Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial is a massive exhibition centre in Kuala Lumpur that commemorates the life and achievements of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. Situated along Jalan Dato' Onn, the memorial is surrounded by a picturesque garden landscape with his official residence and two further blocks of buildings housing an extensive collection of his personal belongings and documents.
Tunku Abdul Rahman, also known as Bapa Malaysia or Bapa Merdeka (Father of Independence), was Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955 and the country's first Prime Minister from 1957 to 1970. Fondly referred to as Tunku by locals, he was also instrumental in bringing independence to Malaysia which was under British rule during the early 20th century.
Measuring 120,000 square meters, the two exhibition buildings boast impressive displays of archived materials, news excerpts, mementos, books, letters and publications of the late Prime Minister. Also part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial is the well-preserved official residence, which is over 100 years old and has hosted official functions and activities, most memorably the deliberations for Malaysia’s independence.
The two-storey establishment exhibits Tunku's belongings, ranging from furniture, souvenirs, clothing, black and white portraits, documents and a granite display of the 'Proclamation of Independence' to his personal collection of books, shaving kits, illustrations, and biographies of Tunku and his late wife Tun Sharifah Rodziah. Visitors can also view an audio/visual screening area at the mini theatre.
Parked outside the residence are two vintage cars that were used by Tunku during his tenure as Prime Minister, including a Cadillac Fleetwood 1959 and a Vintage Car Model Nash Rambler Custom Convertible 1951. The latter is known as the Merdeka Car which was used during the reception ceremony after the Merdeka team arrived from London on 20 February, 1956, in Malacca.
Great for history buffs and visitors who want to get to know more about Malaysia and its significant journey to independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial is accessible within a 10-minute walk from the Bank Negara KTM train station and is free of charge.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:30
- Address: Jalan Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2694 7277
- Train: KTM : Bank Negara