Malacca: Culture & History

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A full or half day city tour to visit the key historical and cultural sites of the UNESCO world heritage city of Malacca. Meander through the city streets on foot (or by local trishaw if preferred) admiring the European architecture. Stopping points include A Famosa, St Pauls Church and the Stadthuys – the former Dutch City Hall where you will also see the eccentric Malacca trishaws. Continue from here to a traditional Malay house to learn about local customs. Afterwards visit an ancient Portuguese settlement which has a central square used for entertaining and socialising – the only one of its kind in Malaysia. From here it’s time to refuel with a delicious local lunch at a ‘pernakan’ style restaurant. The food served is influenced by Cantonese and Portuguese cooking styles, resulting for Malacca’s rich cultural history.

The afternoon walk takes you along Temple Street. A perfect place to get a taste of the diverse cultures of Malacca, you can visit the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Kampong King Mosque and Sri Vinayagar temple. The Indian, Chinese and Malay religious customs are fascinating to understand and the temples have stood in this street since the early 18th century. Continue to see restored Peranakan buildings (a cultural mix of Han-Chinese and Malay that forged its own style, known as the Baba-Nyonya, from the 15th century).

For a relaxed end to the day take a chance to visit the excellent Baba-Nyonya museum before a coffee shop or a spot of shopping along famous Jonker Street. If travelling over a weekend the area is a hive of activity and the street comes alive with locals and tourists selling a range of interesting items.

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