The Chinese who came here to trade settled down to marry the local women. These intercultural marriages have given birth to a unique community, the Peranakans.
Strong Chinese influences can be seen in the market, in temples like the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum. which are a must visit for tourists. Many of the old surviving shops have plaster detailing and colourful tiles on their exterior, all rooted in the rich historical past of Malacca.
Wedding portrait of a Peranakan couple.