"malacca, a smal historical city" Top 5 Page for this destination Melaka by ukirsari

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Todo luna
Todo anno
Todo dio
Todo fuente

As month changing by month
Completing a year and goes by
Every souls will back
To the highest place as it should be

~ a Toltec poem ~

It does any relation between [old] Malacca with this Toltec poem? Nope. But I like to remember this luna-anno-dio-fuente whenever my sneakers leave the footprints on top of St. Paul's hill. A gorgeous statue of St. Francis Xavier without his right hand standing there, meanwhile the ruins of St. Paul's Church on his background. How old the histories written there, as the old stones telling thousand stories about its past. Like a church changing the function, from a place of the worshippers, to a gunpowder store! Everybody can learn about 'mir' [Russian word for peace] here. Or in Porta de Santiago which known as A' Famosa after I stepped down St. Paul's hill. Other, happened in St. John's hill. A private chapel changing into a fortress.

And the other hand, a miracle can be seen through the red bricks around Dutch Square. Christ Church [1753], the Stadthuys [claimed as the oldest Dutch building in Asia] and red tower clock truely far from wars. Or whenever entering Chinatown at the river bank of Malacca River, the old buildings in Peranakan style along Jonker Street [Junk Street] and Heeren Street [now Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock] are waving greetings. Welcome to the history of Strait Chinese-born since past centuries ago.

All of these history keep alive nowadays in Malacca, as I address it simply luna-anno-dio-fuente. I love to be here and let the time frozen ....

From St. Paul to St. John

During my trip in Malacca 2004, I'd been visiting:

~ Christ Church, Stadthuys, clock tower of Malacca, Victoria Regina Fountain and Dutch Square

~ St. Paul's Hill, the ruins of St. Paul's Church [built by a Portuguese Captain Duarte Coelho], the statue of St. Francis Xavier, the Dutch Graveyard and war memorial dedicated to British officers and soldiers who died in Naning War [1831-1832], Porta de Santiago - A' Famosa, Muzium Malaysia and replica of Malacca's Sultanate wooden Palace

~ Jonker Street [Junk Street and now known as Jalan Hang Jebat], Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum, historical Hotel Puri, Indian Temple Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi which dedicated to the deity of Ganesha, Kampung Kling's Mosque [one of the oldest in the country], Cheng Hoon Teng's Temple and Malacca River

~ St. Francis Xavier's Church [1849] built by a Frenchman, Reverend Farve

~ St. Peter's Church [1710] built by the Portuguese

~ Maritime Museum, a tall-ship replica constructed after Flora De La Mar, a Portuguese ship which sank off the Coast of Malacca in her way sailing to Portugal

~ Portuguese Square for Portuguese-Malay-Peranakan delicacies

continuity visiting ...

~ China Hill, Sam Po Kong Temple which dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho and the poisonous well

~ Kuala Linggi Fort, a Dutch Fort situated at Bukit Supai [Sepoy's Hill], 49 km from Malacca city on the route to Port Dickson

~ Hang Tuah's well and old mosque in Kampung Duyong

~ Kampung Hulu Mosque [1728] by Dato Shamsudin

~ St. John's Hill and the fortress ruins. It was used to be a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist

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  • Last visit to Melaka: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Lots of interesting places to see here! Thanks for sharing.

  • yellowbell's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Hi Arie, will try to visit Melaka on our way to Singapore with my husband this April 2-6.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Nice page on Malacca. But your copyright placed in the middle of the pictures ruins their appeal.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 4:34 AM

    Ah, I missed the orang utan T-shirts! Will go there when I return. Really , a complete page on Melaka.

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 4:41 AM

    This is a nice page. I'm thinking about going to Malasia soon. You are pretty good writer!

  • martin_nl's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2004 at 3:47 AM

    What a great page and fantastic pictures!! Will visit Melaka next week and make a print out of your page. In how many days did you cover all the sights?

  • Azhut's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2004 at 4:12 AM

    Ciao! wonderful page, I'd like to visit Malaysia :-)

  • mansionion's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2004 at 5:58 AM

    Kampong Morten is like an off the beaten path in Melaka, thanks for visiting that page of mine. -m-

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2004 at 1:54 AM

    My PMOY gonna corrupt your magazine. Soon, its gonna be banned nationwide!!! Haha!!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 6:42 PM

    so many culture in one place, astonishing! wonderful page with ample infos and quite excellent pics. thank you @rie ^..^


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