A Short Trip To Melaka
Visiting the city of Melaka is an easy task since the entire urban area can be seen while walking through its small streets. The local American Express Foundation together with the Melaka Tourist Information Center have developed a small road map for tourists that can be used to visit the most important places in the city. The Melaka Heritage Trail route is quite simple to follow and it shows relevant data about each of the interest points you have to visit.
Start by getting on the Melaka Heritage Trail at the Melaka Tourist Information Center. While you are there, do not forget to get some traveling tips and one or more conversation guides. Both the starting and the ending points of the trip are directly in the middle of Malacca and the trail will get you from one attraction to another with ease.
The first stop on the Melaka Heritage Trail is the Malacca River. This is the birthplace of the town and the reason why Melaka is so beautiful. The river was used for navigation, fishing, and trade. Throughout its history the port was used by the colonialist powers as a maritime base and its town was occupied. On one of the river banks you will discover the Palace of Hindu Prince Parameswara and an old 15th century building that used to house the center of the administrative power in the region.
Next your trip will take you to a special place; the home of the Peranakan and Baba Nyonya culture. This culture was formed when a great number of Chinese and Malay people married amongst themselves inside the city. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is a great place to visit in order to find more about this unique culture, its crafts, clothing, and its people.
Near the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum you will discover the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, named the Cheng Hoon Teng by locals and the name means Green Cloud Temple. Next to this impressive temple you will see the most ancient mosque in all of Malaysia, the Kampung Kling Mosque. The mosque was created in 1748 by Indian Muslim traders that lived inside the city.
Another temple, the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Hindu Temple, is the last of the important religious buildings of the city. This temple is also the oldest one of its kind and is dedicated to the benevolent deity Vinayagar, known also as Ganesha.
The St. Paul’s Historical Complex is another great place to visit. This complex was formed by three of the oldest buildings in town. The first building is the residence of the Dutch governor, constructed in the year 1650 and used as the central administration during the Dutch occupation. The St. Paul’s Church is the second building, right next to the third, the surviving city gate named Porta de Santiago which was constructed in 1512.
The last impressive building to visit on your short trip to Melaka is the newly constructed replica of the Malacca Sultanate Palace. This building houses the Malacca Cultural Museum, a grand museum housing the most important cultural artifacts of the Malacca region.
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