Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Locals and tourists celebrate second anniversary of heritage listing
In Malacca, the  Malacca as Unesco World Heritage Site anniversary was marked by special thanksgiving prayers at the 17th century Masjid Kampung Keling along Jalan Tukang Emas, followed by a procession of some 60 antique bicycles - led by state Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob - along the famous “Harmony Street” past several landmarks in the heart of the city.
Riding through time: Tun Mohd Khalil participating in a procession of antique bicycles through the heart of the historic city last night. Also taking part in the procession was Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (left) and state leaders who donned traditional costumes of the local communities.

Hundreds of guests later thronged the Independence Memorial to watch a performance held by the Munshi Abdullah Musical Theater, culminating in a fireworks display.
The state had lined up 59 events to commemorate the occasion, including seminars, traditional performances, dances and games and the screening of popular old Malay, Chinese and Indian movies.
News from The Star newspaper.

Malacca World Heritage Core Zone and Buffer Zone

On 7 July, 2008, Malacca was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Interationally recognized as  one of two Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. Within Malacca Town, the World Heritage Site comprises a 38.62 hectare core zone and a 134.03 hectare buffer zone.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Inscription Year: 2008
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

Core Zone

The core zone of the Historic City of Melaka, as mapped out by the nomination file submitted to UNESCO, comprises two sections bisected by the Malacca River. They form the oldest part of Malacca.

On the east side of the river is the Civic Zone. This includes Porta de Santiago, St Paul's Hill, Stadthuys, Christ Church and the various colonial buildings that dates back to the Dutch and British eras, many of which have been restored and converted into museums. 

On the west side of the river is the Residential and Commercial Zone. These comprise the shophouses along Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), the elite residences along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street), and the various places of worship along Jalan Tokong(Temple Street), Jalan Tukang Emas (Goldsmith Street) and Jalan Tukang Besi (Blacksmith Street). In total, there are about 600 properties within this zone, including the cross streets that run perpendicular to the main streets such as Lorong Hang Jebat, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Jalan Hang Lekiu and Jalan Hang Lekir.

Places of Interest within the Melaka UNESCO World Heritage Site

* Sights of considerable significance
** Sights of major significance
·  Christchurch **
·  Dutch Square *
·  Stadthuys **

Location Map of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage Site

This is as close as I can get to mapping out the UNESCO World Heritage Site based on satellite view of the existing buildings in Malacca historic core. Sights within the core zone Sights within the buffer zone Sights outside the core and buffer zones

View Melaka UNESCO World Heritage Site in a larger map

Buffer Zone

A buffer zone surrounds the core zone. It is the area bordered by Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Jalan Kota Laksamana, Jalan Merdeka, parts of Jalan Chan Koon Cheng, the parts of Kampung Banda Kaba. I should point out that the buffer zone on Jalan Kota Laksamana was reclaimed from the sea as late as the fourth quarter of the 20th century. While it provides some "protection" to the heritage row on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, it does not have any properties of "heritage age".

·         Buffer Zones and descriptions courtesy of:

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