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Melaka New Chinatown covers
the streets of Jalan Kee Ann, Jalan Bunga Raya, Jalan Pasar Baru, Jalan
Jawa, Jalan Munshi Abdullah and Jalan Bendahara. These streets are located
to the eastern banks of the Melaka River.
This Melaka New Chinatown Portal and Business
Directory is created to trace & document the history
of Melaka New Chinatown &
her development over the years.At the same time,we hope to encourage
locals and tourists alike to visit & shop in this unique part of Melaka
In the 1900s, new developments were carried along the eastern bank
of the Malacca River. The swampy land on this eastern bank, was developed
into the new commercial area of Malacca Town.The "Central Market" was also
built here in 1905 besides the river. Currently, this area is served by Jalan Bunga
Raya, Jalan Kee Ann, Jalan Kampung Jawa, Jalan Pasar Baru,Jalan Munshi
Abdullah and Jalan Bendahara.
The Central Market
With the "Central Market" built in this area around 1905, commerce grew rapidly
along the streets of Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Kee Ann from 1930's. It
developed gradually into the "New Chinatown of Malacca". The streets were
narrow and are renown for their infamous traffic jams as people flocked
to the Central Market for their daily needs.
Unfortunately, in February 1988, the Central Market was demolished for
re-development which did not materialised. The unique Central Market with
its priceless architectural design was lost forever. To date, the land
which housed this ill-fated Central Market remains undeveloped except as
an open air car park.
Though the demolition of the Central Market was a great loss to the
area, economic activities continued to this present day. Numerous shops
& bazaars along the streets of Jalan Bunga Raya, Jalan Kee Ann, Jalan
Pasar Baru, Jalan Kampong Jawa,Jalan Munshi Abdullah & Jalan Bendahara.
cater for everybody, young and old. You can shop at Madam King's Departmental
Store, Malacca's 1st. Departmental Store or at Khelass Pasaraya,
buy Chinese herbs, sundries, textile, ready-made garments, plastic pots
& flowers, gold jewellery, joss-sticks and even obtain an undertaker's
service from here!
Pasar Malam & Food Fare
At the same time, an open air hawker fair or "pasar malam" is open
every night along Jalan Kee Ann for locals and tourists from 6.00pm until
11.00pm. Visitors can browse & buy watches, VCDs, cassette tapes, pens
or casually watch street vendors selling their wares.
For food lovers, famous eating stalls are abundant. Come & taste
Malacca's fried hor chien, char siew fun, wanton mee, ice cafes, duck mee,
unique chicken rice balls, nonya cakes, satay and many more along Jalan
Bunga Raya and Jalan Kee Ann. A nightly open air eating area is open at
Jalan Kee Ann/Jalan Pasar Baru from 6.00 pm onwards when the tropical heat
Places to Stay
Melaka New Chinatown is served by 5 Star international class hotel
such as Renaissance Hotel and other hotels eg. Mimosa Hotel, Emperor
Hotel, Hotel Orkid, Accordian Hotel, Palace Hotel and others.
Come and experience the truly light, sound,smell & shop around
the "New Chinatown of Malacca".
News Update & Activities
Check out the latest news around Malacca New Chinatown in this column.
Do you know there is a Chartered Taxi Terminal at
the end of Jalan Kee Ann?You can hire these taxis to gor around Melaka
and beyond. For taxi fares, click
Chartered Taxi Terminal at end of Jalan Kee Ann
The streets of Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Kee Ann
have been gaily decorated and lighted up from 15th. January 2003 until
15th. February 2003 for the Chinese New year. During this period, it is
normal to see a rise in business activities at Jalan Kee Ann until the
Eve of Chinese New year.
Melaka New Chinatown lights up for the Year of