State of Negeri Sembilan Malaysia
The most significant
feature of Negeri Sembilan is the influence of the Minang -
Kabaus from Sumatra in Indonesia. This influence is seen in the
buffalo-horned shaped roofs of the many buildings and the practice
of matrilineal system in many households. Negeri Sembilan's capital
city is Seremban, a mere 50 kilometres away from the nations capital
of Kuala Lumpur. Port Dickson and its beaches is a well known and
popular seaside getaway
It is the Minangkabaus who hold the key to the history of Negeri Sembilan. The Minangkabaus were immigrants from West Sumatra who settled in Negeri Sembilan between the 15th and 16th century, at the height of the Malaccan Sultanate.
They continued the practice of their rich cultural heritage, which continues on today in the form of the fascinating Adat Perpatih, a matrilineal system of rule and inheritance, unique only to Negeri Sembilan. The Minangkabaus and their adats, or traditions, and are indeed to be credited with Negeri Sembilan's many interesting aspects. This is clearly seen and felt even today, especially in the customs of marriage, ownership of property and dance forms.
The Negeri Sembilan that the early Minangkabaus knew was a rather loose confederation of nine fiefdoms in a secluded valley of the region. It was only in 1773, and with Raja Melewar as the Yam Tuan or ruler, that the 9 separate fiefdoms of Sungai Ujong, Rembau, Johol, Jelebu, Naning, Segamat, Ulu Pahang, Jelai and Kelang were unified.
Negeri Sembilan's modern history then began with British intervention in the districts of Sungai Ujong, Rembau and Jelebu. In Sungai Ujong, the British took the opportunity to intervene in the region's politics by taking part in and then ending, the conflict between Dato' Kelana and Dato' Bandar, which was affecting the trade of tin along the Linggi River. The British's support of Dato' Kelana was rewarded by the appointment of W.A. Pickering as British resident in 1874.
Come 1889, a treaty was signed between the Yam Tuan Seri Menanti and the four Datuk Undangs, installing the Yam Tuan as ruler of Negeri Sembilan, who was to be "aided" by Martin Lister as the first British Resident of Negeri Sembilan.
The Complex, which has been modeled like a traditional Minangkabau dwelling, is located on a four-hectare site along Jalan Labu. Various examples of the state's handicraft and historical artifacts are on display in this Complex which preserves Negeri Sembilan's rich cultural traditions
The state mosque is adorned with nine pillars to symbolize the seven districts. Described as one of the most attractive modern mosques in the country, it offers a scenic view of the Seremban Lake amid the tranquility of its surroundings.
Situated in the vicinity of the Seremban Lake Gardens is the state library which used to be the State Secretariat Building. Built in 1912 by B.P. Habback of Britain with the assistance of the state Public Works Department, this stately building reflects the colonial architecture of a bygone era.
The Seri Menanti Royal Museum was built in 1902 - 1905. It was
originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan Royal family. It is
situated in the Royal town of Seri Menanti, about 50 km from the
This five storey wooden palace, was built using no nails or screws. The carpenters at the time used wooden pegs so that the palace would be able to withstand the times.
It also uses 99 solid timber pillars, soaring 65 feet. Black in colour, the palace also has intricate flower motifs beautifying the regal palace. Visitors can find costumes, weaponry, bed chambers as well as documents on the royal lineage on display in the museum.
The state museum is a "must" item for local history lovers. Located within the grounds of the Cultural Handicraft Complex, it is actually an old wooden palace which has been reassembled for public viewing. Built entirely of wood, this palace which has seen greater days of royal splendor at its old site at Kampung Ampang Tinggi, houses various old and historical artifacts which will interest those with a keen eye for local history, like weapons as well as brass and silverware. Also on display is a tableau portraying a grand royal wedding.Situated next to the state museum is the "Rumah Minang", depicting an actual Minangkabau house. Also found at the Complex grounds are the megaliths from Fort Kempas.
The Seremban Lake Gardens is one of the most picturesque gardens in the country. Its lush greenery and well-maintained lawns are a delight to the tired eye and often have a calming effect on many a weary soul. There are jogging tracks in The Lake Gardens for the more energetic visitor while children can frolic in the playground. For those who are content to watch the world go by, this is just the place with benches erected in various spots overlooking the lake and greenery.
