Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Melaka, Malaysia

Arrived in Melaka (Malacca) this afternoon (June 1) after a quick ferry journey that took only a couple of hours and I already like it here. I'm staying in the heart of Chinatown on a street called Jalan Tukang Emas which means Harmony Street. It's called that because on it close together are a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque, and a Chinese temple that combines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The Chinese temple was the most impressive and has received world heritage of status from UNESCO.

Malaysia seems more economically developed than Indonesia. Its GDP per capita is twice that of Indonesia's. The streets are cleaner and more organised. It's also a pleasant change to be able to walk the streets without being constantly harassed by hawkers, taxi drivers, and rickshaw drivers.
The ferry by which I crossed from Indonesia to Malaysia

The ruins of Portuguese or Dutch church (I forget which)

How Malacca looked in the fifteenth century (according to a museum diorama).

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