"Malacca - Where it all begins!" Melaka by mary2u99

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Historial City

The government has set the standard as "Melaka" for all official use. Melaka previously known as Malacca.

Melaka has an International airport at Batu Berendam but only catering to flights from Indonesia. There's no flight from KLIA though.


Melaka was founded by Parameswara (or Raja Iskandar) a Srivijayan prince of Palembang who fled Sumatra following a Majapahit in 1396.

According to a popular legend, while resting under a tree near a river when hunting, one of his dogs cornered a mouse deer and the mouse deer pushed the dog into the river. Parameswara decided to name the place Melaka as the name of the tree that he was resting under.

In 1511, it fell to Portuguese, followed by the Dutch in 1641 after a fierce battle. In 1795, Melaka was given to the British to prevent it falling to the French when the Netherlands was captured during the Napoleonic Wars. It was returned to the Dutch in 1818 under the treaty of Vienna but was later exchanged by the British for Bangkahulu, Sumatra.

Today the most prominent reminders of the Europeans' presence in Melaka are A Famosa and St. Paul's Church, The Stadthuys, a strikingly pink town hall which is today the oldest Dutch building in the Far East and red Christ Church, constructed with pink bricks imported from Holland and covered with local red lacerite.

Melaka produce different cultures from intermingling of the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Babas and Nyonyas, Portuguese, Chitty and the Eurasians.

Babas and Nyonyas are Melaka's straits-born Chinese or Peranakans (meaning "born here"). From these mixed marriages evolved a unique culture which retains Chinese customs and Malay traditions.

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  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 12:56 AM

    Thank u for the wishes! Nice page! Do u know hat in greek "malaka" is the most popular bad word? lol

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Nice work on Melaka. One of my fav places in Malaysia. Haven't been to Hang Tuah's well, must visit next time. Thanks for that tip!

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:47 AM

    Thanks For Your Info Mary!

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 7:51 AM

    there is even a Xavier's church! Drunken shrimps, frog legs....seems pretty good!

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Wonderful page Mary. I enjoyed your photos and text a lot. Thank you for dropping by my Centralia page. As you say, old mining towns are pretty ghostly these days.

  • cleomedes's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2007 at 1:57 AM

    Very helpfull tips for our next vacation, thanks a lot!

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    Mar 28, 2007 at 5:12 AM

    Thanks for tips :)

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