The Ulu Bendul Recreational Park located some 16km from Seremban on the Kuala Pilah Sri Menanti route, at the foot of Bukit Angsi provides a welcome respite to the weary traveller. The park is one of the six recreational parks in Negeri Sembilan developed for ecotourism purposes. Picnic lovers should find this place inviting because of its shady and leafy surroundings.
The refreshing and cool water from the stream that meanders through the park offers a fun place for visitors bent on having a dip. For the more adventurous, they can go jungle trekking. To savor the best out of this park, visitors may prefer to stay at the specially designated camping grounds or rent one of the chalets in the park.
The Negeri Sembilan Institute has set up a special site in
Rembau District, the largest crystal village complex in
Malaysia. It recently opened on 1st December 2007.The Rembau
Crystal Village is also a training complex, manufacturer and
exhibition site. The structure of the Rembau Crystal gallery is
also a unique insight into the Malay Minangkabau architectural
The products made and sold here are from crystal and come in
different forms. These include table lamps, crystal souvenirs,
dining ware, accessories and much more. Crystal made with the
highest international standards is sold here. The crystal
village is also a venue for local youths to learn the craft of
crystal making, as well as the opportunity to sell their
handicrafts. This also helps to put Rembau on the Malaysian
Come over to the largest crystal village in Malaysia and find great bargains galore!
beaches of Port Dickson (PD) is a famous weekend retreat for city
dwellers.Port Dickson is said to have been named after a British
officer, Sir John Frederik Dickson in 1889. Others mention that the
place was named after another British officer who supervised the
British ports handling ore in Lukut, a district of Port Dickson at
Port Dickson is more famous for its attractive beaches, ample amenities and good infrastructure. There are also various types of accommodation for those wishing to holiday here.
Among the famous beaches here are Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon. There are also infrastructure for watersports dan beach activity.
You can purchase a bewildering array of product at this massive 165-hectare wholesale centre. Located in nilai, the northern part of negeri sembilan, the nilai 3 wholesale was built 2001 and draws shoppers with competitively priced goods such as textile, furniture, clothing, luggage, carpet, garden equipment and car accessories.
Find out everything you wanted to know about the malaysian army here. this musuem traces the history, contributions and achievement of the army from the days of the melaka sultanate until the present. Apart from kiosk as well as information and grafhic panels, the museum also utilises then pepper ghost technology for its audio visual presentation. Also on display are canons, tanks, locomotive and vehicles used during the war. The army museum is located in port dickson, home to the first malay regiment batch in 1933.
Located about 15km from seremban, this delightful hot spring cum theme park has two open-air hot spring pools as well as private bathtubs with temperatures between 27c to 34c. it also features attractions such as a man-made canal, twin giant slides as well as wave and wading pools.
Openning hours: 10.00am - 7.00pm (Monday - friday)
10.00am - 7.00pm (weekend and public holidays)
Closed every Tuesday (except on public and school holidays)
Night Water Park: 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Admision fee: RM10.00 Adult
RM5.00 Senior citizens
RM10.00 Chirldren above height of 135cm
RM8 Chirldren between the height of 86cm - 134cm
50% discount available for disabled adults and chirldren
Free Chirldren below 85cm
Experience local lifestyle at traditional malay villeges throughtout Negeri Sembilan. Get to know the members of your host family as tou spend time with them and don't miss the opportunity to observe and try your hand at traditional sugar making, handicraft weaving or even rubber tapping. you can also take part in indoor game like congkak or participate in colourful local dances.
Homestay in Negeri Sembilan
Takea downriver cruise and take in the glowing banks of sungai timun. This fascinating natural phenomenon is attributed to the presence of a fireflies feed on the leaves of the berembang trees nightly. the nearby sungai timun fishing villages is popular among seafood lovers for its lobsters and shellfish.
There are ample opportunities to shop in Negeri Sembilan. to purchase high quality and reasonably priced goods, make your way to the various shopping complexes, retail outlets, hypermarkets and night markets in the state. items range from handicraft, decorative items, clothing and textile to electrical appliances and electronic gadgets.
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