PENDANG, Oct 18 -- The Seri Banian Malay Customs Village, set up by a silat master, offers glimpses of the old Malay world to its visitors.
Dil Akbar Jaafar, 40, said the village attraction at Kampung Bendang Bukit here is based on the concept of the Archipelago Malay architecture, featuring traditional Malay houses and yore culture of the people of Acheh, Banjar, Bugis, Java and Minangkabau.
“The Seri Banian Malay Village has been operating for a year. The idea to open this village came about five years ago,” Dil Akhbar told Bernama.
A visit by Bernama to the village found four houses with unique old Malay designs, all with a “balairung seri” or hall, giving visitors the feel of the yesteryears.
Dil Akbar said he built the village with the aim of preserving the culture and heritage of the past generation of the 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 a homestay and am now in the process of upgrading the basic utilities such as the lamps to give visitors an experience of living in the old days,” he said.
The village opens daily from 10 am until 7 pm and tickets are priced at RM3 for an adult 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, such as the silat.
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