Jonket Street, Or Jalan Hang Jebat, might be the most famous street in Melaka as it houses the famous Jonker Walk that appeals horde of vacationers from every corner of the world. But another street running parallel to the Jonker Street Melaka has much richer architectural charisma and captivating history. Heeren Street Melaka or Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock is one of the must visit places in Malacca.
Heeren Street Melaka
Heeren Street Melaka also sometimes called Herren and called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock is an interesting tourist attraction in Melaka. It has several small museums that also sell their collections and illustrate historical architecture which tell the colonial stories of the town.
It was called Heeren Street by the Dutch; while the Chinese call it Holland Street till today. This shows the multicultural character of the street. It was also nicknamed as the “Millionaires’ Row” as most of the Chinese rich and millionaires of the wealthy period resided on this street.
The street was renamed Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock after Malaysia independence, in memory of the Founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association. Their ancestral home remains at No 111. Several of the other millionaires’ ancestral homes have been refurbished by their wealthy descendants and still remain today along this same street.
Things to See
The various things to see on Heeren Street are mentioned below:
No 8 Heeren Street
The Heeren Street has many attractions for tourists in Melaka, for instance history enthusiast certainly will not miss No. 8 Heeren Street Heritage Centre in Melaka. This is a small and important part of Melaka history; a fine example of a late 18th century two-storey building. This shop house was restored in response to a recommendation from the United Nation and it’s been done with original materials where possible.
It was built around the 19th century. No. 8 Heeren Street Melaka was built in the Dutch colonial control of Malaysia at that time. No. 8 Heeren Street in the silence gives a lot of information about the various buildings, structures, as well as the division of space in the house at the time. The front of the house serves as the store, and just behind the store is a living room. In writing, the building is owned by Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Trust. In the middle of the building, there is a sort of open space where you can find a well as old. This well is a testament to the influence of Chinese architectural styles in Melaka.
Another old building located in the Heeren Street is Hotel Puri. It was first built in 1822 and later was bought over by Tan Kim Seng in 1840. The Hotel was then rebuilt by Tan Jiak Choo, grandson of Tan Kim Seng in 1876. All these times have left its mark in the hotel and it is a must see place when you visit this historical street.
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Hang Kasturi Tomb
Hang Kasturi Tomb is another remarkable architecture located on Heeren Street Melaka. In The History of Malay, narrated that the Hang Place a rebel and had exchanged with the Hang Tuah. This differs slightly from the version contained in Hang Tuah who said Hang Jebat who rebel against the Sultan of Melaka.
There are informative wall signs and pictures, and just wandering throughout the street allows you to understand a little better and to catch a glimpse of Old Melaka. No fees, but if you choose to make a donation you know it will aid future restoration work.
Heeren Street is popular in Melaka as it was popular in the old days. It is one of the recommended places to visit in Melaka as well, if you’re into history. If you have visited this famous street in Malacca and would like to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.