A City of Contrasts and Diversity
nown for the unique culture and architecture, Negeri Sembilan name comes from the nine states as the state once was consisted of nine districts. Home to a community originally from West Sumatra who settled here in the 15th Century called Minangkabau, the state is famous for their unique and elegant architecture with curving, ornate roof lines whose points are said to resemble buffalo horns. Besides that, the state also contains some modest sized mountains to hike and home to one of the nation's most popular beach, Port Dickson. ...
"Comprises seven districts sitting on the western coasts of Peninsular Malaysia is an interesting state with diverse culture, rich history, beautiful sceneries and scrumptious food, Negeri Sembilan. The Sumatran influence on the Minangkabau architecture is found in many of the attractive villages in the state with an idyllic rural feel."
For nature lovers, there is an area called Sungai Timun in Rembau where you can enjoy firefly watching. Even though it is a lesser known place to see fireflies, Sungai Timun is one of the best places in Malaysia to see a huge colony of fireflies as the place is not commercialised. This fascinating natural phenomenon is attributed to the presence of a firefly colony, said to be one of the largest in the country. The fireflies feed on the leaves of the berembang trees nightly. There are tours operated by the local fishing village to get to the area where you can watch fireflies synchronize their light emissions at night.
A Minangkabau house has dramatic curved roof structures with multi-tiered, up swept gables to mimic the horn of the buffalo. With its origin going back to Minangkabau Highlands in Sumatra, Indonesia thousands of years ago, the architecture of the house is heavily influenced with cultural values, customs and rituals of the Minangkabau people. The house serves as a residence, a hall for family meetings, and for ceremonial activities. With the Minangkabau society being matrilineal, the house is owned by the women of the family who live there where ownership is passed from mother to daughter.
A few hundred years old ancient megaliths could be found around the area of west of Seremban. Locals call them batu hidup (living stones) which maybe in reference to the fact that they seem to grow over the years likely in result to the land erosion around them. The heights of these megaliths can grow up to seven feet with engravings and motifs including abstracts, solar disc symbol and wavy patterns. Even though the origin and purpose of megaliths remain obscure, they are to be believed exist from the time of the Minangkabau arrival.