Negeri Sembilan's rich traditions go back a long way. One of these has been
manifested in the construction of the Sri Menanti Palace in Sri Menanti. Built
at the turn of this century to replace an older palace which was burnt down, this
uniquely constructed palace has now become a tourist attraction after it was turned
into a Royal Museum in 1992.
The Sri Menanti Palace was the official residence of the royal family until 1931
when it was found to be inadequate for the growing functions of the state. Designed
by two local craftsmen and carpenters, "Tukang Kahar" and "Tukang Taib", the wooden
palace or "Istana Lama" (old palace), which was completed in about six years in
1908, was built without the aid of any nails or screws. The palace, which features
99 magnificent pillars to denote 99 warriors of various "luak" or clans, is often
the subject of study and research among students of architecture.