|Malacca Town (Melaka Town) - Malacca
Malacca is known as the historical state of Malaysia. It is the second smallest state in Malaysia. It is located in the southern part of Malay Peninsula. The state’s capital is Malacca city. Malacca is strategically situated on the famous Straits of Malacca, about 147km south of Kuala Lumpur.However, not much is known about the state until the 15th century as there were no proper records prior to this period.
In 1409, Admiral Cheng Ho, "the Three-Jewel Eunuch", an envoy of the Ming Emperor, helped forged links between the state and the Middle Kingdom. Therefore, it caused the beginning of a long relationship between Melaka and China. The descendants of Chinese settlers from this period came to be known as "Baba Nyonya" (Straits-born Chinese), products of a unique fusion of traditional Chinese origins and the Malay environment.
Despite the recent appearances of modern buildings and hotels on the periphery of the old town, Melaka still remains a historical goldmine. All cultural and architectural relics of the respective colonial eras can still be seen today.