Seremban

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The state capital of Negeri Sembilan is Seremban. It is one of the 7 districts here which is managed by the Majlis Perbandaran Seremban. As one of the smaller states in Peninsular Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan offers an important connecting link on the western coast between Selangor and Malacca.

Facts about Seremban

  1. Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
  2. Dialling code: In Seremban, you will need to insert the prefix of +606 if you are calling the land lines. Mobile numbers will maintain their respective prefixes.
  3. Airport: Negeri Sembilan does not have its own airport. This is because it is located very close by to KLIA and klia2 airports.
  4. Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
  5. Distance from airport to city centre: The airport is about 30 minutes drive away
  6. Temperature: Seremban experiences temperature between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius
  7. Climate and Weather: Tropical with high humidity
  8. Common languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English Language, Chinese and Tamil

Transportation in Seremban

To get to the city from the airport, you can hail a taxi which starts from RM80 per ride. Besides that, ride sharing services from Grab and Uber are easily available. In around Seremban, it would be easy if you can use these services as well. Taxi services are available at most major locations too.

Highlights of Seremban

One mention of Seremban and you will surely hear about the Siew Pow here. Besides that, take some time to visit the unique culture here which includes:

  1. Muzium Negeri Sembilan – This is where you can find the artefacts and items that dates back to centuries about the state
  2. Cultural Handicraft Complex and Minangkabau House – The unique culture of the Minangkabau is prevalent here. Check out the local arts here
  3. Sungai Ujong Walk – A place to buy local produce
  4. Port Dickson – One of the top tourist destinations in Malaysia, Port Dickson is only about 30 minutes drive away. It is very crowded mostly during the weekends and public holidays. Pick and choose among the many resorts and hotels here.

Foods around Seremban

  1. Seremban Siew Pow – One of the signature snacks here. You can find them all around town or go to the Empayar Seremban Siew Pow
  2. Hakka Noodles – Using flat noodles served with minced pork, it is one of the oldest establishments here known to date back to the 1930s
  3. Sin Yee Kee – Another popular beef noodles from Seremban, it is a must try for anyone coming here to enjoy the food

Entertainment in Seremban

You can find most entertainment outlets around the shopping malls of Seremban like Terminal 1 and Seremban Parade. However, you can try out other places like:

  1. La Fiesta Fun Pub
  2. Taman Tasik Seremban
  3. Sungei Ujong Pub

One of the fastest growing capitals in Malaysia

Seremban is widely regarded as one of the satellite cities of the Klang Valley as it is located about 45 minutes’ drive from the capital. There are locals from Seremban who travel to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya for work while rising properties in the capital has driven many to buy their properties as far out as Seremban.

Seremban Transportation guide

Seremban is easily accessed on road as it is connected with both the north and south states through the PLUS North-South Expressway. From within the town center, the best way to get around would be through the use of taxis as the bus services can be quite poor as compared to other capitals. As Seremban is not a very large town, the traffic congestion can be quite heavy during the day. Terminal One Mall is the main bus terminal situated along Jalan Sungai Ujong. It offers bus services to other parts of Negeri Sembilan like Port Dickson and Nilai.

Commercial Areas in Seremban

The town center of Seremban is constantly bustling with activities and heavy traffic flow. Areas which are connected by Jalan Dato Bdr Tunggal and Jalan Yam Tuan are among the top commercial areas here. This is where there are many shoplots, retail stores and banks that operate along the sides with shopping malls like Seremban Parade while the KTM Komuter station is located not far from here as well.

Seremban Education guide

Seremban is not a common place for institutes of higher learning mainly because of the size of the town. Nilai, a university town is located not far from here while the Linton University College operates its campus in Mantin, about half an hour’s drive from away. In Nilai, universities like Nilai University, Inti Nilai University and many others are around which form a vibrant and thriving educational hub for the state.

Government Offices in Seremban

As the administrative center for Negeri Sembilan, Seremban has many government offices. The Dewan Perbandaran Seremban is located within the square which is covered by Jalan Yam Tuan, Jalan Tunku Hassan, Jalan Dato Bdr Tunggal and Jalan Zaaba. In within this vicinity, there is the KWSP Seremban office while the Jabatan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negeri Sembilan is located at Wisma Perkesa along Jalan Sungai Ujong, one of the major roads of the city. The Majlis Perbandaran Seremban meanwhile is located at Jalan Yam Tuan.

Seremban Local Culture and Safety

The town center of Seremban is quite safe to go around during the day as it is constantly filled with vehicles and pedestrians. However, at night fall, the town center can be quite quiet with only a handful of cars and cafes open. On weekend nights, illegal street racers can be seen around the likes of Jalan Dato Lee Foong Yee while the backlanes around the town center should be avoided altogether.

Seremban facts and culture

Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan started development back in 1870s when locals discovered tin ore within the vicinity. Following the discovery of tin in some areas, a number of Arab, Chinese and Malay immigrants flocked to the city to work on the mines. Formerly known as Sungai Ujong, the centre flourished as a major mining area in the state. Hence, Linggi River was later transformed as an outlet to import tin and products to other parts of country. Rapid development in Seremban led to rows of shop houses built along several major streets namely Murray Road (now known as Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong), Birch Road (Jalan Dato’ Bandar Tunggal) and Lemon Street (Jalan Tuanku Munawir).

Origins of Seremban

And how Seremban got its name? From a local favourite pastime, Sarimban where children will throw pebbles into air and caught it back with their palms (popularly known as Batu Seremban). By 1916, population in Seremban shot up to 20,000. To accommodate the growing number of residents in town, more shop houses were built along Jalan Datuk Lee Fong Yee (formerly known as Cameron Road) and Jalan Tun Dr Ismail (Setul Road). Minangkabau style house is the best landmark that sets Seremban apart from other cities in Malaysia.

Rich culture in Seremban

Discover the great cultures of the past in Seremban by walking around town and visiting some historic landmarks. Some of the not-to-be-missed places of interest are State Museum in Culture Park, State Secretarial Building, Negeri Sembilan Palace and Senawang Square. For sightseers who are looking forward to explore some religious places in Seremban, take a trip down to Sri Balathandayuthapani Temple and Church of Visitation located along Jalan Yam Tuan, Tong Tien Koon Temple in Temiang as well as Liet Sing Koong Temple in Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong.

Great food and snacks

Similar to any other state in Malaysia, Seremban is famed for mouth-watery and delectable delicacies like:

  1. The crispy Seremban Siew Pau is a pastry bun with pork or chicken fillings.
  2. Meanwhile, if you are looking for scrumptious beef noodles, head over to Seremban main market. Springy noodles with think slices of stewed beef will definitely tempt your palate.
  3. For some spicy dishes, Nasi Padang cooked to perfection with coconut cream served with cili padi is highly recommended for all.
  4. Remember to try Masak Lemak Lado Api cooked with a generous mixture of onions, tumeric, lemon grass and chilies boiled in coconut.