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The Traditional Nyonya @ Melaka

Known for the longest period of the Dutch rule of about 183 years, Melaka’s art and architecture were defined by these rulers. Among its other historic architectural sites, the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum and the Malacca Sultanate Palace are some of the most renowned places. Having a great deal of history behind its name, Malacca is popularly known as the unofficial capital of Malaysia!

The strait churns up
porcelain vases, Japanese mortar
onto the crystal calm
of a kampung beach,
Straight ahead lies Sumatra
Behind, the centuries
reminisce on each street
in many tongues,
Old stories,
old anguish.
burn in an oil lamp
brought up to bed each night.

The Strait of Malacca
by Terez Peipins

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