Restoration of Chow Kit's 'Rumah Degil' from 1926 almost done


Built in 1926 at 41 Jalan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, this house would ultimately be dubbed Rumah Degil (Stubborn House) after it stood for 89 years despite the city taking over all around it.

The reconstruction of Rumah Pusaka Chow Kit (or Chow Kit Heritage House), also known as Rumah Degil (or Stubborn House), at its new site at Malaysia's National Art Gallery is expected to be done by November 2018.

The two-storey Malay house built in 1926 got its nickname because it stood its ground at 41 Jalan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, for 89 years even as the city grew around it. It became the sole wooden structure in a jungle of high concrete.

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