In the historical town of Malacca, along Heeren Street which is parallel to the famous Jonker Street, there is a fine example of an olden day two storey building built in the late 18th century - the 8 Heeren Street Melaka. 8 Heeren Street Melaka is a conservation project and initiative by the Badan Warisan Malaysia.
Badan Warisan Malaysia is the leading national heritage non-governmental organization that has, for nearly 30 years, involved in the heritage conservation service in Malaysia. The organization strives to conserve and protect important heritages in Malaysia such as the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay house which is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman was originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, Kedah, a northern state of Peninsular Malaysia, however, it was restored and relocated by Badan Warisan Malaysia in 1997.
8 Heeren Street is a classic example of a two storey building constructed in the mid to late 18th century in the town of Melaka. It exemplifies the typical shop-houses and modest residential structure that was built in Melaka during the colonial era. In the Dutch era, buildings such as 8 Heeren Street are commonly served as shop, residence, stable and animal yard in one. The conservation work on 8 Heeren Street provides a great understanding for visitors to appreciate the colonial era city’s social environment and its heritage.
Visitors taking avisitation through 8 Heeren Street will be transported back to old Melaka; every single detail of 8 Heeren Street, from the time worn tiles to its ventilation system, radiates the true heritage of olden Melaka. Furthermore, informative wall signs and pictures are in place to assist visitors to have an in depth understanding of the building.
Admission to 8 Heeren Street is free but donations for future restoration work are welcome.
A walk through 8 Heeren Street will take one back to old Melaka; essentially every single detail of the house, from tiles to ventilation, radiates the true heritage of olden Melaka. There are informative wall signs and pictures that will assist tourists alike to have a good understanding of the building.
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