Melaka, Malaysia



Malay Heritage Sites

Kampung Morten
Kampung Morten is a Malay village in the city
located on a small peninsular on the bank of the Melaka River. The village is a heritage site and established in the early 1920's to accommodate people who had to leave their homes in Kampung Jawa to make way for a market. The area was initially a mangrove swamp until Othman Haji Muhammad Nor and Deman Haji Abdul Ghani contributed to purchase the area for the resettlement. Kampung Morten is named after J.F. Morten, the Commissioner of Land during the period, who helped resettle the people.

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The village is a living museum featuring Malay kampung houses though the inhabitants are very much in the 21st century with their modern amenities. The houses are constructed mainly from timber with spacious interiors and good ventilation. Villa Sentosa is the housed built by Othman Haji Muhammad Nor in the 1920's and has been converted into a museum, maintained by his descendants. Visitors are welcomed to tour and view the house. Entrance is free (donations are welcome) and visiting hours are from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m except on Fridays which is from 2.45 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Kampung Morten by Yavor Dimitrov
Historical Mosques
Like the rest of Malaysia, the Malays in Melaka are predominantly Muslims though other races have minorities who are believers of Islam. One of the oldest functioning mosques in Melaka is the Masjid Kampung Hulu constructed in 1728 and located at the corner of Jalan Masjid Kampung Hulu and Jalan Masjid. Other historical mosques include
Masjid Kampung Kling (constructed in 1872) located at Jalan Tukang Emas and Masjid Tengkera (constructed in 1728) in Jalan Tengkara. A common feature of these mosques are their unique blend of Chinese, Melakan Malay and Sumatran architecture.

Kampung Kling Mosque by Gryffindor

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