Located near the Straits of Malacca, in the southern region of Malay Peninsula, Malacca or Melaka is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese culture as once it was one of the greatest trading ports in Southeast Asia. When the time has passed, the flourishing port has changed to serene backwater city. After listed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, Melaka becomes one of the most picked getaway destinations. It boasts its scrumptious cuisines and unique heritage in laidback atmosphere and lost-in-time feel. Wandering in Melaka, the visitors will find historical spots amidst Chinese and Malaysian stalls. Here’re some splendid attractions in Melaka:
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum: A Peranakan townhouse furnished with Victorian and Dutch-style Chinese hardwood furniture is formed to look like a typical 19th-century Baba-Nyonya residence.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple: This temple is the oldest traditional Chinese temple in Malaysia. Its significance is the engraved woodwork.
Christ Church: It is Malaysia’s oldest, red-coral Protestant church with a huge white cross.
Maritime Museum & Naval Museum: This museum is the recreation of Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship believed that sunk near the Straits of Malacca. There’re variety of dated props such as old maps, scale model ships and relics that chronicle Malacca’s history.
Malacca Sultanate Palace: A unique style museum which is a replica of 15-century palace homes ornate wood carvings.
Jonker Street: In the past, Chinatown’s centre street was renowned for its antique stores but now it is known as the Jonker night market where tasty foods are sold at friendly price.
Aside from wandering around and visit the historical sites, the visitors can hop on the boat and journey down the Melaka river which is known as Venice of the East or have some fun at Melaka theme park and enjoy the view of Straits of Malacca from a giant gondola-style Ferris wheel.
Tips: Don’t miss fried egg ice-cream and Nyonya pineapple tarts at the Jonker Walk Night Market.