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Timings : Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Closed on Sunday and Public holidays

Entry Fees : RM 10

Guided Tour : Cost: Starting from RM 10 (per head)
Timings: 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Days: Monday-Saturday

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Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, Kuala Lumpur Overview

Located in Jalan Stonor in Kuala Lumpur, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a glorious wooden stilt house. One of the oldest wooden houses in Malaysia, it is known for its vernacular style of architecture. Adorned with antique furniture and artefacts, the heritage structure was constructed by some of the most skilled Malaysian artisans in the early 1900s.

While the house was initially owned by Mukim Bagan Samak’s local headman, it was later restored by the leading national heritage NGO, Badan Warisan Malaysia. Guided tour of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is available which provides an insight into the traditional Malaysian lifestyle and culture.

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Architecture of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

  • Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman encompasses a combination of traditional as well as modern architectural elements. T
  • he house has a sloped roof, beamed foundation and pier which are specifically built for harsh monsoons.
  • The louvre windows and walls further help to regulate the internal temperature by blocking the heat and capturing breeze.
  • The wooden house is equipped with modern devices and systems such as climate control systems and energy conservation devices. Such innovations are sustainable and help to save the environment.
  • Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is surrounded by a traditional heritage garden which houses over 50 plant species. These plant species have historical and cultural significance for Malaysians.


Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman means Village Leader Abu Seman's House. The wooden house was constructed in stages between 1910-1930s. The house was initially situated in a small Malaysian village named Kampung Sungai Kechil. After Mukim Bagan Samak’s local headman passed away, this property was inherited by his son, Ibrahim bin Abu Seman. Since Abu Seman passed away without an heir, the property was rescued and relocated to Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Centre in Jalan Stonor.

How to Reach Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

KL Monorail: Alight at Air Asia-Bukit Bintang Station. Take the North-East exit that is located near Lot 10.

MRT: Alight at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur-Bukit Bintang Station, exit from Exit E. Then head towards the Pavilion KL Mall.

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