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MELAKA CITY & BABA NYONYA HERITAGE



A place steeped in ancient history, Melaka was once a trading post for spices with traders arriving from all corners of the world. Melaka has a colourful history with her founder, the Malay Sultans, followed by intervention from the Dutch, Portugese and even the Chinese, thus creating a very unique potpourri of diverse communities.

Our 150km journey to Melaka passes scenic plantations of rubber and oil palms, dotted with occasional villages. Our tour of Melaka begins at the river mouth, once nicknamed as the 'Venice of the East'. The presence of quaint looking old barges and wooden boats laden with mangrove logs and charcoal for barter goods is a reminder of a trade being practised centuries ago.

We will take a walk through the narrow Heeren Street and view fine old Dutch houses from the 17th century. We will also visit the Baba Nyonya Heritage Private Museum, the only of its kind in the country. A guided tour of its interior portrays the colourful history and heritage of the Peranakans, a unique culture born of a fusion between Chinese and Malay traditions.

After lunch we walk along Jonkers Street which is noted for its antique shops. We will then drop by Wah Aik Shoemaker, the only shop in the world that still makes shoes for bounded feet.

We continue with a short walk on Harmony Street to see Kampung Kling Mosque, an old mosque with Sumatran architecture. We then move on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, founded by Kapitan China Lee Wei King, a fugitive who fled from China during the Ming Dynasty.

Next, we will then drive to see the red-hued Melaka Dutch Square, Christ Church and the unmistakable Studhyus (once used as the home for the Dutch Governor) which serve as reminders of the Dutch influence in Melaka.

We then drive to Padang Merdeka to see the remaining ruins of a Portuguese fort called A Formosa (built in 1511) with Porta Santa as the existing gateway of the fort. We get to climb up St. Paul's Hill to explore St. Paul's Church, a roofless ruin where lays a statue and empty grave of St. Francis Xavier. Before leaving Melaka we drive around Bukit China ('Chinese Hill') to see the largest ancestral burial ground of the early Chinese of Melaka outside China.


DepartPick-Up TimeDurationTour Operations Min 2 pax up
9.00 a.m.Between 8.45 a.m.8 hrs

ORGANISER

CO-ORGANISER

Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
International Federation of Engineering Education Societies
Society of Engineering Education Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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CO-HOST

Malaysia Council of Engineering Deans                Malaysia Ministry of Tourism And Culture                Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau                Malaysia Truly Asia
Universiti Teknologi Petronas


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ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

Dassault Systemes
EMGS       M-Tutor       Math Works       MMC Corporation Berhad       Quanser


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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


COLLABORATORS

Taylor's University       Philippine Association of Engineering Schools       Universiti Sains Malaysia       Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia       Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia       Universitas Indonesia