Malacca has the layout typical of a maritime coastal city that grew from a humble river, a good harbor, and large volumes of cargo and travelers passing through its port. As the centuries passed, layers of development grew around the aged and enthralling core. Thus, the gems of historical Malacca, by and large, have come to lie within a mile's radius of the town square, while latter-day additions (such as leisure and entertainment parks, golf courses and shopping malls) are located farther away.
Bandar Hilir (Malacca Town)
History is the soul of Malacca and the portal to its timeless, exotic beauty. The Town Square is easy to find, but just in case the taxi driver does not know where it is, try...
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Melaka was founded around 1400 by Parameswara, called Iskandar Shah in the Malay Annals. After he was chased from Palembang in southern Sumatra by invading Javanese, he set up a kingdom in Singapore (Temasek), and after being overthrown by invaders there, ran up the west coast of the Malay peninsula to Melaka, where he settled and established a port city. As the site was in a favorable spot to take advantage of the two monsoons that dominated shipping routes, Melaka soon drew the attention of Arab and Chinese traders, both of whom maintained very close relations for trade and political advantage....