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P. Ramlee House in Penang

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P. Ramlee House is the former home of iconic Malaysian actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer and movie producer, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee. Now a museum that celebrates his illustrious career in the Malayan film and music industry, it is set on Jalan P. Ramlee (previously Counterhall Road).

Inside the Malay kampung house (which was originally built by P. Ramlee’s father and uncle in 1926), is a collection of the actor’s personal effects and memorabilia plus displays of old photographs, movie posters and music records. Winner of numerous national and international awards, his lifetime of work included over 60 films and 250 songs that appealed to a wide cross-section of the Malaysian society.

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History of P. Ramlee House

Of Achenese descent, P. Ramlee’s name was originally Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh. His parents were Che’ Mah Hussein and Teuku Nyak Puteh bin Teuku Karim, a sailor. He changed it when he began his acting career.

He studied at the Penang Free School and got his big break in 1948 when a famous Malayan film director spotted him performing: his career skyrocketed after. Married three times, he died at the age of 45 of a heart attack and was buried at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery in KL. He was posthumously awarded the Malaysian honorific title Tan Sri in 1990.

Within the same compound of P. Ramlee House is the Kompleks Pustaka Warisan Seni, a performing arts complex capable of seating up to 300.

P. Ramlee House

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday; 10:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 17:00 Friday
  • Address: 4 Jalan P. Ramlee, Georgetown
  • Tel: +604 262 0202
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