Seremban is the capital of Negeri Sembilan state, located on the west coast of Malaysian Peninsular. Seremban was originally named Sungei Ujong, which shares the nearby river’s name to the capital region. Located about 60 kilometers south of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, Seremban has hilly terrains with atypical reddish soil which is good for plantations such as palm oil and rubber. This has made the town as the agricultural center of the state. The town of Seremban is also popularly called Fu Yong amongst Chinese speakers.
Seremban is heavily influenced by Minangkabau culture, as reflected on the building architectures. The term ‘Minangkabau’ means ‘winning buffalo’, and it is shown ultimately in the roof of their buildings that resembles buffalo horns. Similar to its other states, the Minangkabau culture is shown well in adat perpatihan they practice where women have higher status than men (matrilineal culture). As a result of a harmonious mixture of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Minang culture, Seremban offers a great experience, especially cultural sightseeing trip to visitors.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is close to Seremban, which only takes around 30 minutes to drive to and from the airport.
Seremban’s bus station Terminal One is located at the town center, linked to a shopping mall with the same name. It serves trans-country buses from Thailand and Singapore as well as from other Malaysian cities and towns. To reach Seremban from Kuala Lumpur, go to the pick up point at a terminal next to Klang River, between Pasar Seni LRT Station and Dayabumi building/Kuala Lumpur railway station. From this point, buses to Seremban appear once every 15-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can depart from Puduraya Terminal with more limited choices. The bus costs around 9.00 MYR (price is subject to change).
You can drive to Seremban through Federal Route 1, the old trunk road, which connects Seremban to and from any other towns and cities in Malaysia. The faster route is by taking the North-South Expressway (NSE) and exit at No. 218. It takes around 45 minutes driving from Kuala Lumpur.
Seremban station is located at the town centre. Visitor can take Keretapi Tanah Melayu to reach Seremban, as the main railway line connecting Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru passes Seremban.
The most practical and economical way to reach Seremban from Kuala Lumpur is by using KTM Komuter on Rawang-Seremban line, connecting Seremban to Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley. The 75-minute-ride costs around 5.00 MYR for a one-way trip.
Seremban Cultural Complex, or Taman Seni Budaya, is located at Jalan Sungai Ujung. The complex is a series of several old heritage buildings preserved and mainly features two parts. The first one is the main building called Teratak Perpatih, a Minangkabau house displaying handicrafts and artifacts. The other one is Istana Ampang Tinggi, a royal palace that was moved from Kampung Ampang Tinggi—the origin of the palace’s name—to Seremban. The museum displays royal family properties, from artillery to silverware, also both British-made and Malay-made cannon weapons outside. Each is called ekor lotong and lela, respectively. Another attraction inside the complex is megaliths from Fort Kempas.
The cultural complex and museums are open from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day and on Friday at 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM, re-open again at 02:45 PM to 06:00 PM. Please note that the museum is closed on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adh, and there is no admission fee required.
Jelita Ostrich Farm is the first ostrich farm in Malaysia, located at Jalan Jelebu. Visitors are allowed to ride on ostrich and even stand on the ostrich egg.
The Church of the Visitation was built by a French Missionary named Father Antonin Catesson, and has been well-preserved since its construction in 1848. The grand gothic architecture is situated at Jalan Yam Tuan, in the middle of Seremban’s Little India.
The Then Sze Kung Temple earns its alias “Centipede Temple” from its centipede-full location along the way up during its initiation. Legend has it that if you spot one during your trip to the temple, you will find luck very soon.
The temple itself is situated at the top of Bukit Jong small hilltop, a bit out of the Seremban town. The temple worships several Chinese deities, such as Guan Yin, Goddess of mercy, and Guan Ti. Several other figurines from the Monkey King and the Eight Immortals as well as characters from Chinese classical novel Journey to the West accompany the fresh air and green surroundings. This famous landmark also offers a great view of Seremban. It is best to visit the temple on the daylight.