Faces of
Malaysia
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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

Tidur Tidur Guesthouse and Hostel

Budget Guesthouse in the back of an design studio in the heritage zone of Melaka

Majestic Hotel Melaka

Boutique heritage hotel close to Melaka River and Kampung Morten, north of the town center

Attractions

Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka

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, Melaka

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

Attractions

Singapore City Gallery, Singapore

A free interactive exhibition spreading out over 3 storeys telling the story of Singapore's physical transformation in past, present and future with several impressive miniature models of the island and city center.

Ipoh Padang, Ipoh

Ipoh Padang - padang means field in Malay - is large field in the city centre lined by colonial buildings. It was set up in 1898 and was used as a cricket field for the British in the colonial days in the early 20th century.