Malacca is a small, friendly city that with many eye-catching sights and attractive modern establishments. It is easy to go around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make Malacca unique. As you explore them, you’ll learn about the rich heritage and hostory that has shaped the landscape and left a mark on Malaysia’s cultural lifestyle.One of the most pronounced influence is the Portuguese architectural that one can see around Malacca. When the Portuguese came in 1511, they built a fort overlooking the river, and named it A Famosa.
part from Portuguese influence, there is also Chinese descendant’s settler that have adopted into the local Malay culture through intermarriage, forming the distinct Baba and Nyonya flavours. Be sure to visit Baba and Nyonya Heritage Musuem to view the unique carving of furniture and house interior. As mentioned earlier, Malacca is a place where many culture meets. The Stadthuys, which means the Municipal Town Hall in Dutch, and it’s the biggest and oldest Dutch building in Southeast Asia, located in the Malacca Town Square. It was built when the Dutch took over Malacca from the Portuguese and it took nearly 20 years to completion where the building materials are imported from Netherlands.
If you are an antic lover, Jonker Street will be a perfect place for you. It’s pleasant for a slow stroll where you can get delicious local delicacies, Nyonya fashions and shoes as well as cafes and pubs. There are also a few Baba and Nyonya style accommodation in Jonker Street, where you can truly experience the living of the ‘Peranakan’, example, The Baba House. Otherwise, there are plenty of hotels around Malacca. Other attractions of Malacca include Marine Musuem and Zoo Malacca.
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