Malacca, a melting pot of history was founded by Prince Parameswara from Palembang in Sumatra, Indonesia in 1400. Admiral Cheng Ho of the Ming Dynasty from China visited Malacca and it became an international trading post. The Chinese brought gold, silver, silk and porcelain as well as Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.The Siamese brought ivory as well as Buddhism.
The Indians brought cloth, brassware and Hindusim.
The Arabs brought perfume, pearls, opium and Islam. 1511 The Portuguese took control and brought Catholicism. 1641 The Dutch took over in 1641 and brought Protestanism. 1795 The British took control and left us with Independence on 31 August1957.
DAILY DEPARTURES ON SHARED BASIS * PHYSICALLY NOT CHALLENGING
0800hrs Depart for Malacca, enroute visit the famous Batu Caves and climb 272 steps into the temple of Hindu Deity Lord Murugan who is honored during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam every year. Ladies to be properly attired to enter the temple.
1100hrs On arrival at Malacca, visits and photo stops :
% Church of St Peter 1710 - Oldest functioning Catholic church. There are several tombstones on the church floor.
% Kampong Morten 1920 - a traditional Malay house - living museum with unique interior designs and Malay traditional wear, musical instruments and antique furniture.
% Stadthuys1650 Historical Dutch Museum and House of Dutch Governor.
% St Paul's Hill - The Portuguese built a chapel where St Francis Xavier did his missionary work.
% Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple 1645 - the oldest Chinese Temple with 3 doctrines - Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
% Jonker Street (Antique Street) For antique lovers, souvenir hunters and treasure enthusiasts, this is the place. Porcelain of Chinese origin, Indian Brassware, Gramaphones, Mother of Pearl furniture, kerosene lamps to name but a few.
% Porta De Santiago (A Famosa)1512 Built by Portuguese settlers under the command of Alfonso D Albuquerque. The British ordered its demolition but the timely intervention of Sir Stamford Raffles is what remains - the gateway as a symbol of Malacca.
% 1400hrs After lunch depart for Kuala Lumpur arriving approx 1700hrs. End of Tour.