Since my mom and siblings have never been to the historical town that is Melaka, I decided to bring the family down for a short day trip during their brief visit to KL for Chinese New Year. We drove down there during the 3rd day of CNY.

Melaka Trip, St Paul's Church
St Francis Xavier with his missing right arm at St Paul’s church

After arriving there, we had a quick brunch at Donald and Lily’s corner (another post on another time) and then proceeded to the must-visit spot that is the old St. Paul’s church. You might have noticed that the statue of St Francis Xavier has a missing right arm, this is not an act of vandalism but rather sculptured on purpose to show that the body does lack the right arm. Apparently the pope requested that the arm be severed from the corpse of St Francis 62 years after he died.

Melaka Trip, St Paul's Church
Inside St Paul’s Church

After that we walk to Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat), where my sister bought some souvenirs. We also stopped by the same Chendol place I visited last time around, Jonker88. Can’t get enough of that gula Melaka.

Melaka Trip, Jonker Street, Jalan Hang Jebat
Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat)

There’s still quite a lot of trishaws in Melaka. Over here, they are decorated heavily with plenty of fake flowers, and many of them come equipped with loud stereo systems churning out the latest Fifty Cent’s tune. Unlike the trishaw in Penang where the passenger is seated in front, the trishaws here have the side by side configuration. Slightly less thrilling I think.

Melaka Trip, Mini Malaysia
There isn’t really anything much at mini Malaysia

Before heading back to KL, the four of us then went to Mini Malaysia at Ayer Keroh, just a few kilometers from the heart of town. Initially I had though that the park has many miniature buildings and landscape representing the whole of Malaysia, but it turned out that there were merely 13 traditional houses representing the different states. Not exactly worth the RM 12 per person we had to pay to get in, and miles away from the value for money you’d get visiting KL’s bird park.

Melaka Trip, Mini Malaysia show
worst costume ever

However, we did get there just in time for their cultural performance. Basically it was just a lot of traditional dance routines. It wasn’t half bad, but the costume was something else.

Overall it was a relaxing trip, though we did not manage to go to many eating places nor were the tourist attractions that great.

KY travels – Melaka Trip during CNY
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4 thoughts on “KY travels – Melaka Trip during CNY

  • February 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    What I also like best Melaka is the museum opposite Jonker Street. If you are a student or a history buff like me, this is the place to go. I can spend several hours there reading about the history of Melaka.

  • February 27, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    I was wondering about those dancers…are they guys or gals? If the answer is the former, I’d stay away from Mini Malaysia..period.

  • February 28, 2007 at 12:53 am

    don’t be so homophobic now deriku, yes they’re male. hee-hee.

  • March 2, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    wah..syok yeah..cny visited melaka…ages nv been there laio..
    make me laff the most is the picture of worst costume..the guy looks so ‘hmm ngan guan’ to wear like tat…muka masam..still have to wear n dance..kakaka..really salut


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