Explore and experience Malacca, a historic city rife with colonial and traditional Asian heritage that is reflected in its food, structures and people.
Begin an exciting tour at the historic city of Malacca; listed as one of UNESCO's heritage sites, the city is a living and breathing testimony to a myriad of cultural heritage and influences. Take a stroll down a street and chances are, you would have passed heritage buildings with both Asian and European colonial influences in a cultural farrago. Steeped in history, Malacca has fallen under numerous colonial powers such as the Portuguese, Dutch and the English throughout the ages; each leaving its mark that is evident until this very day.
Driving past Bukit China or Chinese Hill, you will notice Asian grave markers and headstones dotting the hill. If you pay closer attention, you will notice that the graves are shaped like a womb. This womb-like design denotes the Chinese belief that the dead should be laid to rest in the same manner they came into the world. Make a pit stop at the Sultan’s Well (also known as the King’s Well) that is said to never dry out even during droughts.
Once you find yourself on the grounds of the Portuguese Settlement, visit the famous ‘Porta De Santiago’ and the St. Paul’s Church that is bedecked with rows of Dutch tombstones dating back to the 17th century. The ‘Red Square’, another notable landmark, was once a Dutch administrative building that is now home to the government offices and Malacca Museum. In addition, there is the gorgeous Christ Church; an 18th-century Anglican church that is perhaps the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia, stark red against the blue sky.
Stop for some lunch before delving into yet another cultural heritage, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple—also known as the ‘Temple of Green Cloud’. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the nation and embodies three major doctrines of the Chinese beliefs—Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism. Once you have admired beautifully carved woodwork, head towards Jonker Street, located in the heart of Chinatown, where you will be dazzled by rows of antique shops, numerous restaurants and traditional coffee shops offering delicious grub.
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