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KOTA, NEGERI SEMBILAN

COORDINATES / KOORDINAT
2.518166° N; 102.154863° E (2° 31' 5.397" N; 102° 9' 17.5068" E)

LOCATION
Kota is a small town in Negeri Sembilan. It is situated between Rembau (14.1km to its north) and Tampin (10.0km to its south) through Federal Road 1. There are several villages in Kota and this includes Kampung Lengong Ulu, Kampung Gadong, Kampung Sri Kendung and Kampung Sawah Raja (Kota, Negeri Sembilan, 2013).

LOKASI
“Kota” merupakan sebuah bandar kecil di Negeri Sembilan yang terletak di antara Rembau (14.1km di sebelah utara melalui Jalan Persekutuan 1) dan Tampin (10.0km di sebelah selatan melalui Jalan Persekutuan 1). Bandar kecil ini mempunyai beberapa buah kampung-kampung, antaranya Kampung Legong Ulu, Kampung Gadong, Kampung Sri Kendong, dan Kampung Sawah Raja (Kota, Negeri Sembilan, 2013).


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TOPONYMY
According to the story narrated by the older folks in the area, a group of Minangkabau people from Pagar Ruyung in the West of Sumatera, had come to Rembau to spread Islam as well as for trading purposes. Since they received a warm welcome from the locals, they decided to reside at the place and as a result, many of them married the locals. Datok Lela Balang, the chief of the Minangkabau people at that time, established a new settlement close to Merbau Tua. Ever since then, this new village has been known as “Kampung Kota” (Abdul Latip Talib, 2004).

TOPONOMI
Menurut ceritanya, sekumpulan masyarakat Minangkabau yang datang dari Pagar Ruyung Sumatera Barat telah datang ke Rembau dengan tujuan mengembangkan agama Islam di samping berniaga. Oleh kerana orang-orang asli di situ menyambut kedatangan mereka dengan baik, mereka mengambil keputusan untuk terus menetap di situ. Malah, ramai juga dari mereka yang berkahwin dengan penduduk tempatan. Datok Lela Balang, ketua masyarakat Minangkabau pada ketika itu, telah membuka sebuah penempatan baru yang berhampiran dengan Kampung Merbau Tua. Kampung yang baru dibuka inilah yang dinamakan Kampung Kota (Abdul Latip Talib, 2004).

ATTRACTION

  1. Replica of Raja Melewar’s Palace
  2. Raja Melewar’s Mausoleum
  3. Gunung Tampin Reserved Forest

TARIKAN

  1. Replika Istana Raja Melewar
  2. Makam Raja Melewar
  3. Hutan Simpan Gunung Tampin

REFERENCE
Abdul Latip Talib (July 19, 2004). Cerita Rakyat Negeri Sembilan [Blog post]. Retrieved at August 24, 2014 from http://novellatip.blogspot.com/2004/07/kumpulan-cerita-rakyat-negeri-sembilan.html
Kota, Negeri Sembilan. (2013). Retrieved at August 24, 2014 from http://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kota,_Negeri_Sembilan


Mount Tampin Reserved Forest
Hutan Simpan Gunung Tampin
Replica of Raja Melewar’s Palace
Replika Istana Raja Melewar
Raja Melewar’s Mausoleum
Makam Raja Melewar
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