Mantin is a city in Negeri Sembilan.
The present name of Mantin is well known for its tin mine owned by a Chinese Company called Kong Sang (广生号). The Europeans called the place 'Mine Tin' while the Malays called it 'Mantin' for at this place tin (lumbong timah) was plentiful. The residents of the place could not say 'Mine Tin' correctly and said Mantin instead.
Mantin is at the heart of a valley. It became a town shortly after the railway connecting Seremban and Kajang was completed in 1903, which enable the export of tin out from this valley town. The tin mines there attracted great number of Chinese migrants. Later when the rubber industry boomed, the villagers took on the plantation of rubber trees.
There are three ways to get to Mantin by car: (1) drive north from Seremban for 16km; (2) Drive south from Kajang for about 25km; (3) From the North-South Expressway, exit Nilai toll, drive towards Pajam town, the proceed to Mantin, following the road signs; total journey about 10km.
There is only one main street. You won't get lost.
St. Aloysius Catholic Church was built in 1900, famous for its reclusive nunnery. But the nuns have moved to Seremban in recent years. The architecture of the Catholic Church is impressive.
Gurudwara Sahib Sikh Temple Mantin was one of the oldest Sikh Temple in Malaysia.
Chung Hua Primary School,  (森美兰州文丁中华小学): Built in 1913, but has been rebuilt and expanded several times.
Mantin used to be famous for its traditional Hakka foods, particularly Yong-Tau-Fu (stuffed bean curd), but it has lost its shines as its original shop next to the old theater demolished. It has now moved to the Mantin Hawker Center on the main street.
Another famous food was Woon-chai-kou (咸茶果/碗仔糕, or rice pudding), but as the original vendor retires, the store has disappeared.
One well-know store that still serves these traditional foods (including Woon-Chai-Kou is Old Mantin (老文丁), located in the New Village (aka Yellow Ward, or Kampung Baru), just 0.5km from the junction to Lenggeng. The shop has a website. You just need to search for "Old Mantin" in Google.
This page was last edited at 14:46, on 21 October 2007 by David. Based on work by Janaka Low and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.