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Malacca UNESCO World Heritage City


Malacca is one of the two World Heritage Cities in Malaysia (Penang is the other). Therefore I expected clear signs how to reach the historical city center. Although I cycled on a main road into the city, there were no directions to the Malacca World heritage City,  not even a clear sign to the city center.

Welcome to Malacca World heritage City
The only sign I found about Malacca being World Heritage City, opposite of St. Francis Church at a parking ground

It took me some searching and hoping for the best until more or less by accident I ended up at the more familiar sight of Malacca's city center.

Although Malacca is a major tourist destination it was remarkable quiet on this Tuesday afternoon.

I decided it would be useful to have a city map so I moved to the cities main tourist office.

Arriving in Malacca's World Heritage City

My old friend Jim has arrived in Malacca's World Heritage City. 2010

It was closed, as it was closed during the rest of the Tuesday and the whole Wednesday (I checked several times when I was walking around).

Also the Malacca UNESCO World Heritage office was closed (soon to be opened, Malacca is already more then a year listed in UNESCO's World Heritage list).

 

Walking through Malacca's historical China town was fantastic. Jonker Street and many other little streets were renovated and were breathing a pleasant atmosphere. However, where to find something in the heritage area was limited to announcements of some (uninteresting) Mosques. It seems the local government did everything to avoid promoting the heritage area.

Just south of the heritage area a complete new build massive shopping center had been build which had not been there when I first visited Malacca in 1991.

City center Malacca with Christchurch and Stadthuys
City center Malacca with Christchurch and Stadthuys

I kept wandering through the city center, admiring the small Chinese shop lots. In a less visited I was enjoying a lunch in one of those typical little food stalls were I had a ho kien mee (prawn noodles). It always amazes me how cheap these meals can be, less then a dollar and you're eating more then you can handle.

Detail of a roof of a heritage house in Chinatown, Malacca
Detail of a roof of a heritage house in Chinatown, Malacca

Still, tired of walking around I found a little cafe with fruit juices with all kinds of exciting names. What would image when reading: "Honeydew Tomato Hangover", "Cucumber Cruiser", "Give Me Back My Guava" or "Pineapple Hu La La". Sure, the drinks were not cheap, but drinks like these must be great, and they were!

A'Famosa, the Portuguese Fort in Malacca
A'Famosa, the Portuguese Fort

To my surprise most of China Town was closed at night with the exception of 1 or 2 restaurants. Nightlife seems to be restricted to the shopping malls.

Malacca, St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church, 1992

Accommodation in Malacca

Malacca is one of the prime tourist destinations of Malaysia. Therefore it has a wide range of hotels available.

Malacca Sultans Palace

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