MalayTraditional House

Nestled in a scenic garden, Rumah Tok Su and Rumah Seri Banai are samples of Kedah’s traditional Malay house that preserved by Kedah State Museum in the Malay Heritage Village (Kampung Warisan Melayu) in Alor Setar City.

Rumah Tok Su, as we know it presently, is named after the final owner, whose father was the headman of Kampung Permatang Kerat Telunjuk. The house was built a hundred years ago by Tok Su's grandfather, a Tuan Haji Mahmud. It is a sprawling structure comprising six different wings around a main hall, which is called the "Rumah Ibu Berbumbung Potongan Belanda", adjoined by the verandah, the middle hall, the in-between chamber, the kitchen and platform.

The house covers an area of 1,700 sq ft and has 34 pillars. It included six main halls comprising the varendah, the main hall called Rumah Ibu Berbumbung Potongan Belanda dan Beranjung, the Middle Hall, Ruang Selang, the kitchen and the platform. The house was once the dwelling of the village headman, Encik Noor. The 100 years house was originally owned by Tuan Haji Mahmud, a local wealthy man who owned many properties in the village. Tuan Haji Mahmud is Encik Noor’s father and Tok Su is his youngest child.

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