- Malaysia's Historic City
Flashback in Time.......
Malacca is located on the Western Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca, about 147 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur and 245 kilometers from Singapore. Malacca is actually found sandwiched between the states of Negeri Sembilan and Johor. It can be reached by excellent roads from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Internally it is serviced by a very good network of roads leading to all the historial places of interest. It covers an area of 658 square kilometers and is divided into three districts namely Alor Gajah, Malacca Tengah and Jasin.
581 years ago, a refugee prince called Parameswara sought sanctuary in a humble fishing village and decreed that a city be built where he stood. He named it Malacca from the Malacca tree.
Malacca rose to become a prosperous and powerful nerve centre of trade between the East and the West, and eventually became an empire. Here, gold, silk, tea, opium, tobacco, perfumes and countless other items from nearby countries and from as far away as Europe and South America changed ships.
The fame of this celebrated city spread far and wide and attracted conquerors who coveted monopoly of the spice trade.
And so, the Portguese, the Dutch and the English respectively took control of the empire until Malaysia obtained her independence in 1957 and Malacca was handed over to its first local Governor. Each rule left its mark behind and today this charming town, shed of its former pomp and sovereignty is filled with relics too big to be housed by any museum. Every street, every monument tells its own story of conquest and valour, avarice and victory.
Stop awhile in Malacca and listen hard. You might just be able to hear the pounding of cannons and war cries at the Famosa or the babble of foreign tongues raised high in the market place in Malacca -- Where it all began .............