Right from the start Parameswara’s political and pecuniary ambition had contributed to the present characteristics of Melaka and made this city to be a multi-cultural centre for traditions and culture. The site where the city of Melaka stands today was the centre of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Melaka Sultanate and was the centre of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century after the Malays moved over from Sumatra and was the most prosperous Entrepôt and city of the Malay Archipelago before it fell to the hand of Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British as well as development of Straits Chinese (Peranakan) culture have influenced the architecture of the town, notably the Portuguese A’Famosa, Dutch Stadthuys, and the Dutch, Chinese and British influenced traditional town houses. Melaka’s rapid growth further enhanced the multicultural characteristics of the society and people. Melaka was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage City in July 2008. The anniversary of this historic occasion is celebrated with a host of cultural activities and an array of delectable traditional cuisine that is unique to the state. As the celebration takes place, the well-preserved heritage buildings, cultural enclaves and local attraction spots will be swarming with tourists for all over the world.
Participants may refer the provided links below as for a guide in interesting places in Malacca