Jonker’s Walk MalaccaPosted on May 03 in Malacca, Malaysia Explorationby ShelynPrint
After a fruitful visit to St. Paul’s Hill, I took a stroll at Jonker’s Walk, an antique heaven for collectors who love hunting for rare stuffs and a shopping paradise for shopaholics who feel lost without buying anything. I wasn’t so keen on shopping. I came to realize that what I achieved from shopping in tourism places was the excitement that lasted only for as long as the trip and 90% of the not-so-useful purchases that stuffed in my limited-space backpack.
A welcome banner to Jonker’s Walk
Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Street, has been around since 1641. Jonker stands for “Jonkheer” or ‘young fellow’, as opposed to the Dutch ‘lords’ or “Heeren” who were living in Heeren House at Heeren Street (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock).
Cheng Ho Museum – Entrance fee was RM10 that stopped me from going in
Old residential houses
Rattan and ceramics shop
It was Friday afternoon but the visitors in Jonker’s Walk were thin on the ground. I wandered on, aimlessly snapping photos of any object that came into my sight until I came across this rattan cane and ceramics shop. I didn’t see any ceramic though, but the mountain-high pile of rattan work caught my eyes. I wonder how are the workers gonna find the specific item with the topsy-turvy shop like this. Nonetheless, it retains its uniqueness of being original and unstructured.
It was interesting to see the masters hand-making the tins just right in front of the shop. We don’t usually see it anymore in the metropolitan city like Kuala Lumpur.
Another specialty shop that sells Chinese traditional items
Temples are commonly found in Malacca town
Orang Utan House – The drawing on the wall was a masterpiece from Charles Cham, a famous local artist from Malacca.
Jonker’s street was no longer just a street that was imbued with the colour of old cultures. A new wave of cafes and craft shops have sprouted on this street, lending it a cultured air of old-meets-new.
An antique bus in the shop, what an artistry idea! I always wanted to put an antique bug in my room but after considering the size of my room, I decided to give priority to my bed.
I spotted this eyes-catching Orang Utan House at Jalan Tukang Besi (Blacksmith Street). The owner of the shop is a Malacca born Chinese, called Charles Cham. His passion in paintings drove him to develop his own brand of artworks and to open this one-of-its-kind studio-gallery that houses a large collection of painted t-shirts.
The t-shirts ranged from RM20 onwards, which are reasonably priced.
The sky turned cloudy after about half an hour walk forcing me to leave the place. Didn’t have a chance to see much of the street. Will definitely come back again with my newly bought Lumix GF1.