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.
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TOURS & PROGRAMMES
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.
11.00am and 3.00pm, Mondays- Saturdays
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
Minimum Donation RM10/person
CURATED PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH & ADULTS
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. The programme includes participation in measured drawings.
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 @ RM68/person
STUDENTS @ RM45/person
CHILDREN @ RM45/person