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Saturday 21 March 2015

Portuguese Settlement

14 Jalan Daranjo
Perkampungan Portugis
75050 Melaka
Coordinates: 2.183794, 102.266626

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

The Portuguese Settlement is a Malacca Portuguese community in Ujong Pasir, Melaka, Malaysia.

The Malacca portuguese are a Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay, which arose during the Portuguese colonial period (16th to 17th century).

In 1933, 11 hectares of land at Malacca were purchased with the purpose of creating a haven for scattered Malacca Portuguese and their culture. The swampy land was cleared and 10 wooden houses with earth floors and attap roofs were built. Saint John's village, as that simple fishing village was originally known, soon attracted additional malacca portuguese living all over Malacca, and grew to become one of Malacca's main tourist attractions, improving the standard of living of its villagers.

I came here a very long time ago before all this land reclamation began, and in place of the concrete plaza of hawker stalls there were wooden huts overlooking the sea. You literally sat under the stars and beside the gentle waves as you had your dinner of seafood and other assorted dishes (my particular favourite was the Devil’s Curry).

clean and sanitised

there's even a hotel at the other end

remnants of what it used to look like

this stall has a very special place in my heart

view of the jetty (or is it a pier)

it goes on a long way

view of Hotel Lisbon

view from the jetty 

a closer look at the remnants

an even closer look at the remnants

more developments coming up

one final shot

Brendan's caught sight of something?

ah, so this was it

Today the swamp is gone, and in place of it is a clean and satinized version of the Portuguese Settlement that I am not sure what to make of. Regardless, we’ll be coming again for dinner one of these days. Hopefully I’ll find me some Devil’s Curry!

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