Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Melaka, Malaysia

Chinatown Melaka

address: city centre Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
melaka-malacca-lorong_hang_jebat.jpg, Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.
Chinatown at night
Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

Jalan Tukang Besi
Jalan Tukang Besi, also called "Harmony Street" because of the presence of a Hindu Temple, Chinese temples and a moque in close proximity along this street
photo: Google Street View, 2015

Chinatown is part of the historical city centre of Melaka which is a listed Unesco World Heritage site:

» Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Chinatown streets from Bukit Cina to the area around Jonker Walk (Jalan Hang Jebat). Jonker Walk is closed for traffice during the weeken and turns in to a very busy street market.
The immigration of the Chinese started all the way back in the 16th century. A portion of the Chinese immigration intermarried with local women which lead to the Peranakan (Baba and Nonya) culture.



Related Places

Jonker Walk

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

Harmony Street

Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest traditional Chinese temple (Taoist temple) in Malaysia. The temple was built in 1645 (and extented in 1704 and 1801) and served as the main place of worship for the Hokkien community.

Kampung Kling Mosque

Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs.

Bukit Cina

Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.

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.

Hotels in Melaka

Jalan-Jalan Besi

Guesthouse / Hostel in old Chinatown run by the same management as nearby Jalan-Jalan Emas

Voyage Guest House

Guesthouse located in the heart of Chinatown

Attractions

Chinatown Melaka, Melaka

Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

Church of St. Francis Xavier, Melaka

Neo-Gothic Catholic church on Jalan Laksaman in the historical city center. The Church was built in 1856 by the Paris Foreign Missionary in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary.

Attractions

Little India, Singapore

Vibrant, colourful and culturally authentic neighbourhood of the Indian community in Singapore with plenty of shops, temples and restaurants. It is also a center of backpacker accommodations.

Tekek beach, Tioman

beach at Kampung Tekek, the main hub of the island