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Revisiting Malacca – a heritage city

During the long weekend, my friend and I decided to rent a car and drive to Malacca but it being a busy time we could not get a car.  So we took a bus instead. The ride to Malacca takes about 3 hours from Johor.

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Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The capital is Malacca City, which is 148 km south east of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, 235 km north west to Johor’s largest city Johor Bahru.   The monarchy was abolished in Malacca when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, rather than a Sultan, acts as the head of state now.

Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become a major center of the spice trade forming a vital link between the East and the West. Since it’s founding, circa 1400, by a fleeing Sumatra prince, Parameswara. In 1511, the first of many foreign invasions of Malacca took place when the Portuguese arrived. The Portuguese were determined to control the East-West trade; so Malacca still retained its importance as a trade center until 1641 when the Portuguese surrendered Malacca to the Dutch.

The Dutch who had a stronger foothold over the Indonesia archipelago swung the trade center over to Sumatra. In the meantime, Malacca’s trade also declined due to the silting of its port. In 1795 Melaka (Malacca) was given to the British to prevent it form falling to the hands of the French, where the Netherlands was captured during the French Revolution.

Some of the interesting places to see in Malacca are the  Christ Church, Jonker walk, St. Francis Xavier Church, Stadthuys, St. Pauls Church, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca History Museum, the Maritime museum (Muzium Samudera), the Malacca river cruise etc. The line up of decorated rickshaws makes an interesting spectacle. Malacca is a historical city which is now declared a world heritage site.

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You can also spend time sipping coffee at some interesting joints and there are a lot of massage parlours in the area.  You can see people trying out the Chendol, Gula Melaka, Satay, Laksa , water melon drink (a full water melon turned into juice with a handheld mixer) &  Nasi Lemak . For Indian food there are a number of restaurants at the Little India area.

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  1. March 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Sir, I study in Malaysia…thank u for ur article about the tourist attractions here…i love to read it…will visit these places on my semester holidays…thanks again..cheers !

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