A peek into the old Malay world


Time capsule: Houses (left) made with traditional materials and a silat demonstration that is performed on Fridays and Saturdays at the Seri Banian Malay Customs Village. — Bernama

PENDANG: The Seri Banian Malay Customs Village, which was set up by a silat master, offers glimpses of the old Malay world to visitors.

Dil Akbar Jaafar, 40, said the attraction at Kampung Bendang Bukit here was based on Archipelago Malay architecture featuring traditional Malay houses and the cultures of the Aceh, Banjar, Bugis, Java and Minangkabau people.

“The Seri Banian Malay Village has been operating for a year. The idea to open this village came about five years ago, ” he said.

A visit to the village found four houses with unique old Malay designs, all with a “balairung seri” or hall, giving visitors the atmosphere of a bygone era.

Dil Akbar said he built the village with the aim of preserving the culture and heritage of Malays in the Archipelago.

According to him, Seri Banian refers to a beautiful village where the word “Ban” means “village” in Siamese while “Nian” means quiet and cool.

“I plan to turn these old Malay houses into homestays and I’m in the process of upgrading the basic facilities with traditional lamps to give visitors an experience of living in the old days, ” he added.

The village opens daily from 10am to 7pm.

Tickets are priced at RM3 for adults and RM1 for children.

On Fridays and Saturdays, visitors can also sample special dishes of the Archipelago Malays while enjoying traditional Malay music and songs and watching cultural performances or silat. — Bernama

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