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The Capital Of Negeri Seremban
A mere 30 minutes’ drive away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Seremban is the capital of the state of Negeri Sembilan of Malaysia. Although it was slated to be officially recognized as a city in 2009, it was delayed due to technical reasons. However, despite being one of the only 4 state capitals that have yet to achieve city status, Seremban is nevertheless a significantly developed urban area and home to over 400,000 Malaysians.
With the town’s modern infrastructure and facilities, it is the business and commercial centre for most of the smaller towns and villages around the state. Its retail industry is significantly large, with a number of zones designated to sell local products such as antiques, cloths and handicrafts. Recent years has also seen various shopping complexes opening around the area and the town has even attracted a few hypermarkets to open shop here.
First founded as Sungai Ujong after a nearby river of the same name, Seremban experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century due to its proximity to rich tin deposits. Serving as a mining as well as a trade centre, the area attracted great amounts of workers and merchants and quickly became a busy town.
A Unique Place
Malaysia is known for its multicultural society, but there are some aspects of Malaysia that can only be found in Negeri Sembilan. Most notably, Negeri Sembilan is known to be heavily influenced by Minangkabau (an Indonesian ethnic group) culture, as a great number of Minangkabaus, in the 15th century, settled in the area under the protection of the Malaccan Sultanate.
Among the influences of Minangkabau culture includes the unique style of architecture resembling buffalo horns seen in significant buildings such as the Seremban Municipal Council Hall and the State Museum, as well as Adat Perpatih, a rare tradition where women have a higher social status than men.
Seremban is also known throughout the country for lending its name to one of the most popular buns in Malaysia the Seremban Siew Pau. It is a small bun, where meat (usually pork, or chicken for halal versions) is wrapped in a piping hot, flaky crust which has become a favourite for Malaysians all around the country.