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Just a 15 minute walk from one of KL’s glitziest malls you can enjoy a glimpse into Malaysia’s more traditional way of life at the beautiful Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman within the grounds of Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage Centre).





Walking among the skyscrapers and colonial shopfronts in modern-day Kuala Lumpur it can be difficult to imagine what predated what you can see today, but a visit to the Heritage Centre will allow you to not just see the house but to also support an organisation doing great work across the country.

Intentionally low enough to make you duck your head—as a sign of respect—when entering. Photo taken in or around Heritage Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Intentionally low enough to make you duck your head—as a sign of respect—when entering. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you’ve ever been to Jim Thompson’s House in Bangkok, the house here is a similar affair—a beautiful, fully restored wooden house, plucked from the northern reaches of the country and dropped into the centre of the metropolis. This is one of our favourite attractions in Kuala Lumpur.

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman was built between 1910 and 1930 in Kampung Sungai Kechil in Kedah—a northern province in Peninsular Malaysia partially abutting Thailand. When the original owner of the house died, ownership was passed to his son, but later, when the son died, because he had no male offspring (the property wasn’t permitted to be passed to a daughter) the house was left vacant and eventually abandoned. After some time, the family sold the house to Badan Warisan Malaysia (via an intermediary) in 1995. The organisation then carefully dismantled the house in 1996, shifted it to Kuala Lumpur and the reassembly and restoration was completed in 1997.

How well do you know your woods? Photo taken in or around Heritage Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

How well do you know your woods? Photo: Stuart McDonald

Guided tours of the house are available twice a day only, Monday to Saturday, at 11:00 and 15:00, so if you want to take a look at the house it is essential that you time a visit to here to coincide with one of the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Heritage Centre
2 Jalan Stonor
Mo–Sa: 09:30–17:30 Guided tours 11:00 and 15:00
T: (03) 2144 9273 F: (03) 2145 7884;
https://badanwarisanmalaysia.org/
Admission: 10 ringgit for the tour

Location map for Heritage Centre

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