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    Narow Houses

    by diageva Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Houses

    Favorite thing: I have hear that the houses are very narrow because in old day they had to pay to a very high tax for facade. That is way you will think that the house are very little, but they are not .. if you get in you will find that they are very long and have lovely patios insid, like Hotel Puri have

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    Red Square - Dutch Square

    by Audrey118 Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Dutch Square

    Favorite thing: Lots of names to this area...it is the very heart of Melaka..which many tourist must come to...

    The picture shows of the Queen Victoria fountain, completed in 1901 in commemoration of her Diamond Jubilee. It was erected by the "People of Melaka"

    The square has lots of history tied to it. Near here was where the

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    St Francis Xavier Statue

    by Audrey118 Updated Jul 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At the front of the church ruins you will see lots of people looking at this statue and all children will ask why 'one had lost'!!!

    The body was placed in a new coffin and taken back to Goa. The Pope canonized Francis Xavier in 1614, but only upon condition that Francis' right arm be brought to Rome. Legend had it that when the arm was severed, blood flowed as freely as before.

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    A Farmosa

    by Audrey118 Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A Famosa means the famous in Portugese - it was once a very mighty fotress.

    It is among the oldest surviving European remains in Asia.

    This is once part of the Porta de Santiago, built by Portugese invader Alberqueque. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch drove the Portuguese out of Melaka.

    The fortress changed hands again in the early 19th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napolean's expansionist France.

    But the English and ordered its destruction in 1806. The fort was almost totally demolished but intervention by Singapore founder, Sir Stanford Raffles,
    who happened to visit Melaka in 1810, it was spared from total destruction.

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    baba-nyonya heritage..

    by eelaine Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    one of the shops along jonker street..

    Favorite thing: i love walking down the streets of malacca, jonker street in particular, taking in the olden day charms of the baba-nyonya houses.. with their interesting decorations, architecture and desgins.. sad to say that i didn't manage to capture a nice picture of this.. but i promise that it's absolutely lovely.. :) oh, there's delicious food to accompany the walk too! :)

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    Holland Street vs Tan Cheng Lock Street

    by yuet29 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I was asking for direction. A local told me that my map has some problem because they missed out the Holland Street.. so he drew a new map for me..

    After a long while, he said.. hmm.. Oh nono.. actually Holland street is Jln Tan Cheng Lock, but the local never call it Jln Tan Cheng Lock!

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    The Stadthuys - The house of The Governors

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The red building, Stadthuys was once the official residence of the Dutch Govenors and officers.
    The Stadthuys was built around the 1600s. Believed to be the oldest Dutch building in Asia, it has incredibly weighty doors and pleasant louvred window, all the characteristic features of Dutch colonial architecture.
    It is now a historical site to many tourist and houses the Museum of History and Ethography - worth going in to see some old stuff - old plates, maps etc.

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    St PaulHill and church

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: the church is called also Our Lady of the Hill, this was built by the Portugese who conquered Melaka after the Dutch.

    Just some information to those new to Melaka, the Portugese conquered Melaka in hope to control the Straits of Melaka. Melaka since late 13th century was thriving port with lots of Arab traders for spices and gold etc.
    The Arab brought in the Islam, but the Portugese brought in Catholicism. Then the Dutch and the British came in 17th and 18th Century respectively, building churches in Melaka and Penang.

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    Kampong Kling Mosque

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This  was  built by Indian Muslim traders

    Favorite thing: Along Jalan Tokong (Temple street where the famous Cheng Hoon temple is), is the Kampung Kling Mosque.

    This is one of the oldest in the country; it was built during the 17th century.

    It has a unique architecture which is a blend of Sumatran and Western architecture with a 3 tier pyramid roof, a touch of Hindu influence perhaps but also has a pagoda look. The carved wooden ceiling is supported by elegant Corinthian-styled columns.
    The floor is laid with English and Portugese glazed tiles.

    The mosque is located at the junction of Jalan Lekiu and Jalan Tukang Emas.

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    Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the first Hindu temple built in the country at the turn of the century. It was built on the plot given by the Dutch. It is located at between Jalan Tukang Emas and Jalan Hang Kasturi.

    It has a minaret which is decorated with cows in red colour. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity with the head of an elephant called Vinoyagar - better known to most as Ganesg. Lots of businessmen and also lovers looking for blissed marriage come here.

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    Jonker Walk

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Jonker Walk located at Jalan Hang Jebat was meant as a showcase to reflect the state's rich ethnic, cultural & historical heritage

    During the night (Friday-Sunday) it is like a night market but in the day the old prewar shops is rally like a flea market with a Malaccan cultural flavour.

    There are plenty of stalls setup by the road side selling curios, antiques, local delicacies, souvenirs and many interesting items. There are lots of restaurants, dessert shops, second hand stuff shops, souveniers etc

    Fondest memory: The picture is of a huge antique shop and I have seen this boy sitting here for more than 20 years!!!

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    Old houses by the river

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is trully a famous Melaka scene, the old houss by the river, taken not too far from the red buildings.

    The scene is really pretty and one Melaka artist, Jehan Chan made himself famous with wonderful oilwork of this scene. The artist gallery is along of the street parallel to Jonker Walk.

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    St Francis Xavier Church

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    SFX church

    Favorite thing: Near the red house, at Jalan Laksamana you see this church built in 1849 by French missionary, the church was dedicated to St Francis Xavier who was buried near by at St Paul but his body was dug out and reburied in India Goa.

    It has an authentic Gothic tower

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    Mousedeer roundabout- a reminder of the past

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mousedeer Roundabout

    Favorite thing: Melaka was founded in 1396 by an exiled Sumatran prince named Parameswara.

    Legend had it that Parameswara on his hunting trip one day, he rested under a tree, and one of his dogs cornered a mousedeer and in defense, the mousedeer kicked the dog smartly on its nose. Impressed by the mousedeer’s courage and what he believed was a good luck sign, Parameswara decided to build his empire on this sacred land and named it after the tree he was sitting under, which was the Melaka tree
    Here is a mousedeer replica in the centre of Melaka town.

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    World War ii

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: After World War II, anti-colonial sentiment bred in the country among the nationalists, the result of which the proclamation to Independence by His Highness Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia's first Prime Minister, at the Padang Pahlawan (Warrior's Field) at Bandar HIlir, Malacca on 20th February 1956.

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