The Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial Kuala Lampur is the shining legacy of Malaysia's Father of Independence and displays an important historical information about his life in the news as well as away from the limelight.
The memorial was originally the home of Tunku between 1956 and 1970 when he was the Chief Minister of federation of Malaya and subsequently the First Prime Minister of Malaysia. The memorial consists of big three buildings which comprises of the Residency and two more buildings of historical importance. Located on Jalan Dato Onn, very quiet place in the hustle and bustle of Malaysia, it serves as a place for archival materials, museum and library related to the belongings of Tunku.
Why to visit the Memorial?
Most of the people of Malaysia knows Tunku in his official capacity but the visit to his memorial will help you to know the personal life of the great leader of Malaysia. Established in the year 1994, the memorial consists of official items which was collected by Tunku during his lifetime.
The memorial is surrounded by massive exhibition centre spread over 120000 square meters having two massive exhibition buildings decorated in a Royal style. Tunku Abdul Rahman was known as the Bapa of Malaysia and became the First Prime Minister of the Country from 1957 till 1970. Fondly known as Tunku since he was pioneering in bringing Independence to Malaysia during that time.
What to do in the Memorial?
Tunku’s Official residence is one of the historical buildings of this Memorial and is 100 years old. The two storey massive building in the vast area of the Memorial denotes Block- A and Block -B.
The majority exhibition area of the Memorial comprised of graphical representation of various events that took place prior to the Independence of Malaysia. Thye events include how Malaysians got Independence from Britain and what was the role of Tunku in getting the Independence.
Other section of the exhibition area included Tunku’s personal life as a child, his sporting career, his career as a lawyer and an administrator. Some of his belongings include clothes, sporting instruments, walking sticks, krises and many more on display.
The First Prime Minister of Malaysia’s first office resembled a wooden longhouse established within a block. It was very much surprising to notice in those days, how this people use to work in offices which had a simple decoration without any gorgeousness. The table used for his first Cabinet meeting in 1957 is kept neatly and well decorated. Despite being a old building, the furnitures are well kept as if it's new every time.
Most interesting to visit is his residency where Tunku used to live. It is a historical bungalow and was the official residence of British people from Selangor. There are two reception rooms to the office known as the Cairo Rooms and there is one dining room of 30 seats capacity. Upstairs there are a number of simply furnished bedrooms decorated beautifully.
At the entrance of the Residency, you will find two classic Cars:
One is Cadillac Fleetwood 1959 black in color which was PM’s official car from 1965.
The other one Nash Rambler Custom Convertible 1951 which was used by Tunku while making his independence speech in Malacca in 1956.
The Bungalow had Tunku’s private office, seven bedrooms, a drawing room, kitchen, a caretaker room and many more.his personal belongings included souvenirs, documents, biographies, photographs and a picture with his wife Tun Sharifah Rodziah.
Be sure to take out some of your time to check the granite display of the Proclamation of Independence, Newspaper coverage and personal book collection. That will give you an idea of how Tunku lead his life. There is one more room which is called Ante Room in the Bungalow where women used to rest.
Who will visit such place?
All the Malaysians and tourists, this place has lots of historical importance. The antique materials on display is of much importance to the world history. Moreover, one hour is sufficient to spend learning the biography of Tunku and how he struggled for Malaysian Independence.
The photographs, documents and Tunku’s personal belongings will make you nostalgic.
How to get There?
Private taxis, Uber or Grab will be the best option to reach there. Alternatively it is 6 minute walk away from Kerja Raya Bus Stop which is often serviced by rapid KL Bus 851. If you are planning to come by train, get down to KL Sentral and from there take a bus KL 772 which will take you to Pasar Seni ( The memorial is located at Pasar seni).
Open from 10am to 5:30 pm from Tuesday till Sunday and Admission is Free.
How to spend your precious moment at Tunku Memorial ?
The best ways to spend your time at the Tunku Memorial can be:
- Buy some documents or books from the exhibition centre after entering the Memorial.
- Take some snapshots of the architectural beauty of the Memorial.
- In the Cairo Room, see the exclusive furniture which was used at that time.
- Visit the 30 bedrooms of the Tunku Residency.
- Go the Ante room near the reception area.
- Take some snapshots of the fabulous cars parked in front of the Tunku Residency.
- Watch the picture of the great leader with his wife.
- Check the granite display kept there as the Proclamation of Independence. The granite shows the words of liberty which inspired the Malaysians towards Independence.
- Adore the antique materials kept as the belongings of Tunku.
- Admire the culture, thinkings, philosophies, achievements inspired Tunku as a great leader of Malaysia and the first Prime Minister.
- See the childhood memories of Tunku.
- Admire his career as a successful lawyer.
- Visit the first office of Tunku where he started his first proceedings as the first Prime Minister. His simple life is an example of liberty.
Nearby Places to visit From Tunku Memorial
To make your trip much more memorable, you can plan some few places visit near by the Tunku Memorial. Listed few places will make your trip a cherishing one:
Sogo Departmental Store:
To buy some of the latest fashions from Malaysia, you can visit this place. It's the heaven for latest and variety of fashionable clothes. You can get some of the best clothes form this place.
It’s open all days from 9:30 am till 10:00 pm and around 0.4 km from the Tunku Memorial.
Its 0.3 Km from Tunku Memorial and is a sports shopping complex where you get dozens of sports shops offering local as well as International Brands. It’s one of the oldest shopping mall in the Country.
Also try to visit Madam Sia’s backpack store which is one of the fabulous stores there.
It’s open on all days from 9:30 am till 6pm.
Sate Kajang HJ Samuri:
Sate Kajang HJ Samuri is a local restaurant just beside the Pertama Complex which offers nice Sate with separate ingredients grilled fresh before your eyes.
The restaurant is open in all days from 10 am till 10 pm in the night.
Quill City mall:
The mall is formerly known as Vision Project is one of the largest integrated city mall in Malaysia. The shopping mall is magnificent and spacious housed with International Brands in all the possible categories.
Opened in all the days from 10 am till 10 pm and around 0.4 km from Tunku Memorial centre.
Petronas Twin Tower
Petronas Twin Tower is the twin skyscrapers in the Country of Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Petronas Twin Tower had been the tallest buildings from 1998 till 2004.
The tower was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and the construction of the towers started in the year 1994. The Petronas Tower has some notable places like Suria KLCC which is a 140000 square meter supermarket offering various types of International Brands,17 acres KLCC park for Jogging and enjoying the nature and Skybridge connecting the two towers which is one of the highest skybridge in the world.
It is around 1.4 km from the Tunku Memorial and is open in all days from 10 am till 10 pm.
Chow Kit Market
Chow Kit market is identified as one of the famous landmark area in Malaysia. It is divided into two halves: The first half is the city’s official red Light area district and the second half has KL’s one of the popular local market.
The Chow Kit Market offers umbrellas, shoes, clothes of local brands, fruits, vegetables, CDs, DVDs tofus, spices and other type of Textiles.
The market is around 0.6 km from Tunku memorial and is open all the days from 9 am till 11pm.
Lu Lu Mall
Lu Lu Mall is one of the largest hypermarket in Malaysia selling fruits, vegetables, clothes, shoes, textiles and many more items from local to international brands. The mall is spread over 70000 square meter area which gives people the real shopping pleasures.
Its around 0.6 km from Tunku memorial and is open all days from 10 am till 11 pm.