Melaka (Malaysia)

I was fortunate enough to take home a copy of “Endangered Fil-Hispanic Architecture” in last year’s Día del Libro. It is a selection of papers read at the First International Congress on Fil-Hispanic Architecture. The 270-page book contains descriptive essays and accompanying photos of architectural heritage from Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau and Vietnam. One of the featured photos is a colored picture of Christ Church in Melaka. When I saw the Christ Church and the surrounding buildings in 2012, I was awed by the vibrant red popping from the ground and glistening in daylight. I thought it is apt to write an entry about the third smallest Malaysian state today, a Thursday, to coincide with Throwback Thursday.

Christ Church in Melaka, Malaysia. This Dutch colonial-styled structure is the oldest functioning Protestant church in the country.

Christ Church in Melaka, Malaysia. This Dutch colonial-styled structure is the oldest functioning Protestant church in the country. Photo by Edsel.

The construction of Christ Church started in 1741 and ended in 1753. The red color of the church and its neighboring buildings has become their definitive feature.

The construction of Christ Church started in 1741 and ended in 1753. The red color of the church and its neighboring buildings has become their definitive feature.

Queen Victoria's Fountain is located in front of Christ Church. It was built in 1901 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The inscription on the body of the fountain says, "Victoria Regina 1837-1901 Erected by the People of Malaysia in Memory of a Great Queen 1904".

Queen Victoria’s Fountain is located in front of Christ Church. It was built in 1901 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The inscription on the body of the fountain says, “Victoria Regina 1837-1901 Erected by the People of Malaysia in Memory of a Great Queen 1904”.

Me in front of Queen Victoria's Fountain

Me in front of Queen Victoria’s Fountain. Photo by Edsel.

It is red everywhere in Melaka.

It is red everywhere in Melaka.

Colorful and highly-decorated rickshaws found in Dutch square, near Christ Church.

Colorful and highly-decorated rickshaws found in Dutch square, near Christ Church. Photos by Edsel.

More colorful rickshaws in Dutch square

More colorful rickshaws in Dutch square

Melaka River

Melaka River. Photo by Edsel.

This dragon of prodigious proportions welcomed visitors to Melaka.

This dragon of prodigious proportions welcomed visitors to Melaka. It floated like feather and coiled around several buildings like a graceful snake. Photo by Edsel.

Of course, I did not pass up the chance to have a photo opportunity with the non-fire breathing dragon. It looked like it was going to eat me alive.

Of course, I did not pass up the chance to have a photo opportunity with the non-fire breathing dragon. It looked like it was going to eat me alive. Photo by Edsel.

A Famosa Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1511. It was heavily damaged during the Dutch invasion of Melaka. On the photos are the walls, the interiors and some historical tablets.

A Famosa Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1511. It was heavily damaged during the Dutch invasion of Melaka. On the photos are the walls, the interiors and some historical tablets.

From the hilly portion of Melaka, the new was evidently trying to crowd out the old.

From the hilly portion of Melaka, the new was evidently trying to crowd out the old.

Some of the historical buildings found in Melaka.

Some of the historical buildings found in Melaka.

Melaka River as it extends into the other historical parts of Melaka.

Melaka River as it extends into the other historical parts of Melaka.

Dutch mill in Melaka

Dutch mill in Melaka

Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel

Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel

The other side of Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel.

The other side of Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel. Photo by Edsel.

The marker of Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel.

The marker of Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel. Photo by Edsel.

A boat full of people traversed the Melaka River for a faster way to tour the area.

A boat full of people traversed the Melaka River for a faster way to tour the area.

An old fire truck on display in Melaka

An old fire truck on display in Melaka. Photo by Edsel.

An old train on display in Melaka

An old train on display in Melaka

Replica of 15th-century Istana Kesultanan Melaka or Malacca Sultanate Palace. The structure has seven enclosed porches and sloping roofs which represent Malay arts and crafts. The amazing thing is NO NAIL was used in its construction!

Replica of 15th-century Istana Kesultanan Melaka or Malacca Sultanate Palace. The structure has seven enclosed porches and sloping roofs which represent Malay arts and crafts. The amazing thing is NO NAIL was used in its construction! Photo by Edsel.

Melaka has its own Chinatown – Jonker Walk. Jonker Walk is home to temples, mosques, museums, restaurants and dozens of shops that sell antiques, souvenirs and clothes.

Jonker Walk, Melaka

Jonker Walk, Melaka

Chinese temples found along Jonker Walk

Chinese temples found along Jonker Walk

Chinese designs found in Jonker Walk

Chinese designs found in Jonker Walk. Photos by Edsel.

A man performing a ceremony in one of the temples in Jonker Walk.

A man performing a ceremony in one of the temples along Jonker Walk.

After the ceremony

After the ceremony. Photo by Edsel.

Tea for sale in the temple for RM 2 (US $0.56).

Tea for sale in the temple for RM 2 (US $0.56).

Details of the roof of a house along Jonker Walk

Details of the roof of a house along Jonker Walk

An old rickshaw found in one of the restaurants along Jonker Walk

An old rickshaw found in one of the restaurants along Jonker Walk

Mr. Universe Statue in Melaka. This is a statue of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong, the father of bodybuilding in Malaysia. He won the titles of Mr. Melaka, Mr. Malaysia, Mr. Asia and Mr. Universe.

Mr. Universe Statue in Melaka. This is a statue of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong, the father of bodybuilding in Malaysia. He won the titles of Mr. Melaka, Mr. Malaysia, Mr. Asia, and Mr. Universe.

I just had to imitate his pose. His abs might rub off on me. :)

I just had to imitate his pose. His abs might rub off on me. 🙂 Photo by Edsel.

Before we left, we had Melaka Sundae on one of the stores in front of Christ Church.

Melaka Sundae

Gula Melaka Sundae is akin to Philippine halo-halo. Melaka Sundae has chin chow, palm sugar, red beans, chendol, pandan and ice cream. I liked it because it did not have any superfluous ingredient. Photos by Edsel.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Melaka (Malaysia)

  1. Melaka seems like the combination of our Manila near Jones bridge and Binondo… I am fascinated with their Chinese temple… Meron din pala mala-Arnold Schwarzenegger body na nag-exist dun… 🙂 hahaha…

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