Getting to Seremban
Seremban is not a popular destination for most tourists visiting Malaysia, in fact I doubt it would make the Top 10 places to visit in Malaysia, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to see or do there.
It is only a one hour drive by car from the capital Kuala Lumpur, so Seremban can offer International visitors a great microcosm view of what Malaysia can offer, without travelling too far.
Seremban also has enough attractions to entice longer term tourists as well.
The easiest way to get there from KL there is by car. You can also catch a train from KL Central which will set you back about RM8.30 or a bus that leaves from Pasar Seni which is about RM6.50.
You'll reach the Seremban station, which was built in 1924. It has a lovely clock tower with an Islamic style cupola atop. The journey takes about an hour and a bit later depending on traffic.
Lake Gardens-Taman Tasik
Just across the road from the Railway station is the Lake Gardens which are very well-kept, have excellent pathways and are usually litter free.
Here you can walk around the lakes via different routes, with joggers, cyclists and exercise junkies alongside you.
There are many tall trees which offer shade, gazebos or a table and chairs for a picnic. The lakes are also well stocked with fish so don't be surprised to see fisherman throwing a few lines in the hope of catching some dinner.
There are plenty of hotels around this area so it is a great place to base your stay and relax as it is close to many popular sites and allows easy access to the main highways.
The Orchid Garden
Don't miss out on viewing one of Seremban's latest must-see destinations, The Orchid Garden, which is part of the Lake Gardens area.
Located opposite the Lake Gardens, entry to The Orchid Garden is free and visitors are allowed in between 10.00am and 7.00pm daily.
The park also has WiFi capabilities, a campsite, a childrens playground and is near a hotel if you want to visit more than once.
Management are planning on making black orchids the park's main attraction and with over 40 types of hybrid and wild orchids at the 1.62ha park, it is well worth a peek.
Negeri Sembilan State Mosque
The State Mosque
You can see the Negeri Sembilan State Mosque from the Lake and Orchid Gardens and what an impressive sight it is. Derived from Modernist and Minangkabau architecture, the mosque is both functional and symbolic.
The roof of the mosque mimics that of a buffalo horn. It has nine sides which form a huge payong or umbrella, and each funnel measures 100 feet. The minaret, on the other hand, is separated from the main building. It has a round base and six pillars representing the six tenets of Islamic faith. There is no pillar in the prayer hall and the meticulous carvings were all locally made. This mosque is open any time and any day to those who wish to look inside.
It is located at Jalan Datuk Hamzah and was constructed between 1965 and 1967, and officially opened on the 24th of November,1967. The beautiful architecture is a wonderful combination of a Modernist and Minangkabau style.
Sri Bala Thandayuthapani Hindu Temple
Sri Bala Thandayuthapani Hindu Temple
This wonderful Hindu temple is just down the road from the State Mosque and is home to what is may be the largest ‘Thanga Ratham’ (golden chariot) for Lord Thandayuthapani in Malaysia.
The chariots frame is made from teak and is covered by a copper topping which is covered by gold, 2.5kg of it.
Around 1899 a local businessman saw an apparition of a boy and a peacock in a field so he funded the building of the temple at the site of his vision.
Today many worshippers and visitors attend this immaculate temple at Jalan Yam Tuan which is conveniently next to Seremban Prima shopping centre where you can park your car if driving and have a cool drink or a meal.
Jelita ostrich farm
Jelita Ostrich Farm
The 4.2-hectare Jelita Ostrich Farm is considered to be the first ostrich farm in Malaysia.
The farm is located about 10km from Seremban along the Seremban-Jelebu Rd and gives visitors a rare opportunity to see ostriches up close in a natural environment.
You can also ride an ostrich, stand on an ostrich egg (it won't break!) or buy some souveniers from the shop including health products.
Guided tours are also available to introduce you to all different aspects of these flightless birds.
Where: Kampung Sungai Terip, 70400, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Phone: +606 767 0707
Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in Seremban and is believed to have being built in 1924.
Its architectural style is that of an old Malaccan mosque with a pagoda shaped minaret and a central tower instead of a dome.
It is painted in a rich red colour and is one of the most beautiful photo stops in the city.
Where:Corners of Jalan Yam Tuan and Jalan Dato' Bandar Tunggal
Old Seremban Shophouses
Old Seremban shopfronts and Chinese Temples
Close to Masjid Jamek are some wonderful shopfront streets that take you back in time and are wonderful photo opportunities.
Old chinese temples are surrounded by shops with craftsmen making steel boxes and other Indian workers weaving garlands of flowers together - you will find just about anything you want in this area.
Be careful crossing the road here as it is a bit of a speedway for motorists. Also keep your eyes on the ground and walls as there are many old painted motifs and services offered in a variety of advertisements.
WHERE: Along Jalan Yam Tuan and Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong.
Street art provides delightful photo opportunities in town
Right in the centre of town are some delightful street art designs painted on the walls offering some great photographic memories for visitors to Seremban.
You will find them in the Lorong Seni laneways near the HSBC Bank located on the corner of Jln Tunku Hassan and Jln Dato Bandar Tunggal.
Seremban markets provide the region with fresh produce
The Seremban Markets is the place to go to ensure fresh fruit, veges, fish and meat go on your plate and is open from 7am till 12pm every day except Saturday, although there is more than likely someone selling something there!
The market is located at Jalan Tuanku Munawir on the northern part of Seremban and it is best to get there early, not only to get the freshest produce, but to get a park which becomes a manic task very early on.
Above the markets you will find many food stalls utilising the fresh ingredients - home to what many aficionados say are some of the best beef noodles in town.