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31.7.15

Historical City of Melaka

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Party in my mouth and belly. Peranakan feast for lunch: Ayam Buah Keluak, Popiah (Spring Roll), Nyonya Chap Chai (Mixed Vegetable) and Nyonya Laksa. Nancy's totally spoiling us. Pretty sure there's room for Cendol. @ Nancy's Kitchen

Post Peranakan feast tea appreciation in this exquisite tea house that resembles a Chinese temple garden courtyard.

Morning stroll in the Dutch Square. The legacy of the Dutch is still very much alive and felt in Melaka. 

Kampung Kling Mosque - The architectural design of the mosque is a cross between Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu, and the Melaka Malay. What made this mosque unique is that the minaret resembles a pagoda and it is different from the regular dome shaped ones that can be found in other parts of the world. The mosque also has a blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings.

Melaka River by night

Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

Melaka is absolutely gorgeous! The place oozes character and it is a melting pot of cultures spiced with influences from its colonial past and it's perfectly reflected in its buildings, food, culture and people. As it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place is carefully restored, maintained and improved. 

When Justin and I arrived at our guesthouse in Melaka, we asked the host for recommendations on what to see, do and eat. For sightseeing, my host told us to sign up for the free heritage trial tour at the Tourist Information Office, which is situated right in the heart of the old city on what is now called the Dutch Square. You'll have to be there by 9.30AM to sign up for the tour as the walking tour is only conducted once a day, I think? 

From the steps of the tourist office you'd face some of Melaka's most famous landmarks. Christ Church, completed in 1753, is one of the oldest Protestant churches outside of Europe and no noils were used in its construction by the Dutch. It became an Anglican Church when the British took over. The tour then took us up to St. Paul's Hill behind the Stadthuys to view the ruined church and lighthouse. The Portuguese built a small chapel called Our Lady of the Hill in 1521. From there we made our way through the interesting shophouse-lined streets to Sam Poh Kong Temple, popular for its wall paintings, attractive tiling and intricate roofline. 

The walking tour was very informative and we learnt so much about Melaka! We found ourselves wandering back into the core of the World Heritage City conservation zone. We explored the streets, the little lanes and alleyways that run between them. We also visited the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to learn more about the unique culture of this community. 

Justin and I also checked out the Melaka Sultanate Palace on our last day there. The beautiful wooden building is a replica of the 15th century palace of the Sultan of Melaka. So this concludes our short trip to Malaysia. Melaka is such a fascinating place to visit and also, for the non-culturally-curious, this place is a delicious one in which to eat. 

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Fierce and Love, 
J






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