The Portuguese settlement in Ujong Pasir is home to the Kristang (Serani) community in Melaka. The community is the descendants of the early Portugal settlers who intermarried with the Indians in Goa and then assimilated with the Malays in Malacca. Goa is also a Portuguese colony besides Malacca. Kristang community are Catholics, hence they celebrate Christmas.
This settlement is the center of the Kristang community. There are food courts, churches and museums located within the settlement. In addition to that, the place also held performances such as Portuguese cultural dance and cultural to attract the tourists. However, even without the performances, the place is still interesting to visit. Plus, the visiters can eat and drink while watching the sun sets at the Melaka Straits.
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Daily: 24 hours
Daily: 4.00 p.m – 12.00 a.m
There is no entrance fee.
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The area felt more laid back than the rest of Melaka, which is already pretty laid back. Even the traffic was slower. It was nice to see people just pottering along instead of powering into blind corners. Lots of the streets were decorated and many houses had lights and statues in their front yard.
When you are in Malacca and are hunting for seafood to sample, ask any Malaccan and more often than not they will recommend the ones in Ujong Pasir-Portuguese Settlement. In fact, if you ask me, my answer will be the same. The laid-back village is not only famous for its stunning Christmas decorations during the month of December, it is synonymous with glorious spread of seafood for tourists who flock to Malacca. If you have not raised your fork and spoon here, it means you have not visited Malacca.
One thing that should not missed when visiting Melaka is a visit to the Portuguese Settlement, even if it is to just catch the sunset. The sunset boasts one of the most beautiful views in Melaka...
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