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A' Famosa Melaka
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As a complete contrast to Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is a quiet, pretty little city. Melaka, however was the birth place of modern Malaysia, while KL was still a swamp, the Portuguese, Dutch, and British traders made Melaka a thriving trading port, each leaving their own style in the architecture. The old part of Melaka centres round the old Portuguese A' Famosa a fort like stronghold, mostly destroyed later by the Dutch, and then later preserved by a certain Sir Stamford Raffles.
Around this area is the Sultanate Palace Museum and gardens, a modern replica of the original palace of Mansur Shah, it is totally made of wood with no nails. It was mercifully cool without any modern air con.
Sultan Palace Melaka
Sultan Palace Gardens Melaka 1
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Sultan Palace Gardens Melaka 2
Sultan Palace Gardens Melaka 3
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Stadthuys Melaka

The historic town centre is unmistakably dutch, although the ridiculous red paint was added later by the British, who also added the rather Victorian fountain.

Stadthuys derives from the Dutch word 'Stadhuis' (Town Hall), and is the main pick up point for the wonderfully over the top Trishaws. You cannot miss these 3 wheeled rickshaws, they are everywhere. Each owner decorates his trishaw more elaborately than his competitor, with plastic flowers, tinsel, parasols, flashing Christmas lights, and unbelievably loud sound systems.

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Trishaws Melaka 1
Trishaws Melaka 2
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Cheng Hoon Temple Melaka

Melaka is home to some of the oldest temples and churches in Malaysia. Modest looking from the outside, the Cheng Hoon Temple is the oldest Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. Dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, this is a working temple not a tourist re-construction, so temple etiquette must be observed by visitors.

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