Kampung Morten, Melaka
A boat trip around the historical village of Kampung Morten is a definate must do!
Along the way we saw quaint buildings, lovely greenery, fantastic artwork and beautiful bridges.
I imagined I was in Amsterdam :o)
This lovely decorated bridge that we passed under leads to the little village of Kampung Morten. I learn't about Kampung Morten from Chia's (chiabh) tips here on vt - thanks Chia. We did not have time to visit Kampung Morten and I was disappointed about this....but definately next time.
Kampung Morten is a heritage village. It is the only Malay village that still practices the original customs and traditions. I believe there is a lovely Museum there called the Living Museum. What a shame we didn't have time to visit. Oh well....stay tuned ....next time we will do Kampung Morten. This time I had to be content with taking pictures of the quaint little houses from our boat.
Kampung Morten is located right in the middle of Melaka city and has been practising a lifestyle that does not differ much from that of their forefathers apart from the unique design of the village houses... The village is named after Frederich Morten, a British Land Commissioner and has 85 homes including 52 Malacca traditional houses... The village sits on land located at the edge of the Malacca River and used to be a mangrove swamp foliaged by dense nipah jungle until Morten opened up the land with the assistance of Othman Mohd Noh who is credited to be the founder of the village...
Despited the years, Kampung Morten is the only Malay village in Malacca to have maintained its customs and traditions... The village's houses were built according to the Malay design of having long roofs and tile-covered stairs made from stone... Intricate wood cravings can also be found on the verandah of these huses... Various flowering plants decorate its lawn...
Kampung Morten was gazetted as a traditional Malay village of heritage significance and turned into a tourist attraction by the State government in 1988...
This Malay Kampung House is open to public. When we came, we felt very welcome. The owner showed us the house and told us the history of his family with a lot of passion. You can view a good collection of costumes, Malay embroidery, furniture, and other interesting relics.
Kampong Morten is a riverine Malay village on the banks of Melaka river. It is the only traditional Malay village in the heart of the historical city Melaka.
It is considered as a living museum as many of its villagers are still preseving its age-old living style apart from the unique architecture of their traditional houses. A visit to Kampung Morten is a good chance to experience the lifestyle of the local Malays.