If you’ve just arrived in Seremban by train (recommended), or by bus, and don’t have a car to use, don’t worry too much as there is plenty to see and do within a short walking distance of both stations.
In fact once you step off the train you are already walking within one of the oldest buildings in town.
Top spot #1 Seremban Railway station
Once the pride and joy of locals when it was opened in 1910, Seremban Railway station is still visual evidence of a different time, the 100 year-old train station and clocktower bearing testimony to many years of history – tin ore and raw materials from the state helped build roads all over Malaysia.
It looks a little run-down but potentially one day the authorities might refurbish this classic British architectural style of station which includes curved windows, an old clock tower, verandahs supported by carved wooden beams sporting curved motifs.
There are also old whare-houses, also known as ‘godowns’ which if preserved and re-purposed could house vintage trains, cargo vessels and memorabilia like old train tickets, signage and antiques from a bygone era.
Top spot #2 Post Office
Right opposite the railway station is the Seremban Post Office which is also known as 0 Kilometer batu kosong , control station, or main point. It has some iconic models and exhibits of an older age including a mail-delivery rider on his bicycle standing beside a post box terminal.
Generally 0 Kilometer was set at post offices as they measured the delivery fee from this point 0.
Top spot #3 Taman Tasik / Seremban Lake Gardens
Locals know this is the place to be and in the mornings and afternoons they flock to this wonderful area of lakes, trees, birds and play facilities suitable for both children and adults. It is a sloped park but a relatively easy walk for people of all-ages.
There are three or four lakes in the areas, all offering a variety of activities including an enclosed children’s park, a bicycle track arena for youngsters, exercise machines and platforms and staged areas for tai chi, yoga, falun gong and various other exercise routines.
Taman Tasik is one of the oldest natural lake gardens in Malaysia and home for many small birds that take cover in the tall trees during the months of January to March, as many eagles and raptors, that migrate past Tanjung Tuan near Port Dickson on their way home to Siberia look for an easy meal.
Top spot #4 Seremban Garden Water Biking
Local authorities recently upgraded the fun factor at the main lake at Lake Gardens by adding some quirky paddle boats and water bicycles which have become a very popular family activity. The boats have a themed design with some looking like swans or ducks and the others have a more traditional boat shape as well as some high chair paddle cycles – the kids love it as do adults!
Top spot #5 Sri Bala Thandayuthapani Hindu Temple
Just beside Taman Tasik next to Seremban Prima shopping centre on Jalan Yam Tuan you will find the magnificent Sri Bala Thandayuthapani Hindu Temple which was built by a Seri Lankan businessman in 1895.
The temple boasts of possessing the largest ‘Thanga Ratham’ (golden chariot) for Lord Thandayuthapani in Malaysia. This splendid and intricate golden chariot is immaculate with its teak frame covered in copper plate. The covering is topped with 2.5 kg of gold, a metal which is considered to have the highest spiritual vibration.
Top spot #6 Galeria Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar
This gallery is a place where you can learn more about the state’s royal history, in particular the life of His Royal Highness Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan.
The gallery offers a fun learning experience giving an interactive approach to the history of Negeri Sembilan and the life journey of Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, allowing visitors to not only gain knowledge but to also experience the history for themselves.
Guided tours are available subject to advance notice and availability of slots. Please contact Galeria for further details on their FB page.
Address: Galeri Diraja Tuanku Jaafar, Jalan Taman Bunga Latitude : 2.725132 Longitude 101.946738 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan Malaysia
Top spot #7 Negeri Sembilan State Mosque
This modern State Mosque, built from 1965 until completion in 1967, overlooks the Lake Gardens and has nine pillars representing the 9 districts making up the State of Negeri Sembilan (which literally translates as ‘nine states’).
The mosque has elements of modern design and traditional Minangkabau architecture, and is best seen at dusk or in the evening when it is illuminated.
Top spot #8 Wisma Negeri
At the top of Lake Gardens is Wisma Negeri, Negeri Sembilan’s state secretariat building which was built in 1987.
There are two large buildings but the one you will notice most is the beautiful Minangkabau style building with it’s distinctive roof curves, multi-tiered upswept gables. The other building houses the machineries of the Negeri Sembilan state government, including the Menteri Besar’s (Chief Minister’s) office, Housing and local government unit office and Hall and protocol unit.
Top spot #9 Orchid Garden
Not far from Taman Tasik is Seremban’s Orchid Garden which at certain times of the year could lay claim to being the most colourful 1.62-hectare park you will ever see.
When it’s in season it is a great place to spend time with the family looking at the various colourful orchid plants. Among the orchids planted in the park are Black Orchid, Tiger Orchid, Eria Rulchella, Eria Ornata and many more.
Top spot #10 State Library and Cenotaph
Just a couple of minutes up the road next door to the Wisma Negeri and currently under renovation and repair is the former State Library which has been undergoing a repair/reformation for quite a few years now.
This magnificent building was originally the office of the State Secretary, built in 1912 and designed by A.B.Hubback, an architect responsible for many of Kuala Lumpur’s famous landmarks.
The Cenotaph commemorates those who who perished in battles and was erected by the British originally to commemorate those who died in World War I. The inscription was later expended to include those who fell during World War II as well as the Emergency period.
It is located on the spacious ground in front of the Seremban Public Library Building, currently under reparation, which was originally the State Secretariat Building. There is an inscription in Malay that reads, “Kepada Perwira2 Kita Yang Telah Gugor” (To Our Fallen Heroes).