Friday, September 24, 2010

Melaka (Malacca)




The city of Melaka is divided into the new and old sections. The older part of the city is fairly compact and has many historical and cultural attractions tucked into the nooks and crannies of its narrow streets.

Much of the remnants of Melaka's glorious past lie within the Town Square and waterfront area near the river.
Just above the Town Square is St. Paul's Hill (Bukit St. Paul) which is the site of the original Portuguese fort of A'Famosa and St. Paul's Church.

There is a sign-posted heritage trail which visitors can follow to visit all the historical places in the old part of town. The new section of Melaka lies across the Melaka River and is mostly built on land reclaimed from the sea. It consists of modern shopping centres like the Mahkota Parade and is a bustling food and entertainment district.

Outside Melaka town, there are some nice beaches, two excellent offshore islands with resorts and a golf course. The Air Keroh district is close to the North-South Expressway and has many recreational theme parks.

Melaka was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 July 2008. As part of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) promotional efforts, the UNESCO World Heritage 1-2-3 package has been launched to promote UNESCO World Heritage sites of George Town (Penang), Melaka and Borobudur (Indonesia). For further information on the packages, click here.

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