Our visit to Taman Rama-Rama (Butterfly Park) was not planned. It was randomly suggested by a local as well as the other attractions en route to Malacca. Since we still have an extra hour (so we thought), we allocated 30 minutes for this. But upon seeing the butterflies feeding through the pineapples (I did not know they seriously like it), I knew we would stay longer.
A Famosa (“Kota a Famosa” or “The Famous”)
A Famosa was a fortress built in Malacca during the Portuguese occupancy. However, upon Dutch invasion and its subsequent hand over to British, its destruction was set. It was almost demolished when Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, intervened when he visited Malacca. Thanks to his passion for history, the Porta de Santiago (small gate) remains– from the used to be four major towers.
The fortress is not only popular among tourists, but especially to students who integrate lessons on field. During our visit to the equally interesting Mini-Malaysia (details on separate entry), we noticed a number of gradeschool students, too.