Negeri Sembilan is located at the west side of Peninsular Malaysia south of Kulala Lumpur and best known for their rich culture and considered as home of ancient traditions.
Its name literally means “nine states“ because it was once divided into nine districts with a Malay chieftain in each.
Fast forward to present time, Seremban is Negeri Sembilan‘s capital city. Although this capital is starting to develop, surrounding areas has maintained its customs and culture.
Allow me to sharing with you the nine (9) places to visit in Seremban (8 of which I have visited myself).
1. Food Places (Teh Tarik)
There are many food places to dine at in Seremban. And one cannot miss the ‘teh tarik‘ milk tea whose fondness is shared by Malaysia’s different races including the Malays, Chinese, and Indians.
2. State Library and Secretariat Building
The structure of these government buildings command presence but what I found most interesting is the “Wisma Negeri” right beside it with its long-ended roofs.
Wisma Negeri besdie the State Secretariat Building
3. Istana Hinggap
Istana Hinggap is a sight to behold but its gates are closed for security purposes. You can already sense the grandeur even just by observing form the gate.
Istana Hinggap Palace
4. State Mosque
This is Negeri Sembilan’s state mosque. There are numerous local and community mosques but this is the official one.
Moreover, what makes this state mosque unique is its architecture. Contrary to most mosque with square interiors, pillars, and pointed dome, this state mosque is circular in shape and doesn’t have the pointed dome. Furthermore, its pillars are right outside of the structure instead of inside.
State Mosque Interior
State Mosque Admin Office
State Mosque Architecture
5. State Museum
The humble state museum is quite small compared to regular museums but the content is rich in history and culture ranging from decades of history and culture.
Negeri Sembilan State Museum
Through a window of the museum
The Beautiful State Museum in Seremban
6. Minangkabau House
The Minangkabau House is an example of the traditional Negeri Sembilan architecture which has long-ended roofs and raised stilts.
Traditional Minangkabau House
7. Seremban Lake Gardens
The Seremban Lake Gardens is a big community park with a serene lake at the center. The greeneries offer a beautiful landscape where you would find joggers in the afternoon.
Seremban Lake Gardens
8. Arts & Cultural Center and Ampang Tinggi Place
I wasn’t able to go to these two places but they are both near the state museum.
9. Seremban Parade
Located right across the Seremban train station, Seremban Parade is commercial mall in the city which has branded restaurants and some commercial spaces trading goods.
You wouldn’t want to leave an enchanting state like Negeri Sembilan without shopping for some souvenirs to bring home right?