Malacca is the capital city of Malacca State and it has a population of about 800,000 people, most of the inhabitants being Malays. Malacca has fantastic weather conditions throughout the year, meaning that there are many visitors to this city regardless of the season. This city was the most important city of Malaysia in the 15th and the 16th century, and although many people from Malacca have moved to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, it still remains an important city for the Malay world.
• The official language in Malacca is Bahasa Malaysian and most of the Malacca inhabitants can understand and speak in English. Besides these two languages tourists will get a chance to talk to the locals in a very interesting language – Manglish. The difference between English and Manglish is that Malacca people actually use English words and put ‘lah’ at the end of the sentence.
• The city got its name after a tree called the melaka.
• On 7 July 2008, the city center became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
History and Culture
Malacca has a rich and over 600 years long history and it was founded in 1400 by the prince Parameswara. According to the legend, prince Parameswara was sitting under a tree, in order to get some rest as he had been hunting when a mouse deer pushed his dog into the river. The prince was stunned by this weak animal’s bravery and decided to build an empire right where this event took place – under the melaka tree. Many different nations ruled Malacca, including the British, the Portuguese and the Japanese and they have also made an influence on Malay culture. The city became independent in 1957.
Things to See and Do
Finding a place of interest in Malacca is very easy, as there are all sorts of stores, souvenir shops, cinemas and many other places where people can have some fun. One of the most exotic places in Malacca is the Crocodile Farm, which is one of the largest crocodile farms in the country. The visitors can see more than 100 different species of these reptiles. Antique enthusiasts can walk along the ‘street of antiques’, as Jonker Street is popularly called, and visit one of the 15 antique shops located on this street.
Malacca has a limited but interesting enough nightlife. Although there is not a large number of nightclubs and bars available for going out, this does not necessarily mean that the nightlife of Malacca will be disappointing. As in any other Malaysian city, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a singing night out and choose to visit one of the many karaoke bars. On the other hand, for those who like to enjoy music performed by professionals, there are many clubs with great live music bands.
Eating and Drinking
There are a lot of different cafes and restaurants where people can enjoy different dishes, such as Chinese and Indian dishes. Malacca also offers very delicious local dishes, the most popular being Satay. Satay is very similar to barbecue – it is basically meat sliced into small pieces and seasoned with a unique spice called satay.