Snippets from Malacca

This post is an eclectic mix of good memories and some interesting photos of Malacca, which for some reason didn’t find a rightful place in the previous articles. Lot’s of pictures, video and some short comments. Let’s go?

 

This sign was right in front of my hotel Imperial Heritage. I could see it from my window and it expressed my true feelings towards this cute little town. I LOVE MELAKA!

 

This sign post was in the middle of Historical Mallaca! I wonder how many kilometers to Melbourne?

 

This semi-survived gate house Porta de Santiago of A’Famosa (Portugese  fortress)  is the only part of the fortress which still stands tall and proud nowadays. It was built in 1511, so it’s a miracle that something still left after 500 years.

 

Here we can see the ruins of historic St. Paul’s Church, which was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in South East Asia, and Malaysia in particular.

 

There were many old Portuguese tombstones in the church. The majority of them were in pretty good condition, considering the age.

 

Those cannons were supposed to protect the old city of Melaka from the invaders. They are kept at the ruins of the old fort.

 

Not far from the church I found an old Dutch graveyard, residing at the foot of old St Paul’s Hill. Here is a mixture of Dutch and British graves.

 

This twin-spired neo-gothic structure St Xavier Poortugese church was built in 1856.

 

Of course, I had to go inside. Of course,  I had to take lots of photos.

 

The old lead-light windows were simply spectacular.

 

I even joined the group of worshipers  in their prayers.

 

I visited the National Customs Museum. There were lots of prohibited imported and exported items on display. The most interesting from my point of view were a few paintings and sculptures of naked ladies. But due to extreme modesty they can’t be displayed stark naked, so that people were not offended by their beautiful bodies. So someone covered “the most interesting bits” with a bra (or piece of paper if it’s painting).

 

There are many beautiful bridges along Melaka river.

 

They all are different, no two are the same.

 

I also indulged in a river cruise. Beautiful scenery and a very relaxing ride.

 

This is a replica of an old ship. During the day there is access to on-board facilities. The ship is furnished with old furniture and crockery. I was too late, so could admire it only from the outside.

 

This is a maritime museum. Very interesting idea.

 

Malaysians love their traditional houses and decorate them with carved panels, bright paints and frilled curtains. One guy made an exact replica of his own house and put it on display in the front yard.

 

This is a close up of a real wall in a traditional house. Those carved panels provide air movement, which assist with cooling of the rooms.

 

Suspension bridge above small creek.

 

This is a Chinese money tower. Here, relatives of deceased bring paper money and other small items made from paper (sometimes it’s replicas of cars, houses, even lady figurines), which are burned in this oven. They believe that the smoke will reach the sky and please their deceased relatives.

 

One street had many Chinese houses and temples. All of them were very well decorated with traditional paintings.

 

My friend Arnold and I visited the Chetti Museum. Chetti is a small ethnic community, which lives in their own village and nobody else is allowed to build or buy houses there. In the past they couldn’t even marry to “outsiders”.

 

When we came for a visit there was a big celebration related to the council elections. In Australia we consider voting a chore, no celebrations whatsoever.

 

The very first Malaysian bodybuilder was perpetuated here. One of his titles was Mr. Melaka.

 

And, of course, there was a McDonalds restaurant. I am yet to find a place where there is NO McDonalds.

 

I loved this street art the most. I have a whole post about the street art, but I consider this one the best.

 

 

This is the most stunning Chee Ancestral mansion in Melaka. It’s architectural style incorporates Chinese, Portugese, Dutch and English elements. For many years, it was the tallest building in Melaka.

 

Little India. Unbelievable, but these garlands are made from fresh flowers. And by the night time the majority of them will be sold, and the next day the display will look exactly the same. I checked.

 

In TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet it’s said that if you don’t take a ride on trishaw, it means your visit is wasted. This contraption is a modified bicycle with a seat for two passengers.

 

Those trishaws are decorated with fake flowers, silly dolls, bright lights, and they very often also blare loud popular music. This guy is obviously obsessed with Pikachu. Probably, catching Pokemons now.

 

Also very popular are these tandem bicycles. They can be hired for a short period of time or daily. It looks like such fun. It’s a shame that I can’t ride a bike.

 

Night view of Malacca from my balcony.

 

Beautifully decorated hotel in Jonkers street.

 

This is just spectacular. I really wanted to visit this mosque Masjid Selat Melaka. I heard that it’s especially beautiful at sunset. Arnold and I got a lift there just in time to watch this spectacular show of the nature. Here it is: 45 minutes of sunset compressed to 144 photos.

 

Fantastic light show!

 

This is the old, traditional part of Malacca from Menara Taming Sari -revolving gyro tower.

 

This is another fantastic view of a different part of Malacca.

 

Menara Taming Sari in Melaka. From a height of 80 metres, the ride offers a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka  – UNESCO World Heritage City.

 

 

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