirements of the Malays. This architecture has regional variations, multifunctional spaces, design flexibility and a prefabrication system which can extend the house to suit the growing needs of the occupants.

The forces of change through modern development, urbanisation plus cultural and social values, have threatened the traditional Malay house form’s continued existence into the future. Many valuable lessons can be gleaned from this beautiful vernacular architecture to fulfil the present and future housing needs of ordinary Malaysians. It will certainly help in defining and developing a more Malaysian identity in architecture.

About the Speaker

Ar. Lim Take Bane appreciates fine heritage architecture. His keen interest in built heritage conservation stems from the time when he was studying architecture in Canterbury, Kent and when he trained and worked as a professional architect in the United Kingdom (1976 – 1984).

He hails from Kuala Lumpur and was schooled at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He is a Fellow of the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) or Malaysian Institute of Architects, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a founding Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) and a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM). He was a member of the Faculty of the Built Environment – Department of Architecture, University of Malaya.

About the Moderator

Anand was educated at the University of New South Wales, Sydney University and Harvard University. He has worked in various offices including Liu Thai Ker, Kerry Hill, Woods Bagot and M Moser and is the principal of Manufakture Design Sdn Bhd and Anand Krishnan Architect. Outside practice, he has written extensively on architecture and urban design and has been teaching senior design studios in local and overseas universities for over 10 years. Since 2019, he has been a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia. In his spare time, he loves to sketch places he visits.


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We are pleased to announce that the BWM Christmas Fair is back this year!

Date: Sunday, 4 December 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Heritage Centre, No. 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: RM10 entry fee towards heritage preservation. #ShopForAGoodCause

Thanks to your amazing support during our last Christmas Fair, we are happy to organize another Christmas Fair this year! Come and find your perfect gifts here. There will be handmade crafts, artisanal items, vintage jewelry, baked goods and more!

*Call for volunteers*
If you are a member of Badan Warisan Malaysia, we would love for you to volunteer and help us during the fair. We need 5-6 volunteers. Please contact Rosmiza at membership@badanwarisan.org.my for more information.

Thank you.

#BWMChristmasFair #ShopForAGoodCause #HeritageMalaysia #BadanWarisanMalaysia

Charity Gala Premiere of ‘Spilt Gravy – Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah’

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We are delighted to announce that ZSA Productions will be hosting a Charity Gala Premiere in aid of Badan Warisan Malaysia for the movie screening of ‘Spilt Gravy – Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah’. The event will be graced with the presence of YTM Raja Dato’ Seri Eleena binti Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-lah. This movie is mainly in English with BM subtitles and is set to be released in cinemas on 9 June 2022. The director and one of the star actors in this movie is our Vice President, Dato’ Zahim Albakri.

Charity Gala Premiere Movie Screening Details
Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Time: 8.00PM
Venue: DADI Cinema, Level 5, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Price: RM200 per seat

Tentative Schedule for Charity Gala Premiere

6:00 – 7:15 pmGuest arrival
7:25 pmAppearance of cast and director
7:30 pmWelcome intro by MC
Doa Selamat
7:35 pmIntroduction of cast
7:45 pmBWM guests to enter Hall 2
8:00 pmFilm starts
9:55 pmFilm ends

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Only 220 seats are available exclusively for BWM guests. Seat allocation (after payment) will be on a first come, first served basis.

Tax-exempt receipt is available with the provision of details requested in the form above. Please email info@badanwarisan.org.my for more information.

Meet the stars of the movie & support for a good cause!

Watch the trailer HERE.

For more information about the movie, please visit spiltgravy.com

Happy New Year 2022

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We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. This past year was challenging for all of us as we adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We would like to express our appreciation for your tremendous support over the years, and we wish you all the best as we enter a brand-new year. 

Book and Collectible Fair 2022

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Badan Warisan Malaysia is pleased to organize Book and Collectable Fair 2022!

Date: 6 – 8 January 2022 (Thursday – Saturday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: No. 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

We have selections of antique colonial furniture, exquisite crystals, glassware and pewters, Turkish copper pots, Khmer artworks, fine linens, selendangs and scarves, semi-precious Indian jewelry, branded ballpoint and fountain pens, ornaments and ceramics, framed pictures, vinyl records, DVDs and cassette tapes. There will also be a selection of preloved books for sale that include coffee table books on art, architecture, topical biographies, Malaysiana, cookbooks and children’s books.

All items are on an “as is where is” basis and will be sold on first come, first served basis from 6 January 2022. Cash/credit cards accepted. No exchange, no refund.

Following Covid-19 guidelines – the maximum capacity within BWM’s Heritage Centre is limited to 30 members and visitors at a time.


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Our Heritage Centre and Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman will be operating on four days a week (except on Public Holidays) from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10.00am to 5.00pm starting this week. Guided tours at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman are available at 3.00pm with a maximum in group of 15 persons.

BWM Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre will be open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00am to 5.00pm, with a maximum number of 4 persons.

Appointments are recommended for guided tours for Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman and visits to the Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre.

For general inquiries and guided tour bookings, email us at heritage@badanwarisan.org.my. Please email library@badanwarisan.org.my on any inquiries and to book your appointment for visiting our library.

All members and visitors are required to follow government guidelines on SOPs, which include showing proof of vaccination status, wearing a mask and observing physical distancing.

BWM Talk Series: East Indiaman: The World of Francis Light by Rose Gan

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Time: 5:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: East Indiaman: The World of Francis Light
Venue: Virtual – Zoom Webinar
Free Admission


KL-based author Rose Gan, accompanied by her daughter, Zoe, as the moderator for this talk, will speak about her newly released book entitled ‘Dragon’. This book is the first volume in the Penang Chronicles, which tells the story of Captain Francis Light and his partner, as well as the backstory of the British settlement of Penang. This new series of historical fiction features real historical characters and events from 18th-century Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Britain.

Before Stamford Raffles of Singapore fame, before Rajah Brooke of Borneo fame, there was Captain Francis Light, the 18th-century trailblazer in the Malay Archipelago. From humble origins in Suffolk, England, Light struggled against the social prejudices of his day. His subsequent adventures as a naval officer and country ship captain took him from India to Sumatra, the Straits of Malacca to Siam, through shipwreck, sea battles, pirate raids and tropical disease. But Light’s most difficult challenge was his ultimate dream: to establish a British port in the Indies on behalf of the East India Company.

Want to find out who his partner was? Register and participate in our webinar to find out many more fascinating details in Rose’s book!


British by birth, Rose Gan studied Ancient and Medieval History with Latin and Greek at University of Birmingham. Gan first arrived in Kuala Lumpur in 1978 and has been living and working between both UK and Southeast Asia ever since. Married to a Malaysian, and formerly a teacher of History, Latin and Classics, Gan was also Vice Chair for Museums of the Indonesian Heritage Society, a guide and docent in Museum National Indonesia, Jakarta, and Muzium Negara and the Textile Museum in KL. In addition to lecturing to cultural associations, Gan has been actively involved with museum publications in Malaysia and Indonesia, both as a writer and editor.