Remember when the Palembang Prince, Parameswara came to Melaka? How could you not, right? It was the starting point of our history in all of the textbooks. Throughout the centuries, Melaka has played a significant role in our history and also our independence. It was also where our Father of Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman announced the independence date when he arrived from the United Kingdom.
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There are so many historical places in Melaka as much as the historical events that happened. Let’s dive into this historic gem to revisit the legacy of our good old Melaka!
1. A’ Famosa
A’ Famosa marks the Portuguese remnant age that started in 1511, the starting point of the colonial era. Isn’t it cool how the starting point of the colonial and independence era was in Melaka? The remains of this magnificent A’ Famosa fort standstill today after the Dutches’ attempt to destroy it in 1641.
2. Baba & Nyonya Heritage Musuem
Melaka is the heritage of the historical blending of Malay and Chinese, known as the Baba & Nyonya. This Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum displays exhibits of the Baba & Nyonya crafts, furniture, and paintings. Although there are rapid changes in Melaka even after all these years, the Baba & Nyonya culture will always offer the unique diversity of Malays and Chinese in one location.
3. Sultanate Palace Museum
This Sultanate Palace Museum holds a replica of one of Melaka’s rulers back in the 15th century. There are around 1300 artifacts you can find in this museum. You can also observe the architectural structure of the palace and how they used to live back then. Visiting here is truly wonderful!
4. The Dutch Square
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This popular tourist attraction features brightly-colored Dutch colonial buildings when they took over. This Dutch Square is often surrounded by trishaws used to tour around the city. It is a great place to snap photographs and take a moment to look at the colonial architecture. There are many food places to try out around this place too.
5. Melaka River
The history of the Melaka River goes back to the era of the mighty Melaka Malay Sultanate, which attracted traders from all over the world to engage in trade and commerce. This remarkable development led Portuguese historian Tomes Pires to refer to the state as Venice of the East. You can get on the cruise and explore the buildings and places in Melaka here.
It is important to cherish the historical places in Melaka. It serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to save our historical legacy for coming generations. To ensure that Melaka’s history continues to be our unique heritage, let’s continue to honor and value it. You can also check out Malaysia Heritage Studio in Melaka.