street view of Porta De Santiago (A Famosa) (Google Streetview, 2015)
The fortress was built in 1511 because Commander Albuquerque of the Portuguese fleet believed that Melaka would become an important port linking Portugal and the spice trade from China. At this time other Portuguese were establishing outposts in Macau (China) and Goa (India).
The last remaining gate of the A Famosa fort
(photo from Wikipedia: Chongkian)
Now there is only one gate left. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch beat the Portuguese. The dutch renovated the gate in 1670 which the logo “anno 1670” inscribed on the gate’s arch. The fortress changed hands again in the early 19th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napoleon’s expansionist France. The English then distroyed the fortress in 1806, only because of the Intervention of Sir Stamford Raffles (the founder of Singapore) a small part could be saved.
built: 1511 by Portuguese Empire
Portugal (1511 - 1641)
Netherlands (1641 - 1795)
Britain (1795 - 1807)
demolished: 1807 (except for the still remaining gate)
The government announced in 2007 that A Famosa will be rebuilt.
>> A Famosa rebuilt
Jalan Kota / Coronation Park
A street full of museums and the adjacent Coronation Park with a displayed first airplane of the Malaysian airforce
Dutch Square (Red Square)
The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town.
St. Paul’s Church
The ruin of St.Paul′s Church is located on top of St.Paul′s Hill and was one of five churches in the fortress complex A Famosa on the hill that was built by the Portuguese in 1521.
Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center
Sayang-Sayang Guest House
Youth Hostel located right at the centre of Chinatown facing the Melaka River
Jonker Walk, Melaka
A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market
FRIM, Kuala Lumpur
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia. There is a canopy walk and nature trails through the dense forest among other things
Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen.