Houses in Malacca (Malaysia) are as colorful and diverse as the people living in the city and have been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. The colonial past of this port city can be explored by a cyclo or into the kitchen where the dishes are delicately processed. It is a great blend of cultures.
A cyclo tour to discover historic Malacca is not to be missed. From the red square with the Dutch colonial architecture with characteristic red through the Sultan’s castle. Then, you will pass through Chinatown, through the Malay district to the Indian district, visit Chinese temples, visit Christian churches, Indian temples and mosques.
China town is the historic heart of Malacca during the colonial period. On the alleys with picturesque shops, majestic villas of Chinese and European merchants around Jalan Hang Jebat, the time seemed to stop for centuries.
The artisans have been working with their daily work in workshops for hundreds of years, and when night falls the workshops become houses for the whole family. In “coffee shops”, old Chinese people sit down for tea, chat and enjoy their traditional dishes.
Only the stores selling souvenirs “made in China” are topical, modern. Even the electric lights installed in lanterns on the street, though at night, they still emitted a soft light to illuminate the old streets. And of course some restaurants, cafes and hotels on Jalan Hang Jebat.
For a long time, Malacca existed many different sects that attracted many ethnic groups and cultures from around the world.
Malays from Java and Sumatra came here to find their opportunities, Chinese merchants who brought silk and ceramics here to sell to wealthy customers from India or Europe. It was the rich Indians and Arabs who brought Islam here hundreds of years ago. From here on this Taoist religion gradually spread to the Malay Peninsula as well as the Indonesian archipelago today.
In 1545, Spanish missionary Francisco de Xavier followed the Portuguese to Malacca to spread Catholicism to Asia. But after Malacca became a Dutch colony to replace Portugal, Catholicism was not spread because the Dutch were Protestant, and they were not excited about evangelization but focused on trade. selling spices, tea, coffee.