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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Come Discover Malacca

The historic heart of town is distinctive, with narrow one-way lanes hugged by old colonial-style shop houses built by the Dutch and British and later inhabited by wealthy Chinese and Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) families. The buildings that stand out, however, are the bright red structures, a church and administrative buildings built by the Dutch during their rule. Just steps away are the remains of a Portuguese fort and church, and also close by you'll find English churches as well.

1. Porta Santiago (A’Famosa)
  • Prominent landmark in Malacca was a fortress built by Portuguese admiral Alfonso d’Albuquerque
  • Was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641.
  • The Dutch has set to destroy it but timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles a British official, in 1808 saved what remains of today.

2. Malacca Sultanate Palace (Entrance not incaluded)

  • A 15th Century Malay Palace turned into a cultural museum.
  • Huge diorama depicts a sultan’s court while the main exhibits relate to Malacca Culture

3. Dutch Cemetery

  • A war memorial dedicated to the British officers and soldier died in the Naning War (1811 – 1832)

4. St. Paul’s Church 
  • Was built on a hill in 1521 by Duarte Coelho, a Catholic Portuguese captain. 
  • Chapel was converted by the Dutch into a burial ground for noble dead and renamed it to St. Paul’s Church 
  • St. Francis Xavier was enshrined in the open grave before his body was transferred to Goa in India

5. The Stadthuys (admission fee incl)

  • Built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and their officers, the edifice is a fine example of Dutch architecture
  • Believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the east (circa 1641 & 1660)
  • Houses the Museum of Historic & Ethnography, on  display daily are fine traditional bridal costumes and relics of Malacca’s glorious past Originally white, it was given a striking salmon red to match the nearby Christ Church
6. Christ Church 
  • The church is testimony of Dutch architectural ingenuity
  • Features include the church’s handmade pews, ceiling beams (constructed without joints), brass bible, tombstone (with Armenian inscriptions) and The Last Supper’ in glazed tiles
  • Was turned into an Anglican church and added a weathercock as well as a bell tower when the British arrived
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7. St. Francis Xavier Church
  • Built in 1849 by a catholic French priest Rev Farve a gothic style church
  • It is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier who was known as ‘The Apostle of the East’ for his missionary
8. Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
  • One of the 1st Hindu Temples built in the country in 18th century on the site of the Chitty’s first settlement
  • It was built on the plot given by the Dutch
9. Kampung Kling Mosque 
  • One of the oldest mosques in the country with Sumatran architectural features
  • Has 3 tiered pyramid shape roof and a pagoda like minaret potraying a mixture of East-west architectural influence

10. Cheng Hoon Teng temple
  • The oldest Chinese temple in the country built in 1646 with materials sourced from China.
  • Fine workmanship is evident in the ornately decorated mythological figures, carvings and lacquer work inside the temple 
  • The temple has an inscription commemorating the 1st visit of Admiral Cheng Ho, the Ming Emperor’s emissary to Malacca
11.  Jalan Hang Jebat (aka Jonker Street)
  • This street is famous for its antique goods and famous cendol
  • May find bound-feet shoe at Wah Aik (92 Jln Hang Jebat) crafts doll-like shoes for bound feet; they also can custom made 
  • Peranakan beaded slipper
12. The Baba & Nyonya heritage Museum (admission not incl)
  • Was the ancestral home of 3 generations of Baba & Nyonya family
  • The building is typical of the Baroque-style homes of wealthy Chinese families
  • Furniture is made of Chinese rosewood in a mixture of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs
13. Kampung Hulu Mosque
  • Built in 1728 it is the oldest mosque in Malaysia
  • Its unique architectural style is not traceable to others in the country