After it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site last 2008, Malacca become one of my top list to visti once I’ll be hitting Malaysia or Singapore. True enough, the charm of this historical city never fails my expectations once we arrived there.
“Malacca, located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca. The capital is Malacca, which is 148 km south east of Malaysia’s capital city KL, 235 km north west to Johor’s largest city Johor Baru , and 95 km north west to Johor’s second largest city Batu Pahat
People in Malacca, called their city as Negeri Bersejara as Historic City. True enough when you reach there, you’ll see how does colonial settlement affects the whole town. It seems like I am walking along the Portuguese, yet I’ll see the Chinese influence on temples, The food is Indian and you will hear a Muslim Mosque’s Salah as Malay. That’s what’s my impression was, It was a melting pot of various cultures and religion and yet incorporates in a city.
This time, I’ll be dedicating this blog on places you can see and some descriptions on these places as we go along our travel moments in this city.
Christ Church and Dutch Square
I think one of the iconic pictures you must have is with this church which was built between 1741 and 1753. History said that this church’s bricks was shipped from Netherlands. On the floor of the church you will find Dutch tombstones. It is the oldest protestant church in Malaysia. The red colors was eye catching and you just cant miss it.
Dutch Square is the beautiful square around Christ Church and the Stadhuys. On this square you will find the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower, near the intersection.
Saint Paul’s Church and the A Famosa
A famosa pose
It was originally built in 1521, by the Portuguese, this is a fortress in the uphill that you have to see. On the top you’ll see the church known before as Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Annunciation), It has been used as a burial ground for the Dutch. You can still see the tombstones, along the walls of ruins of the church.
on the top of the Hill! St. Paul’s Church!
We took a good walk along the river from Jalan Munshi Abdullah There is a boardwalk and past a number of sheek looking houses decorated with large paintings. Some of the paintings depict life of old and modern Malacca. Even famous persons and characters. Very colourful indeed.
They bought old watermills, evidence of dutch influence
Looks like Intramuros!
Melaka River Cruise
I guess If you want to experience a Venice like offering in Malacca, one of the must do is the River cruise. It is a 45 minutes travel with English tour that you engage you to see what Malacca can offer. Some of the best places to see can be found during the cruise. I suggest you take the sunset trip of night time to see the colors!
view from the river!
Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street.
Kampung Keling Mosque
Jonker Walk and Night life street!
And of course, the colorful rickshaws with Oppa Gangman Style sound!
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