The Dutch, the Malays, the Tourists
Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
43Trip End Mar 09, 2013
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Walked across the bridge and attended Anglican Church service at Christ Church, the church built by the Dutch. It's a plain building, white walls with wooden timber beams, but has been an active church since 1753. Very friendly multi-ethnic congregation and lots of music. After the service I walked up St. Paul's Hill where the shell of a Portuguese church built in 1521 still stands. There was a wonderful breeze and a great view of the city and also the ocean in the distance. Next I visited the museums located in the Stadhuys, a collection of buildings used as administrative centers during the Dutch and British times. The history museum was closed for renovation but I walked thru the other four focusing on Malaysian education, Malay literature, the government, and the road to independence after World War II
Lunch was Melakan laksa -- very hot even for me. Walked around in the afternoon plus took a boat ride on the Melaka River with several Malay families. The state government has constructed a walkway on both sides of the river and cafes/hotels/guest houses are beginning to open there. A bit further up river, many of the buildings have murals painted. Did a little shopping, too. Stopped in @ 8 Heeren Street where a non-profit organization has restored a Chinese shophouse as a model under UNESCO Heritage status. Unfortunately funding is limited and no others have been restored.
The Night Market was set up once again. Vendors have the setup down to a science. They roll a cart into place, set up metal stands, put plywood sheets on top, cover, and lay out whatever they are selling. The market was a bit calmer tonight as only serious tourists are still around on a Sunday night. The Chinese stage show was a go, though half of the music tonight was Western sung in Chinese.