Top 10 Attractions to Visit in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Top 10 Attractions to Visit in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Have you ever been to an ostrich farm? There's one in Seremban!

Port Dickson has been and probably always will be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. However, just 40 minutes away from the popular beach getaway spot is Seremban, the quaint state capital of Negeri Sembilan. Seremban often isn’t considered much of a tourist destination, even for locals. However, unbeknownst to most, there’s actually plenty to see, experience, and eat there!

Seremban is most popular for its food, especially fresh seafood caught off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from being an underrated foodie paradise, there are also plenty of hip shopping malls and heritage sites in Seremban. If you want to admire unique Minangkabau architecture with your own eyes, Seremban’s the place to be. So, to satisfy all your piqued curiosities, here’s a list of the top attractions you simply must visit in Negeri Sembilan!

1. Gunung Angsi

Gunung Angsi is the highest mountain peak in all of Negeri Sembilan. Nestled within Hulu Bendol Forest and standing over 800 metres tall, Gunung Angsi is easily the most popular hiking spot among locals in Negeri Sembilan and even the neighbouring states of Selangor and Malacca. Being only a 20-minute drive away from the city centre of Seremban, it is also easily accessible and the perfect way to start your Seremban adventure!

While it pales in comparison to Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, hiking up Gunung Angsi can still be quite a challenge, especially for those not familiar with forest trails. We recommend securing the services of a guide to lead the way. As you inch towards the peak, you’ll also pass by other mountains such as Mount Tampin and Mount Berembun. If you’d like an even more immersive experience, you can also camp overnight or go jungle trekking during the day. However, the main highlight remains the alluring scenery that awaits you at the very top.

Also read: Top Things To Eat In Seremban Including Caramelised Crabs!

2. Palm Mall

While Seremban isn’t as big a city as Kuala Lumpur, it certainly has its fair share of glitzy shopping malls. Palm Mall is the largest lifestyle and shopping mall in the city and is the go-to place for retail therapy. With over 180 retail outlets and eateries, it’s the perfect place for shopaholics and foodies. What’s more, the artistic pedestrian boulevard outside the mall also doubles up as an ambient photo spot.

3. The Sandalwood

Sticking to the topic of shopping, one unique shop that we highly recommend is The Sandalwood. As the name suggests, this unique local craft store, founded in the 1950s, deals in novelty sandalwood products and souvenirs, including decorative beads, statues, wood pieces, and even fragrant essential oils. It’s definitely a must-visit for all those who enjoy collecting beautiful artisan crafts and definitely something you’ll find hard to come across anywhere else in Malaysia.

4. Seremban Cultural Complex

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If you’re looking to experience the culture of Negeri Sembilan, there’s no better point of interest than the Seremban Cultural Complex. The complex is made up of three separate buildings: the Negeri Sembilan House, the State Museum, and Ampang Tinggi Palace. Not only will you be able to delve into the rich heritage and culture of the state, but you’ll also be able to admire the unique designs of Mingangkabau architecture.

Pay particular attention to the oddly-shaped roof. The story behind the design is a unique one that you should definitely discover during your trip there. This is the point of interest that every tourist needs to go and visit. Inside, you’ll be able to find vintage photographs, silverware, traditional costumes and even artefacts dating back centuries!

5. Centipede Temple

If you’ve still got feeling in your legs after your hike up Gunung Angsi, then why not visit the famous Centipede Temple? Officially known as Sze Koon Temple, this Buddhist complex is located way up the hill and reaching it requires a fair amount of walking 260 steps of stairs, to be exact. But don’t worry, it’s not a boring climb by any means. As you make your way up, you’ll come across plenty of vibrant statues along the way. The locals gave the temple the nickname Centipede Temple because of the various types of centipedes found outside the temple. In fact, the entrance of the complex is marked with the statue of a giant centipede. But don’t worry, this one doesn’t bite!

From the top of the hill, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Seremban. If you’re into photography, this would be a good spot for some snaps in the day.

6. Jelita Ostrich Farm

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For a unique experience in Seremban that’s enjoyable for both young and old, visit the well-known Jelita Ostrich Farm! Here, you can get up close and personal with these massive birds and even catch a glimpse of their huge eggs. However, do be careful because the last thing you want is to be attacked by a bird that’s almost the same height as an average person! Apart from ostriches, you can also interact with other farm animals such as goats, turkeys, and geese.

7. Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar

Klang is not the only town that has a royal gallery. There is one in Seremban too! The Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar is where you should go to learn more about the state’s royal history. You may choose to either go on a guided tour or visit the museum on your own. For the best value for your visit, we recommend going with the guided tour, so make sure to book in advance!  Inside the gallery, you can take a closer look at the various royal artefacts on display. Immerse yourself in the history of Negeri Sembilan and Tuanku Ja’afar, the former Yang di-Pertuan Besar of the state.

8. Seremban Lake Garden

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Another favourite spot among Seremban locals is Seremban Lake Garden. If you are looking for some fresh air and a spot to enjoy the cool breeze, this is the place to be. It is one of the oldest natural lake gardens in the country but until today, remains one of the most alluring places in Malaysia for a relaxing evening. As the young and young at heart frolic in the playground, you can take a relaxing stroll around the lake or simply unwind to a picnic as you laze the day away.

Also read: The Best Seafood Spots in Port Dickson

9. Jeram Toi Forest Eco Park

Apart from Gunung Angsi, another recreational forest to check out is Jeram Toi Forest Eco Park. It is located about 28km away from Seremban. This lovely, verdant eco-park is nestled among the tall trees of the forest, allowing you to get close to nature in a relatively cool, comfortable environment. Filled with beautiful flora, curious forest-dwelling animals and even the 80-metre tall Lata Kijang waterfall!

You can also enjoy activities like trekking and swimming. However, do note that during the weekends and public holidays, the area becomes understandably packed to the brim. Therefore, if you’d like some peace and quiet, plan your visit on a weekday.

10. Seremban Gateway

Generally, you will seldom find a shopping mall that is open 24 hours every day, regardless of where you are in Malaysia. Surprisingly, Seremban Gateway is indeed such a mall! If you’re looking for some mouthwatering supper or some late-night therapy, Seremban Gateway has got you covered. While it isn’t the biggest shopping mall in the state, it certainly has its own appeal. In fact, some locals say that shopping here feels like shopping in a spacious airport!

You never know what you could stumble upon when you explore destinations off the beaten track. In the case of Seremban, this quaint city truly proves that there are hidden travel gems worth the detour. The next time you take a trip to Malaysia, don’t be afraid to put Seremban on your list of bucket list destinations! You will certainly not regret it!

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Adrian Chew
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Adrian was born and raised in a small town called Muar, Johor in Malaysia. He likes reading, watching TV, surfing the internet and travelling (if he has time and budget). His favourite destinations are Perth, Siem Reap, Cebu and Singapore. In regards to writing, he loves travel writing too as it helps to broaden his horizon on the different countries, culture, food etc. around the world.


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