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Saturday, February 02, 2019

A Day in Malacca

1928
Chinatown Bulding Dating from 1928

Kamoung Kling Mosque
Kampung Kling Mosque

The Stadthuys, Malacca, Malaysia
Stadthuys Area Built by the Dutch in the 1650's

Day 83 - We spent today as tourists in Malacca (often spelled Melaka). This is a tourist town with a calm tourist vibe. We are a bit closer to Kuala Lumpur than Singapore, but folks from both places descend here on weekends. It is not a beach resort, but rather a gateway to historic Malaysia. Whether walking Chinatown or hanging around the Dutch Stadthuys one cannot help but confront history head-on.

River Cruise, Malacca
Passenters Enjoying Time on the River

St. Francis Xavier's from the River
St. Francis Xavier's Church from the River

We felt obligated to take a river cruise and totally enjoyed seeing the city from a different perspective for the fourty-five minute trip up and back. After we enjoyed the climb up St. Paul's Hill. These landmarks are all integral to the expansive history of this city. It is nice to see the Portuguese, Dutch, and British eras on display and celebrated as a part of Malaysia today.

St. Paul's Hill
Climbing St. Paul's Hill in Malacca

I enjoyed my time here today. I like a place which welcomes tourists. We ended the evening with a walk on crowded Jonker Street. Everybody looked as though they were enjoying themselves, the tourists and the sellers! I'm glad we came for the weekend. Our bus back to Kuala Lumpur leaves the station here at 1:30 PM tomorrow.


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