Friday, October 1, 2010

STATE OF MELAKA - HISTORICAL CITY

Hang Jebat's Mausoleum

Hang Jebat's Mausoleum

Hang Jebat was the champion of justice who died a tragic death. Hang Jebat was unceremoniously killed by Hang Tuah in a duel of honour that lasted 3 days and 3 nights. He ran amuck after suffering a fatal wound from Hang Tuah's dagger 'Keris Taming Sari.' In the name of justice to avenge the Sultan's hasty punishment against Hang Tuah for a crime he didn't commit. Hang Jebat was accused by Hang Tuah of 'derhaka' (contumacy). The duel between two of Malacca's most prominent knights has left a permanent question as to the moral behind Hang Jebat's aberrant reaction against authority and the conventions by which Hang Tuah exercised his conduct as a loyal subject of the Sultan.


Hang Jebat's Mausoleum


Hang Li Poh's Well


Hang Li Poh's Well

Hang Li Poh was a Chinese princess who married the reigning Sultan Mansur Shah in mid-15th century. Diplomatic ties between China and Malacca then were reaching a high point. Upon arrival, the followers of the Chinese princess built a well in 1459 as the main source of water for much of the town. It is said that the well never dried up, not even during times of extreme drought. The Dutch enclosed the well within stout walls in 1677 to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. It has long since been converted into a wishing well.

Hang Li Poh's Well





Hang Tuah's Mausoleum

Hang Tuah's Mausoleum

A fully decorated admiral of Melaka's naval forces who defended successfully, countless attacks against Malacca sovereignty from Siamese and Achenese fleets, Hang Tuah's outstanding performance as a military officer made him a legend that has graced many a court and the history of Melaka.


Hang Tuah's Mausoleum

Hang Tuah's bravery was discovered during his adolescence when he single handedly arrested a man who had ran amuck in the village called Kampong Duyong. His valiant act caught the Sultan's attention and he was called to the palace and conferred a knighthoods the youngest ever to be knighted.


Hang Tuah's Well

Hang Tuah's Well


Located in Kampong Duyong where Hang Tuah was born and spent his childhood among four of his good friends who would later become the famous knights of Melaka.

The well is said to be the abode of his soul which takes the apparition of a white crocodile. For a commoner to catch a glimpse of Hang Tuah is hardly likely. It is said that only the holy among us can ever hope to see the apparition


Infocraft Centre

Infocraft Centre

Infocraft Melaka is the handicraft promotion centre where quality products such as batik, canes, bamboo, ceramics and other wares are carefully selected as exhibits based on workmanship and design. Made by local craftsmen, the products can be purchased as souvenirs. The centre also has an archive corner to enlighten visitors on the subject local handicraft.


Jonker Street


Jonker Street

A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artifacts and relics. some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Street, is known worldwide among famous antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.

Jonker Street



Kampong Kling's Mosque

Architecturally intriguing, it is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the country. The Sumatran influence is readily apparent from its three-tiered pyramid-shaped roof, in place of the more conventional dome. The free-standing minaret resembles a pagoda, again reflecting an infusion of Oriental influences. Freshly painted, it continues to serve faithfully as a popular venue of worship for the local Muslim community.

Kampong Kling's Mosque

The mosque is open to visitors but do observe the rules and common practices of the premises. (e.g. do not, among other things, appear in shorts or mini skirts)




Kampong Kling's Mosque


Maritime Museum


Maritime Museum

The Museum is constructed after 'Flor De La Mar', the Portuguese ship that sand off the coast of Melaka on its way to Portugal. With its hull laden with invaluable treasures seized from Malacca, the ship was doomed from existence had it not for the efforts to revive its symbolic significance to Melaka's heritage.


Maritime Museum

At the museum, visitors can get a closer look at Melaka from the famed Malay Sultanate of the 14th century to the Portuguese era, the Dutch era and the British era. There are exhibits of foreign ships that had once called at the port of Melaka during the height of its maritime hegemony.

Light & Sound


Light & Sound

The best way to learn up the history of Melaka. The Light and Sound show at Bandar Hilir, Padang Pahlawan is the first such project Southeast Asia. It is equal to other projects namely the Egyptian Pyramid at Gaze, the Acropolis at Athens, and the Red Fort at Delhi. Significant events in Melaka's history are re-enacted by means of lights, narrative, dialogue, music and relative sound effects to project real-life drama that will glue visitors to the seat. Highly educational yet entertaining, visitors to Melaka should make it a point to attend the show to understand Melaka, its food and its people.

Light & Sound



Melaka's Sultanate Palace


Melaka's Sultanate Palace

Malacca Sultanate Palace is an exquisite piece of Malay architecture and is a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's extinct Sultanate. The palace is built based on sketches found in the ancient Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals). This wooden replica of the Sultan's palace houses the Malacca Cultural Museum.


Melaka's Sultanate Palace

Facing the palace is the Historic City Memorial Garden. An intriguing monument to commemorate the declaration of Malacca as a Historic City is the showpiece of this garden. The monument is topped with a replica of a Malay royal headress, a symbol of Malaysians' allegiance to the throne.

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