Negeri Sembilan, one of the 13 states that constitutes Malaysia, lies on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, just south of Kuala Lumpur and borders Selangor on the north, Pahang in the east, and Malacca and Johor to the south.
The name is believed to derive from the nine districts or negara (now known as luak) settled by the Minangkabau, a people originally from West Sumatra (in present-day Indonesia). Minangkabau features are still visible today in traditional architecture and the dialect of Malay spoken.
Unlike the hereditary monarchs of the other royal Malay states, the ruler of Negeri Sembilan is known as Yang di-Pertuan Besar instead of Sultan. The election of the Ruler is also unique. He is selected by the council of Undangs who lead the four biggest districts of Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol, and Rembau, making it one of the more democratic monarchies.
The capital of Negeri Sembilan is Seremban. The royal capital is Seri Menanti in the district of Kuala Pilah. Other important towns are Port Dickson and Nilai.
The popular attractions in Negeri Sembilan are:
Port Dickson Beach
– A famous weekend retreat for city dwellers, it is said to have been named after a British officer, Sir John Frederik Dickson in 1889
Seri Menanti Royal Museum – Originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan Royal family, this five storey wooden palace, was built using no nails or screws. Expect to find costumes, weaponry, bed chambers as well as documents on the royal lineage on display in the museum
Army Museum – The ultimate collections of artefact which had once witnessed the battlement to retain the sovereignty of Malaysia