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Review of Jonker Bird House

Jonker Bird House
Ranked #89 of 149 things to do in Melaka
Reviewed 15 February 2014

I thought this was great! If you are not from Asia and do not know much about 'Bird's Nest' you will get your education here!!! You can even try some at a 'reasonable' price!

2  Thank Claudia A
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I'll admit I knew absolutely nothing about swiftlet farming before visiting the Jonker Bird House. Actually, I didn't even know that swiftlet farming was an industry! But we were walking down Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and I was intrigued by the sign reading "Swiftlets Ecology Discover Centre" and "Free Entrance". I approached the bored-looking girl at the desk and she asked if we'd like to visit. I said yes, but had no idea what was about to happen. She pointed us towards a small dark doorway in the corner... and in we went.

Now, if you're like me and have no idea what swiftlet farming is, you will think that you've just walked into some sort of trick, or trap, and will be very, very happy you didn't pay to get in. But, give it some time -- wander further in -- and you will actually start piecing the whole thing together.

In the first room, the house itself has been converted to a massive swiftlet nesting area. This area is kept very dark and is hard to see, but if you stand patiently you will notice birds coming and going through the building's airwell. Continue upstairs and there will be a small exhibit showing some nests on display. Then continue towards the back of the building on the second floor and you will find a few workers in climate-controlled, sterilized rooms cleaning and removing feathers from nests. Then go even further into the building and you'll realize just what the heck is going on here -- the nests are, of course, edible. And the edible bird's nest industry is apparently worth more than $1 billion USD per year. Check out the price tags on some of the boxes and you'll see why! These are not cheap!

Overall the visit was intriguing, but it isn't set up well for someone who doesn't know anything about the bird's nest industry. There are no interpretive panels to explain what you're looking at. There are no guides. But, we spent about 40 minutes there and sure enough figured out the whole thing ourselves. We went from "what the heck is going on here" to "hmm, something interesting is going on here" to "OH! I get it! And wow this is intriguing!"

I do recommend you visit, but depending on your interest it may take only 15 minutes for you to walk through. There is a cafe on the second floor where you can, of course, sample some of the goods, but we did not partake.

The sign on the door posted the hours of operation as Monday-Sunday, 9am-6pm, last walk-in at 5:30pm.

6  Thank patrickmeyer
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Reviewed 19 May 2016
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Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile
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