Seri Menanti is the Royal City for Negeri Sembilan. It is located 32.8 km to the east of Seremban, the state capital of Negeri Sembilan, and 15.8 km to the west of Kuala Pilah. Seri Menanti is situated in a valley surrounded by green hills. A majority of its people are farmers.
It is believed that Seri Menanti was found by the people of Minangkabau from Rembau circa the 15th century. According to oral traditions, while these Minangkabau people were exploring the place, they stumbled across three clumps of green padi trees in the area – it was as if the padi trees were waiting for their arrival. Naturally, the place was called “Padi Menanti” – literally translated into English as “Padi Tree in Waiting”. Soon, the name changed to “Seri Menanti”. It is believed that the word “Seri” is an ancient Javanese word bearing the meaning “Padi”. The name “Seri Menanti” was given by Datuk Puteh, who was hailed in Pagar Ruyong. Datuk Puteh believed that the discovery of the three clumps of padi trees will prosper the state if the place is explored (Seri Menanti, 2013).
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