As an important port city, Malacca has long been host to various trading and immigrant communities, incuding the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Chinese, who have all left their mark on the city's architecture. Visit the former Dutch city hall, known as the Stadthuys; St Paul's Church where St Francis Xavier was interred, which is located at the top of the St Paul's Hill with good views over Malacca; and Porta de Santiago, a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511. The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, once the family home of the Baba Chan family, offers an insight into the Peranakan lifestyle at the end of the 19th century. Its architectural style blends east and west, combining Victorian-era chandeliers and floor tiles with carved Chinese furniture and fittings.
In Malaysia, influences from across Asia
and Europe have come together to...