Marvellous Malacca

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The four of us visited Malacca and we were all enchanted with it. We stayed in a boutique hotel in Jonker Street and explored the little temples, antique shops, souvenir sellers and cafes that thrive in the narrow lanes of the old town. The oldest buildings in Malacca date back to the 16th century and there is an eclectic mix of Malay, Straits Chinese, Indian, Dutch and British cultures. Highlights of our three-day stay included A Famosa, the gate house that is all that remains of the Portuguese fortress, and, up the hill, St Paul’s church, which was consecrated in 1521 by the Portuguese and subsequently became a Dutch Reformed Church when the Dutch took over Malacca in the 17th century. We had a delicious lunch in the beautiful Majestic Hotel and spent an fascinating afternoon in the Baba Nyonya Museum. This is a restored 19th century Chinese family home and showcases the unique lifestyle of the Straits Chinese who adopted Malay culture. The museum is filled with magnificent furniture, clothing and jewellery and we shown around by a charming Chinese guide dressed in Peranakan costume. On our last morning we visited Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia founded in the mid-17th century. It is beautifully restored and full of paintings, carvings and statues. You would need many visits to take it all in. Just before leaving marvellous Malacca we had iced coffees at the wonderfully modern Mods cafe.

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