Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. It was originally built early 1900 and located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, Kedah. It was owned by the local headman named Abu Seman, hence the name of the house. It was rescued, relocated and restored in Kuala Lumpur by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining examples of Malay vernacular architecture. Located in the middle of the rows of skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, the house is surrounded by a traditional herb and heritage garden. The garden is a home to 50 species of local trees and plants.

The house is accessible by public transportation. The nearest station is KLCC LRT Station.

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Image by: Badan Warisan Malaysia

Operating Hours

Monday – Saturday (guided tour): 11.00 a.m and 3.00pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: close


Minimum donation of RM10 per person.


2, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Hear From Others

Roof tile. Interesting tidbit, you only have one person install the roof. The tiles, when wet, are bent around the person’s thigh, meaning each tile has to be that exact size/curve. Multiple tile guys, mis-fitting tiles, leaky roof. Dining area. Since you sit on the floor, the windows are low, letting you see what’s going on outside. All clever designs borne of experience.

James and Sarah Talalay

Such a lovely kampung house amidst the city centre. I admire the carving of the house and this reminded me of En’s long overdue request for a set of carving tool!!

Ng Shannon

In addition to home architecture, interiors, furnishings, equipment and surroundings, visitors can actually join many guided tours offered by many travel agencies in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy additional activities. These activities include activities for children, activity architecture by examining the architecture of the houses using a plan, a way of village life activities for adults as well as many others according to the available packages.

Ibrahim Mohd Noor

Nearby Attractions

Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria is a world-class oceanarium features a wide variety of exhibits of marine life. Its 90-metre transparent tunnel is the first underground aquarium in Malaysia.


Petrosains is a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive approach to tell the story of the science and technology of the petroleum industry.

Jadi Batek Gallery

Jadi Batek Gallery is a craft center that offers batik demonstrations and workshops. It also sells crafts and textiles from batik.