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The Old Palace Of Seri Menanti

The Seri Menanti Old Palace stands tall as one of the finest exemplars of traditional Malay architectural and woodworking skill. Located in Seri Menanti, the royal capital of Negeri Sembilan, the palace is over four stories tall and was built without the use of a single metal nail, held together only by the sturdy joints, dowels and rivets.

The most noticeable feature of the palace is the “buffalo’s horns”-like roof, which is due to influence from the Minangkabau culture which still runs strong in Negeri Sembilan. The intriguing roof appearance is due to the Minangkabau’s distinctive architectural design brought over from Sumatra many many years ago.

 

Built by 2 Malay carpenters Tukang Kahar and Tukang Taib between 1902 and 1908, the building functioned as the official residence of Negeri Sembilan’s royal family until 1931. It was much later on in 1992 that the palace was converted to a Royal Museum, which it remains till today.

 

Today, visitors can marvel at the woodcarving and architecture of the palace, as well as examine historical items associated with the palace in the past such as the royal clothes and golden ornaments used by the royalty in the past.