The Dutch in­flu­ence

Woman's Era - - Short Story -

With the com­ing of the Dutch we see their in­flu­ence in the build­ings that came up dur­ing their rule – no­tably Stadthuys, a for­mer home of the Dutch gover­nor now con­verted into a mu­seum and Christ Church, a glo­ri­ous ex­am­ple of Dutch ar­chi­tec­ture and the old­est Protes­tant church in the re­gion.

They, to­gether with a few other build­ings, form the Red Square and are pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions. While ini­tially painted white they are now painted red and are a sym­bol of Dutch in­flu­ence in Malacca.

The Mar­itime Mu­seum with its large replica of a ship that sank off the coast of Malacca pays homage to the power of Malacca as a port and is def­i­nitely worth a visit.

Since most of old Malacca was con­structed out of wood very lit­tle re­mains to­day. The Malacca River flows through the town and has been a wit­ness to all the changes that the city has gone through over the cen­turies. Boat rides are avail­able for the ben­e­fit of tourists want­ing to ex­plore Malacca via this wa­ter­way.

Very close to the river lies Jonkers Street, an­other place very pop­u­lar with tourists and sou­venir hun­ters, known for its many an­tique shops and night mar­ket.

For­eign in­flu­ences have left an in­deli­ble mark on Malacca and its peo­ple and are vis­i­ble even to­day in the streets, houses, food and mon­u­ments of Malacca.

Christ Church lo­cated at the touristy Red Square.

Replica of a ship at the Mar­itime Mu­seum.

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