Mar 3, 2016

16 Seremban : Cultural Arts Centre

We road-tripped from KL to Seremban last Sunday, in what I can now label as my 'old junk'. Yup, my small car is more than a decade old, sun-faded and has been through and been to quite a lot. Have wheels, can travel-bah !

Some people say - Seremban? Nothing to see one!  I beg to differ. There is always something to see for those who can find the beauty in every experience. So, here I am at the Seremban Cultural Arts Centre (also state museum) looking and behaving very much like a tourist. Laughably clicking away at the phone camera at every this-one-is-good-for-memories opportunity!

There were several travel reviews that gave this place a 'negative'. Oddly, I enjoyed the visit tremendously. Sure, there was a thin layer of dust here and there. Neither did it contain a large collection of historical artifacts, but it did carry the heart and soul of Negeri Sembilan, which is the the unique style of Minangkabau architecture of pointy roofs that is identifiable by most Malaysians.

Seremban Cultural Arts Centre

Seremban Cultural Arts Centre

This building, pictured below, is called 'Teratak Perpatih'. The roof resembles the buffalo horn. It is a museum of sorts with local crafts and artifacts being exhibited. There is a hall dedicated to the postal service.

Teratak Perpatih

My mother worked in the Post Office all her life. It was an era where people were proud of their jobs, got along easily with others and were just happy with anything they got out of life. I was most excited about the stamp exhibition because I used to collect it. It was a time I diligently wrote letters to penpals on perfumed paper and mailed them off with stamps I had carefully selected.

Inside Teratak Perpatih

Next to the main building is Istana Ampang Tinggi , a royal residence relocated to its current location in 1980. It is said that this royal residence was built without using nails. The building beside it is a sample of a traditional Negeri Sembilan home.

Istana Ampang Tinggi (left), Rumah Tradisional Negeri Sembilan (right)

I climbed up the wooden staircase of the Istana (Palace) to have a look inside. The worn wooden planks creaked under my weight. It was a long hall with many curtained windows and a private resting area at the back.

Istana Ampang Tinggi

Istana Ampang Tinggi

There are various interesting pieces of historical items being displayed around the neat compound of the Cultural Arts Centre. A replica of the megalithic stones of Pengkalan Kempas stands in the middle, an old locomotive can be found near the office and in the far corner, traditional wooden boats are housed in an open  roofed-structure.

Replica of the Megalithic Stones of Pengkalan Kempas

Old Locomotive

Olden day Wooden Boats

What to expect: A small town kind of museum. Does not contain an extensive collection of historical pieces, nor an in depth description.

Still a good place to go, especially to see the royal residence up close - it's the real deal!

Location : Jalan Sungai Ujong, Lebuhraya Seremban - Bukit Nenas (Near Plaza Tol Seremban A)
Telephone:+60 6-763 1149

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Mr. & Mrs. O


16 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I'm in love with the architectures, Sharon! The roofs are so enchanting! xoxo

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    1. Me too! It's amazing that how people can find inspiration in just about anything, even buffalo horns!

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    1. It is, I would say, a nice place to go. :D

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  3. Any place is worth a visit. It is how we make it interesting and educational. ^^

    I studied in Nilai before but seldom went down to Seremban which is few minutes train ride. The only place I went in Seremban is Seremban Parade Mall which is walking distance from KTM station. Sigh. Those were the days. Now ask me to walk, I would complain. Wahahaha. But womehow when travelling, tiring legs is never a big issue.

    Btw, I love your photos. A nice visit to cultural arts centre.

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    1. High 5, Rose! We are alike. If I had to walk under the sun, I would complain. But when I travel, I don't think too much about it.
      And thanks - good weather, good photos..haha ;)

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  4. What lovely places. Thanks for sharing your journeys. Makes the world seem a bit smaller!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading this, Abbe! :D

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  5. I have been to Seremban many times but have never visit these places.

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  6. For me it's very interesting place!

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  7. It looks like a beautiful place to visit! ... and how awesome is it that it only took a road trip for you to see it! So lucky!

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    1. Yes, it was totally awesome - I wish I'd started doing this earlier!

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  8. would like to visit one day
    wanna see your portrait in pictures

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