Friday, June 24, 2011

Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

One of the oldest streets in Malacca is called Heeren Street by the Dutch and known as Holland Street to the Chinese till this very day.

It has also nicknamed Millionaires' Row as most of the Chinese millionaires of the pioneering period lived on this street.

Most of the houses here appear small and narrow from the outside but don't let the appearance fool you as they stretch some 100m back.

After Malaysia's independence, the street was renamed Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in memory of the Founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association for the important role he played towards the achievement of Malaysia's independence.

Some of the architectural jewel was built here in the 18th Century. The Chee Mansion, for example is the testament of the wealth for those who once lived along this street. The mansion which has a touch of Dutch architecture is surely a sight to behold.

The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is also located at this street. A visit reveals a way of life that lasted unchanged until World War II. It is opened everyday (on specified time only) except Tuesday

The guided tour, conducted by petite Nyonya ladies dressed in traditional costumes, reveals the architecture and decor of the era as well as intimate details about how the Babas and Nyonyas lived

1 comment:

historic cities said...

wonderful pictures in your hand health