Moms Trip – Day 7 – Kuala Lumpur Native Museum (Muzium Orang Asli) Gombak

The Orang Asli are the native people of Malaysia, the Aboriginals of this region.

The Orang Asli are the indigenous minority peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. The name is a Malay term which transliterates as ‘original peoples’ or ‘first peoples.’ It is a collective term introduced by anthropologists and administrators for the 18 sub-ethnic groups generally classified for official purposes under Negrito, Senoi and Proto-Malay. They numbered 105,000 in 1997 representing a mere 0.5 per cent of the national population.

Source: Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia

The Museum itself though is freaking HARD to find, we actually went the day before, after the butterfly park, but got there around 5pm just as the place closed…

Museum Orang Asli

But it looked interesting so we headed back the next day!

Museum Orang Asli

The Museum is actually very well organised, clean, bright and interesting, it’s a shame the sign boards are SO bad and it’s not really publicised..I know local people that don’t know about it. I only knew about it because I’d seen the sign board to it on the MRR2 and my Mom told me about (so it is in SOME tourist literature).

Museum Orang Asli

The whole guest book was full of comments about lacking signboards and horrible directions, most visitors were from Gombak as no-one else could find it.

There are photos and descriptions of the various tribes made up of 3 basic consituents spread around peninsular Malaysia (Negrito, Senoi, and Proto-Malay).

Orang Asli

Apparently there were some jungle army units made up from all Orang Asli folks as they knew the land better than anyone, pretty interesting reading.

There are some amazing things they’ve made (Both practical and artistic), like this suit made from tree fibres (Seluar Kulit Kayu).

Seluar Kulit Kayu

They have some beautiful pieces, I wish we could support them by buying their art!

Orang Asli Mask

They have mockups of various things like an Orang Asli wedding and various tree houses, boats and other implements for day to day living.

Orang Asli Treehouse

The blowpipes are pretty scary, long long long man, the darts must travel some distance.

Orang Asli Blowpipe

It’s set in a beautiful location too, in a rather rural area of surrounded by forest near the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Gombak

A beautiful sunny day and a very interesting place to visit, easy to spend a couple of hours there although towards the end on the upper floor a lot of the information was in Malay only and didn’t have English versions, which was sad. It’s a nice place to see though as there is no-one there you can go at your own pace and take your time to appreciate the unique Orang Asli carvings and craftworks.

Sunny Day

If you want to go there, hit the MRR2 until you see the sign for the museum or follow the directions for Gombak off the MRR2 (Jalan Gombak) keep going until you the Gombak signs are missing and you see Jalan Bentong, just keep going all the way, you’ll pass loads of houses, shops etc, you should see Batu 8 or something, keep going the museum is at Batu 10, on the right side.

Don’t worry if you don’t see any signs, because well there aren’t any until you get there.

After this Mom went back to UK, so this was the end of the trip, I hope you enjoyed it.

Related:

Department of Orang Asli Affairs
Orang Asli at Wikipedia
IIUM
Orang Asli Museum (Worst Map EVAR)

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12 Responses to Moms Trip – Day 7 – Kuala Lumpur Native Museum (Muzium Orang Asli) Gombak

  1. spiller March 27, 2006 at 3:52 pm #

    what about Batu Caves? no post on that?

  2. ShaolinTiger March 27, 2006 at 4:02 pm #

    spiller: She visited Batu Caves when she came here in 2004, so no need to redo it really.

  3. Boss Stewie March 27, 2006 at 4:23 pm #

    born and bred in malaysia.. and never been to this place… i should be ashamed

  4. suanie March 27, 2006 at 4:37 pm #

    glad ur mom enjoyed her visit!

  5. Dabido (Teflon) March 27, 2006 at 5:07 pm #

    WOW! Long Howitzer blow darts for carpet darting the enemy!!!

    Very interesting museum!

  6. Joel What March 27, 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    how come you say “Mom” as opposed to “Mum”?

  7. KY March 27, 2006 at 10:29 pm #

    that pants look comfy…

  8. yothemans.com March 28, 2006 at 12:37 am #

    I dont even know this place exist in KL.I bet the KL ppl dont even know about this.LOL

  9. ShaolinTiger March 28, 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    Yah you should all be ashamed! Go visit their now and learn about the Orang Asli!

    Joel What: Dunno man, guess the Americanism creeped in somewhere.

  10. julthefool March 28, 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    The carving you show is done by the Mah Meri people: you can buy their art directly from the producers in Pulau Carey, at Kampung Sungai Bumbun.

    They have very lovely carvings of all sizes.

    It takes about 50 minutes to get there from Sunway: go down the KESAS highway, then turn off at the Klang/Banting turnoff. Go left towards Banting, and continue straight through the roundabout at the very end of the road. A little further and you turn right to go over the bridge, past two good seafood restaurants. Then it’s straight for 5-10 minutes and left after the water tower and pylon antenna.

    There is some more information here: http://allmalaysia.info/news/story.asp?file=/2004/2/12/state/7278364&sec=mi_selangor

  11. ShaolinTiger March 29, 2006 at 5:53 pm #

    julthefool: Excellent info, thanks very much!

  12. Lainie June 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    look where google brought me :) i have a list of places to buy aslian art if you’re still looking.