Stadthuys Melaka, Christ Church Melaka and Queen Victoria Fountain

The first stop my family and I go to in Melaka is the Stadthuys. 




It is also known as the "Red Square". For tourists who didn't know where to start when visiting Melaka, I will suggest to kickstart from here: the Stadthuys. As you reached here, you will be able to see a row of uniformly painted red buildings. Only later did I know that these newly built buildings were painted in red to harmonize with the Dutch heritage so proudly flaunted in Melaka. If my history didn't fail me, the Dutch ruled Melaka for around 180 years plus.

The exterior was beautiful and it gives a festive feeling. There are a lot of tourists taking photos and everyone seem to be filled with joy in an outdoor party. 

THE STADTHUYS


Stadthuys
There are a lot of stalls selling souvenirs, hats, sunglasses as well. Considering the weather, that's definitely a good items to put on sale. You can find a lot of these stalls in this small lane.




CHRIST CHURCH MELAKA

One of the most outstanding landmark that one must go to: Christ Church Melaka. The church was built by the Dutch empire in 1741. Apparently, the church was built by the Dutch to signify their 100th years in Melaka, and to take over the Portuguese's St Paul's church up the hill as the primary worship place.

Christ Church Melaka
But honestly, the inside was not as beautiful as the exterior. 

Photos are not allowed to be taken but my brother managed to take one. 



The wooden pews and frieze of “The Last Supper” were hand crafted, but the more interesting bits were the tombstones bearing inscriptions from Portuguese as well as Armenian traders.

There is a stall at the right side of the church hall, selling candles and religious items
 but I'm quite turn off by the attitude of the lady who was in charge there. She was more interested in making money when we asked if there's a plaster available because my sister was hurt. Such rudeness really just turn people away from going to church. I hope the church leaders read this. 

QUEEN VICTORIA FOUNTAIN


Queen Victoria Fountain

This is perhaps probably one of the last traces of the British colonial era in Malaysia and it symbolizes the glorious days of the British colonization in Malaysia in the yesteryears. The fountain was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was built in 1901 by the British and it still look as elegant. 

I regretted for getting caught in taking photos of so many other things that I actually overlook the Clock Tower, which was just next to Queen VIctoria Fountain.

Definitely a great place to go to if one love history. Whether Malaysians like it or not, Melaka has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. It's important that we embrace our history and our culture, and I think a good place to start is here.

Love the environment, the jolly people around the place, the tourists who are busy taking photos (so as myself), the design of the buildings and totally enjoyed my day with my family and Yen Leng there. 



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