Malacca/ Melaka, Malaysia
Our next day trip was to Malacca or as others call it Melaka. This is a UNESCO world heritage that is rich in history, heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, and colonial structures. For this trip, we booked ourselves into a group tour with a tour company called Tour 51. We were picked up from our hotel and dropped off at a central location where everyone going for the trip was meeting. The tour company offers pickups at no extra cost, for those staying in hotels that are most centrally located in Kuala Lumpur and Bukit Bintang.
- ST. Peter’s Church Melaka
First to see was the ST. Peter’s Church which is the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia. It was completed in the year 1710 on a land donated by the Dutchman Maryber Franz Amboer. It has a bell that was manufactured in Goa in the year 1608. While visiting the church, visitors are required to dress modestly but in the case that you do not have the right attire, a shawl is provided at the entrance for free which is returned once you are done touring the church.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
This is the oldest Buddhist place of worship in Malaysia. It was given a UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration and ranks among the most significant in Southeast Asia, being central to the spiritual aspirations of the Chinese community in historic Malacca.
“The Famous” in Portuguese, is a former Portuguese fortress. It has one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia and housed the entire Portuguese administration. I have to say it was one of the best sightseeing spots!
ST. Paul’s Church
This is the oldest church building in Malaysia. It is the church ruins that sit on the top of the St Paul’s Hill. The St Paul’s Church was originally a chapel and was known to the Portuguese in Malacca as the Chapel of Mother of God.
It is known for its red exterior and nearby red clock tower, situated in the heart of Malacca City. This was quite a beautiful sight to look at.
This is the main street of Chinatown.
It was one interesting day involving a lot of walking around. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
Traveling expands one’s ideologies, creates beautiful experiences and lasting memories.~ Lynn Muturi_Githaiga