A good destination for backpackers in Malaysia.
From LCCT (Kuala Lumpur) Airport, it is easy to get a bus ticket to Melaka (also known as Malacca). My son was very excited to realize that the man who was sitting with the bus about the old town spoke Vietnamese although much Vietnamese came to live and work in Malaysia.
After about two hours drive to the central station. From here, take bus number 17 is the car will go through the red square Stadthuys, Melaka’s pink heart.
Located on the banks of the same name in the Malacca Strait, Melaka is Malaysia’s oldest city. The ups and downs of history have brought to this place a rich and colorful cultural picture, combining the essence of many nations.
In the past, Melaka was a colony of Portugal, the Netherlands, England and was once a busy commercial port on the perfumery route in the 15th century with the presence of merchants from China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and other European countries.
Today, the hallmarks of history still stand out in the center of the old town, where the Malacca – “Venice of Asia” floats away to the sea with the west coast – “multicolor paintings” and the east coast – ” European stamp “.
Across the west bank of the Malacca River, which is distinct from the east coast of ancient Europe, is the home of the Chinese community, which creates a unique painting with the perfect presence of Islamic and Hindu culture. Baba Nyonya.
At first sight, it was complicated. But when you go to find out, you will not be surprised.
Jalan Hang Jebat (or Jonker Street) is the most famous street in many streets that contribute to the east coast. All visitors to Melaka are unaware of this street, especially on weekends.
Daytime on the street are shops, antique shops, old goods are decorated and decorated with typical Chinese motifs such as mascots, charms, lanterns.
Wandering on the street still feel a calm air, slowly covering the old row of ancient houses adjacent to the front, adjacent to the road surface.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Jalan Hang Jebat transforms into a night market where street vendors gather in the submarine with goods and a traditional gastronomic paradise. , especially the unique dishes bearing the stamp of Baba Nyonya.
Cheng Hong Teng Temple is the oldest temple of the Chinese in Malaysia and is the representative building for the temple architecture south of China bearing the mark of the master craftsmen and craftsmen from Fujian and Guangdong.
Walking to Cheng Hong Teng early in the morning when few people come here in the quiet scent of incense is a worthwhile experience.
The temple is decorated with periodic and superficial space sacred for how many generations of Chinese people faith in the 400-year history of ups and downs.
Interestingly, this Buddhist temple is located along Jalan Tukang Emas along with two other temples of Hinduism and Hinduism. The Kampong Kling Mosque, built in 1748, is Malaysia’s longest-lived mosque.
Situated at the intersection of Jalan Tukang and Jalan Lekiu with its prominent white tower, Kampung Kling is a combination of east and west design with materials from both Europe and Asia, creating a whole. Aesthetic reflects the multicultural impact of Malacca.
In 1781 Hinduism also marked its presence in Malacca by the oldest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia – Sri Poyyatha Moorthi Temple.
The temple was built by Thavinayagar, leader of the Chitty people, worshiped elephants with simplified architectural style, unlike the complex of other Hindu temples, there are many floors of the tower with decorative decorations. and diversity.
I realized the difference of the temple with aroma spread on the street. The Chitty people are friendly, hospitable, they are willing to invite strangers to the temple to attend prayers and share offerings.
If Jonker Street makes many tourists confused or even tired of the hustle and bustle, visiting this Hindu temple will provide a great sense of calm.
Located in Jalan Tun Tan Chen Lock Street with three adjacent houses with similar architecture and many other buildings in the old town of China is the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum.
This is the gateway to discovering the cultural and lifestyle values inherited by the Baba Nyonya community and families – the descendants of the first Chinese migrants to the Malacca Straits and married. with native Malaysians.
The Malacca Line – Venice of Asia
Walking along the river dividing the city into two east-west lakes is lyrical and romantic.
Like many other travelers, I walked the two river paths without feeling tired, until I realized that I had gone too far from the starting point, I crossed the bridge and continued walking in the direction opposite.
Along the river there are docks, and much lazy to choose their own way of exploring “Venice of Asia” by purchasing a cruise ticket for the journey back and forth on the water.
The place is quite leisurely and comfortable, the train slowly takes guests through the old buildings, visits the impressive mural and observes the lives of indigenous people.
Cruise on the river during the day and at night, but it is better to choose the time of the sun to feel the peace and poetic of the river.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Malaysia!
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