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Title: Christ Church Malacca
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:08pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Christ Church, which is located at Dutch Square, is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. A legacy of the Dutch era, Christ Church was built in the 18th century with bricks which were specially brought in from Zeeland in Holland. The porch and vestry were added a hundred years after the initial church hall was completed.

Title: Christ Church Malacca
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:08pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Christ Church was built to commemorate the centennial of Dutch rule in Malacca. Construction began in 1741, and completed in 1753. It follows an extremely simple design, which is a quintessential church of Dutch architecture - rectangular, with massive walls, red granite plinths and Dutch roof tiles. It is perfectly proportion to the ratio of 2:1, 27 meters long by 13 meters wide. There are no aisles or chancel.
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Title: Christ Church Malacca
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:09pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Plaques on the wall of Christ Church commemorate those who died of the various epidemics while stationed in Malacca, reflecting the tough life faced by the Dutch officers in those days. There is also a wooden plaque remembering those who died in World War II, most likely placed there by the British. It sits at the rear of the western wall.

Title: The Red Square
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 4:26pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Some trishaws parked in front of Stadhuys. These trishaws are mostly painted in yellow colour and decorated with flowers. The stereo speakers in the trishaws will blast out loud music while you are enjoying your ride!

Title: Red Mansion?
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 18 March 2009, 3:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

A twisted angle for this building.

Title: RED MADNESS
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 4:22pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

I was asked by a backpacker "Why red colour?" I say "DUNNO" Most buildings in Dutch square were painted in brick red colour. That's why the place is best known as RED Square. But, why red colour???

Title: Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 4:28pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The clock tower was built by Tan Jiak Kim in 1886 in memory of his father Tan Beng Swee. The clock tower housed a clock which was imported from England. In 1982, a new clock by Seiko replaced the original clock which had stopped working. The Seiko clock is still installed at the clock tower, and is still in proper working condition.

Title: Malacca Art Gallery
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:10pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Interesting curvy roof.

Title: Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:01pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

The Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain was erected in 1904 by the people of Malacca to commemorate Her Majesty's 60th anniversary on the British throne.

Title: Picturesque Moment
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 18 March 2009, 4:26
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

On my way to St Francis Xavier Church.
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Title: SPLASH
Location: Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 3:02pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like a gigantic mace :) I LOVE this picture - contrast between the blue sky and shadowy fountain!

I just returned from a full 2D solo trip to Malacca. It was my first time exploring the Historical State of Malacca. I nearly cancelled my trip after listening to endless complains and whining from my elder brother saying "there is nothing to see in Malacca - just pieces of stones here and there". Fortunately, I did some comprehensive research and discover Malacca have lots to offer!

Both Malacca historical city centre and Georgetown, Penang has been listed as a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 7 July 2008. I truly enjoyed my trip to Penang and I'm looking forward for more or similar goodies in Malacca. I boarded the earliest express bus at Puduraya station to Malacca Sentral main station. It was a smooth two hours bus journey from Kuala Lumpur to the town of Malacca. Bus fare was only RM13. I decided to rely on public transportation since most of these UNESCO HERITAGE sites are within walking distance.

Malacca Sentral is a modern bus station. I asked around and boarded a red bus known as 'hop-on-off". You just need to pay a flat rate of RM1 to move around the city for one full day! I disembarked at the Dutch Square. I can see lots of tourists (local and foreigners) all over the place. WOW!! is the first word to describe the place! The place is so damn NICE!

I wanna start exploring these wonderful buildings straight away! But, I have to find a cheap accommodation first. So, I checked the google map I downloaded the day before and walk to my preferred choice of guesthouse (Jalan-Jalan Guesthouse). The guesthouse look like any other typical Malaccan's shop houses. I proceeded into Jalan-Jalan Guesthouse at Jalan Tukang Emas and was greeted warmly by Sam. He was such a courteous fella. I paid RM46 for 2D stay. It was the BEST BUDGET stay since my traveling began late last year. The room is comfy with mattress, pillow and fan. The shared common bathroom and toilet is simple yet I enjoy my bath! There is even self-made coffee counter and a PC connected to Internet + wifi access for those who brought along a laptop. I think I'm the only Malaysian staying in the guesthouse that time - I can see some Mat Sallehs, Japanese and a Middle Eastern guy. A two days stay there but it was a GREAT PLACE for people seeking cheap yet wholesome stay. Gosh...I'm going to write about this place in Trip Advisor!

It was VERY DIFFICULT trying to plan for my next post about my Malacca trip. The most time consuming thing to do is to sort out all those photos I captured earlier with my NIKON DSLR D60 camera. I have to carefully select the best picture and group them into proper category for ease of reference in future. I'm quite happy that I captured LOTS of wonderful pictures to share with you!! So, I'm going to start this post by posting pictures on Christ Church Malacca and Dutch Square.

Remember to follow Part 2 for St Paul Church, St Francis Xavier Statue and Kg. Keling Mosque!!
Malacca - Getting there
Car

- From KL

Take the North-South Highway all the way down south.

Train

There are no train routes to Melaka, best way is by bus/coach

Bus



MALACCA UNESCO HERITAGE LOCATION (GOOGLE MAPS):

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