(The Christ Church is said to be originally painted white. However, this and the neighbouring Stadthuys building was painted red in 1911 and this distinctive colour scheme has remained the hallmark of Malacca’s Dutch-era buildings. It is the oldest surviving Dutch church building found outside the Netherlands.)
Where to find one of those graciously decorated bicycle rickshaws in the world? In Malacca. The moment I saw this corner, I told myself that this third smallest state in Malaysia definitely deserves a re-visit.
Even without the very detailed checking of history, the architecture within Malacca can tell you about its yesteryears. Take for example its town hall, popularly known as Stadthuys or Red Square. It mirrors the Dutch invasion for almost 183 years. In reference to the above photo, the structure to your right is said to be the oldest remaining Dutch historical building which now serves as the Museum of History and Ethnography.