Melaka Town, Malacca and George Town, Penang are two historical colonial towns located on the Straits of Malacca. The cities are designated UNESCO heritage sites as they retained a strong succession of historical and cultural influences between the East and West during the early centuries.
Melaka Town, Malacca
Melaka Town bears the ancient remains of the coming together of different cultural elements of the Malay Archipelago, India, China and the Europeans, namely the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. These influences were arisen due to the strategic location along the Straits of Malacca, making Melaka Town an important trading port between the Europeans and Asia. Various UNESCO Heritage Sites, fascinating museums as well as modern tourist sites make Melaka Town a must visit destination for the whole family.
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites, Malacca
Through the remains of many historical sites, such as the A’ Famosa Fortress, the St. Paul’s Church and the Stadthuys, we can appreciate and understand the long history between the Western and Eastern worlds. We found 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites, Malacca that reflects the history of Western colonialization in the Malay Archipelago since the 15th Century. Take a look at each site below!
The St John’s Fort was built by the Dutch on the St John’s Hill to fend off inland attacks from the Bugis in the Malay Archipelago.
The St Paul’s Church, Malacca is famous for being the place where St Francis Xavier, a renowned Catholic missionary to South East Asia.
The A’ Famosa Fortress, Malacca, also known as the Porta De Santiago, dates back to 1511 when the Portuguese colonise Malacca after defeating the Malacca Sultanate.
The Stadthuys, Malacca is a four storey maroon building that stands distinctly as the landmark of Malacca. It is the oldest Dutch building in the East.
The Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, Malacca is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. The temple is influenced by Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.