NEGERI SEMBILAN - The Land of  a Thousand Horns

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Brief Background

 

NegeriSembilan originally consisted of nine districts from which it got its name. With a total area of 6645 sq km, NegeriSembilan is renowned for its Minangkabau-styled architecture characterized by sweeping buffalo horn shaped roof peaks, reflecting the influence of the state’s first inhabitants who came from Minangkabau in Sumatra.

 

Places of Interest

 

Seremban, the state capital, easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, is a quaint moderate-sized municipality with an outstanding LakeGardens considered one of the most beautiful spots in the country. There is a floating stage on one of the lakes where cultural shows are held.

 

Taman Seni Budaya is a complex on a four hectare site at the junction of JalanSungaiUlong and the Kuala Lumpur – Seremban expressway and about 1 km from the heart of Seremban. Local handicraft products are sold here and visitors get a chance to see the actual making of these handicrafts. Situated within the complex is an old Minangkabau-styled palace where historical artifacts of the state are kept.

 

Istana Lama Sri Menanti was until 1931, the official residence of the Yang di Pertuan Besar, the state ruler and this elegant Minangkabau-style architecture 32 km east of Seremban is a popular stop for tourists. Made entirely of wood, the palace’s main attractions include beautiful intricate carvings bearing varied local motifs.

 

Port Dickson is perhaps NegeriSembilan’s best known tourist destination and is probably one of the favorite play grounds for Malaysians during holidays and weekends. The scenic resort boasts of inviting beaches dispersed with hotels and holiday bungalows nestled under tall casuarinas and bayan trees.

 

UluBendol is a forest reserve about 18 km east of Seremban on the way to KualaPilah and is a popular picnic spot surrounded by foliage with waterfalls and a lake.

 

Pedas Hot Springs is located to the south of Seremban on the way to Malacca. The warm waters of the hot spring is popular with locals and tourists alike. Refreshments and bathing facilities are available for the convenience of visitors.

 

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia