Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

Beginning construction in 1910, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses in Malaysia.


+603 2144 9273



Badan Warisan Malaysia complex,
2, Jalan Stonor
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (Village Chief Abu Seman’s House) is one Malaysia’s oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was home to the village headman of Mukim Bagan Samak in Bandar Baharu, Kedah.

Originally situated in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the north of Peninsula Malaysia, the house was restored and relocated around 1996/97 by Badan Warisan Malaysia (Malaysia Heritage Trust).

Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining examples of Malay vernacular architecture. Surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman also has a traditional herb garden housing over 50 species of plants and trees deemed to be of cultural, historic and environmental interest to Malaysians.

Paid guided walking tours and curated programmes are organized in order to introduce visitors to the way of life, customs, traditions, architecture as well as the environment of the Malaysian lifestyle.

Opening hours

Mondays to Saturdays: 10.00am to 5.00pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Guided tours: 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Price/Entrance fees

RM10.00 for guided tours.


How to get to Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is located within walking distance from Pavilion shopping centre.

By Train
The closest MRT station is Raja Chulan (SBK line).

By Bus
Catch the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus and stop at Pavilion, which is a short walk from the house. Alternatively, hop off any bus service that stops near Pavilion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.