Road Trip to Malacca
It was an unforgettable road trip to Malacca with fellow MEB students and the international students on last weekend. We visited several main attractions of Malacca which are historical and symbolic. Even though some of us have been to the attractions in Malacca few years ago, we still had a great time until the end of the journey.
The first place we visited was the Malacca Traditional House. It can be easily recognized by its tiles and staircases with unique crafting designs, which are imported from Europe and China. Besides, the Malacca’s traditional game, Congkak was displayed in the house and some of us got to learn and play the game, followed by other displays of the old appliances during the olden days. After the Malacca Traditional House, we went to the Hang Tuah Well which is located in Duyung Village. The village has been believed to be the birthplace of one of the Malacca’s hero, Hang Tuah. Locals believe the water in the well has a special ability to cure all the sickness or in other words, people who consume the pure and clean water are tend to be healthier.
The next destination after visiting Duyung Village is the Christ Church. Built by the Dutch in year 1753, it is known as the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Originally painted in white however, it was painted red in year 1911 and remained the same until now. Then, we visited Queen Victoria’s Fountain and Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower which are located right next to the Christ Church.
After that, the tour guide led us to the summit of St. Paul Hill where the St. Paul church is located. It was constructed by Portuguese but it was damaged badly when the Dutch invaded Malacca in the year 1641. However, the complex was later repaired and renamed Saint Paul’s Church. Then, we went down the hill and visited the most iconic building in Malacca which is the Porta De Santiago. The name is the translation of ‘The Famous’ in Portugese, in order to recall their victory of conquering Malacca in year 1511.
Next, we enjoyed the most delightful lunch throughout the day called as the Nyonya Cuisine, which is a mixture of Chinese and Malay cuisine. In addition, we had the famous dessert of Malacca which is ‘Cendol’ with the special seasoning called Malacca sugar. After the meal, we paid a visit to the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum where it showcases of the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. The ancient decoration has last for more than one hundred years. The guide of the Museum also explained the history of the Chan Family which is the owner of the Museum.
Unexpectedly, it started to rain after we visited the museum. However, we moved on to Harmony Street. Harmony Street is famous because of the three main races of Malaysia which include Malay, Chinese and Indian, run their own businesses and get along peacefully on the same street. We visited Sri Vinayagar Temple and Kampung Kling Mosque which also symbolize the Harmony Street itself. Unfortunately, we are forced to finish our trip earlier due to the heavy rain when we were just stepping into Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. Yet, we had the chance to speak with the international students while waiting for the coach to pick us up. It was a pleasant conversation that we could familiarize ourselves with different English accents by speaking to the foreign students.
Although the road trip became imperfect in the end, we still find the trip exciting and interesting. This is simply because most of us agree that it was our very first time to be on a tour with foreigners. More importantly, we gain knowledge of the Malaysian history and learn to appreciate the sacrifices by our Malaysian heroes. Thus, it seems like an ordinary trip but it gave us an unforgettable and memorable experience in our lifetime.