The Hidden Gem of Penang: The P. Ramlee House

After about 1.5 month hiatus, I’m back again! Not from any overseas related travel but nevertheless I am going to blog about this little known place but famous nationwide especially among those who were born before the mid 80s. Yes his name is none other than P. Ramlee with his museum/house Rumah P. Ramlee or known as P Ramlee House.
Here’s a little note about our famous national star:

Born Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh, Tan Sri P. Ramlee was born on the first day of the Eid festival (or better known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri Pertama), which fell on 22 March 1929. His father, Teuku Nyak Puteh, was a sailor from Aceh. He attended Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Melayu Kampung Jawa (Kampung Jawa Malay School) and Sekolah Francis Light primary schools. Next he went to the famous Penang Free School secondary school. Both Sekolah Francis Light and Penang Free School were my alma mater as well.
P. Ramlee was an all rounder which include film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra (especially in Aceh due to his ancestry). Some of his famous work includes ‘Pendekar Bujang Lapok’, ‘Hang Tuah’, ‘Anakku Sazali’ and ‘Nujum Pak Belalang’ which won him best Asian Film Award.
Sources: Wikipedia, 2012


Situated at Jalan P Ramlee (formerly known as Caunterhall Road), the P. Ramlee House is was actually built in the year 1926 and was several times been renovated and restored by the National Archives. Exhibitions include his diary, personal memorabilia, boat, bicycle and other personal belongings such as musical instruments which were part of his stardom life.
This is the house whereby I walked passed by nearly every day during my years in primary school, SRK Francis Light, which was also the alma mater of P. Ramlee. Nostalgic!. 

That’s me during my countless visit to this traditional wooden house of P. Ramlee..on the left is my friend from Singapore.

This is an old sampan used by the late P. Ramlee to move around the river perhaps or during the flood as the place of his residence often hit by flood during heavy rain and monsoon season. Yes I have experienced that as well.

An old bicycle belong to the late P. Ramlee which was used as his mode of transportation at that time

12 thoughts on “The Hidden Gem of Penang: The P. Ramlee House

  1. Diana Diane Teo

    is there any admission fee or free of entry? Next time I Go Penang, you become my tour guide & bring me here. hehehe. went Penang twice but wanna go again for phototaking, sightseeing and makan-makan

  2. Jeff Chuah

    i lived in Penang for 3 years and have been constantly going back to the island and still, i have yet to go to the P. Ramlee house…maybe this coming weekend I’ll do that…

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