Malacca (Malay: Melaka)
Facing the Straits of Melaka, about 147km southwest of Kuala Lumpur, is the historical state of Melaka. Its capital which has the same name as the state is popularly known as the " World Heritage City of UNESCO". Filled with events of the past, the state is like a large museum brimming with artefacts, handicrafts , walkways, corridors, buildings and gardens. This "museum-state", rich with its possessions, has a very interesting story to tell. It is a story set in a multi-racial society. It is a story of legendary sultans, heroes and princesses. It is a story of war, of conquest and of independence. It is a story that spans over 600 years. Although lacking in natural resources, Melaka colourful past has made it a famous tourist destination.
Melaka was founded by Parameswara, a prince of Sumatra, Indonesia at 1396. He was fleeing his country when he changed upon a shady tree, named Melaka, along the coast of Peninsular Malaysia. As he rested, he saw a mousedeer fighting with a dog, and the dog lost. He liked the place and decided to make it his new home. He named the place, Melaka, after the tree. in the 15th cenury, Melaka quickly developed into a prosperous trading port and soon became an Empire. Due to its rapid growth, the Straits became a waterway filled with activities. Trading ships from all over the world passed by this busy port-of-call. Gold, Silk, spices, tobacco and tea leave were among the goods traded in this port. Heroes and legends thrived at the height of the Melaka Empire. Among them were the wise Sultan Mansur Shah, the intelligent and knowledgeable Minister, Tun Perak, and the heroic warrior, Hang Tuah. Melaka also came under the rule of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British before it became part of the Federation of Malaysia in1957. The richness of its heritage and culture is captured in every street and building in the state. On 7th, July 2008, Melaka historical core district has been included in UNESCO World Heritage City list.
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