The Dutch, the Malays, the Tourists

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
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Trip End Mar 09, 2013


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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Eight o'clock on a Sunday morning and Melaka is dead -- not even a place to buy coffee!  I walked down Jonker Street (now named Jalan Hang Jebat) and only saw a few employees waiting outside their workplace waiting for it to open.

Walked across the bridge and attended Anglican Church service at Christ Church, the church built by the Dutch.  It's a plain building, white walls with wooden timber beams, but has been an active church since 1753.  Very friendly multi-ethnic congregation and lots of music.  After the service I walked up St. Paul's Hill where the shell of a Portuguese church built in 1521 still stands.  There was a wonderful breeze and a great view of the city and also the ocean in the distance.  Next I visited the museums located in the Stadhuys, a collection of buildings used as administrative centers during the Dutch and British times.  The history museum was closed for renovation but I walked thru the other four focusing on Malaysian education, Malay literature, the government, and the road to independence after World War II.

Lunch was Melakan laksa -- very hot even for me.  Walked around in the afternoon plus took a boat ride on the Melaka River with several Malay families.  The state government has constructed a walkway on both sides of the river and cafes/hotels/guest houses are beginning to open there.  A bit further up river, many of the buildings have murals painted.  Did a little shopping, too.  Stopped in @ 8 Heeren Street where a non-profit organization has restored a Chinese shophouse as a model under UNESCO Heritage status.  Unfortunately funding is limited and no others have been restored.

The Night Market was set up once again.  Vendors have the setup down to a science.  They roll a cart into place, set up metal stands, put plywood sheets on top, cover, and lay out whatever they are selling.  The market was a bit calmer tonight as only serious tourists are still around on a Sunday night.  The Chinese stage show was a go, though half of the music tonight was Western sung in Chinese.
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Sue Wellnitz on

What no coffee in the morning? Sounds like you had a wonderful day ! Great shots..thanks for sharing the trip with us.

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fulkss on

Malaysia coffee is wonderful, too - like espresso with sweetened condensed milk is my favorite.

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