The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. It was built between 1910 and the early 1930s. The house offers visitors a fascinating look back into the traditional way of life of Malaysians. 

The penghulu or village headman was the head of Mukim Bagan Samak in Bandar Baharu, Kedah. The originally house was owned by an important man named Tok Taib in Kampung Paya Takong. When he passed away, it was then sold to the penghulu who had it dismantled and shifted to Kampung Sungai Kechil in the 1920s.  

Rumah Penghulu was then moved to Kuala Lumpur city by the Heritage of Malaysia Trust as part of its ongoing efforts in the preservation and conservation of the country’s architectural heritage. In 1996, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman was carefully disassembled and relocated to the Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Centre in Jalan Stonor. 

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. 

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00 

Address: 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur 

Tel: +603 2144 9273 

Price Range: Tour – RM10 

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