Melaka's Historic Heeren Street
The Chinese shop house is a dying breed in the UNESCO World Heritage Chinatown of Melaka, Malaysia. The ones that are left are clustered around Heeren Street, with the best example located at 8 Heeren Street. The two-story building, dating to the 18th century, has been restored into an authentic-style shop house, which serves as a cultural center today. Informational posters, photos, and layers of paint, wood, and tile reveal the renovation process and share the significance of this historic architectural tradition. When finished touring 8 Heeren Street, pop into Joe's Design next door to admire whimsical jewelry made from rare stones, shells, and pearls.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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