Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman


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The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was owned by the local headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu, Kedah. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996-1997) by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining examples of Malay vernacular architecture. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with its many high rise buildings, the Rumah Penghulu is surrounded by a traditional herb & heritage garden which has over 50 species of trees & plants of environmental, cultural & historic interest to Malaysians.

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

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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.

Are you a member of an organisation that is part of the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) network? Please present your membership card to enjoy a complimentary tour of the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman.





All Rights Reserved to Badan Warisan Malaysia

Guided tours are great for if you want a general overview & introduction of the house and lifestyle. Each tour is approximately 30-40 minutes with an optional 20 minute video which shows the original relocation & restoration of the house.

3.00pm, Tuesdays – Fridays
Closed on Public Holidays
Minimum Donation RM10/person
Phone:+603-2144 9273



Curated Programmes are an extended tour which provides an in-depth experience to learn about the way of life, customs, traditions, architecture as well as the environment of the Malaysian lifestyle.


For children, educational programmes consist of activity sheets, hands-on experience, demonstrations, role- play as well as games. Children will learn about parts of the house, language and traditions.


For youth, curated programmes can be an architectural tour, cultural tour or a combination. This programme gives a deeper understanding of the restoration & relocation process of the house and may be conducted by an architect.


For adults, curated programmes offer a cultural perspective of the Kampung lifestyle. This programme looks at the general restoration of the house followed by detailed explanations of the customs and rituals such identifying the site of a kampung house and ceremonies related to weddings & the birth of a child. The programme includes hands-on experience, demonstrations as well sampling of traditional food & drinks.

Curated Programmes are 2- 3 hours.

2 Week Prior Booking Required (Subjected to Availability of date, time & resources)

Minimum 10 persons/ group
ADULTS from RM68/person
Phone:+603-2144 9273


Direction from MRT Bukit Bintang to BWM_

For students or academics –  research or project-related visits to the Heritage Centre or Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre, or Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, kindly fill in the form HERE . (minimum 1 week in advance). Confirmation will be given.

For enquiries on venue hire, please fill in the form HERE. Minimum 2 weeks in advance.



6 thoughts on “Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

    Weekly photo challenge: Door | Zain's Pix & Text said:
    July 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    […] of the office at the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman – a traditional Malay house belonging to Penghulu Abu Seman and later his son Ibrahim Abu […]

    Chow Kit's Stubborn House - Poskod Malaysia said:
    August 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    […] traditional houses which have been successfully moved. For example, the NGO Badan Warisan relocated Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman onto its own grounds in the mid nineties. Built between 1910 and the early 1930s, the house was […]

    10 reasons why I love KL | The Positive Spin said:
    February 1, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    […] deco (Central Market, Lee Rubber Building, OCBC Building), colonial (Muzium Telekom), traditional (Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman) pre-war shophouses (Medan Pasar). For modern architecture, the condominiums around KLCC give the […]

    sakit gigi said:
    July 5, 2016 at 10:18 am

    sangat indah, sederhana dan nyaman ya

      Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust) responded:
      July 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Terima Kasih 😀

    […] Operating Hours: 10 am – 5 pm. Closed on Sundays.Guided Tours: 11 am & 3 pm.Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman Website. […]

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