30 years ago, I visited Malacca town; the river was so filthy smelly and blackish; the pre-war houses by the riverside were so dilapidated that it did not warrant me to have a second look. It was a big contrast today where you see the water in the Malacca River glittering under the hot sun.
However, I see little contrast in the Red Square, it retains the originality except for some landscaping additions and the flowery trishaws horning around with music. I retains my love for this historic site: the evidence of the conquest and influence of the Dutch colonists.
In this particular town of Melaka, the architectural influence of the European colonists had added much flavor to this Asian traditional city. It is here that I have the opportunity to taste the great culinary cooking of the Chinese baba, visited the Christmas light up at the Portuguese settlement, strolled around the Dutch Square, visit the Arab mosque and the Hindu temple, the Islamic museum and the splendid and majestic floating mosque by the seaside. Melaka is such a melting pot of several cultures with deep historic roots that you thought you are back into a memory lane in history that you forgot your self. This is a great town indeed with great historic significance.
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