A crossroads of cultures; Arnold Loh; Metro News


Malaysia – Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Pearl of the Orient is home to a unique motley mix of heritage

YOU must take a look from high up to know why Malaysia stands out in the world.

The movement of ships, viewed from above, testify to the Strait of Malacca’s status as the longest and busiest natural waterway in the world.

More than 80,000 ships cross the straits every year today and avoiding it means a long detour of several thousand kilometres for ships, across the stormy Indian Ocean off the west of Sumatra.

The straits is a crucial route since antiquity, and it has deeply influenced Malaysia’s cultural heritage.

For thousands of years, Romans and other Europeans were told fantastical tales of pepper, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, silk and other valuable commodities.

 

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