Photo: History plus seafood at Kampung Portugis.

Kampung Portugis (Portuguese Settlement)

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Melaka’s seaside Kampung Portugis is born of her colonial past, settled by a Eurasian community known as Kristang, descendants of the Portuguese who conquered Melaka in 1511. The village itself is unexceptional, but it's interesting to learn a little about this ethnically blended community—and it offers an opportunity to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner by the coast.

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Along with the Malay Kampung Morten on the Melaka River, and Kampung Chetty, home of Hindu Peranakans, this village has been granted a heritage listing, however this has not saved them from nearby rapid development and land reclamation, which has muddied the coastal waters here. Fishing is no longer a viable livelihood and what was once a pretty coastal fishing village has suffered greatly; many residents have ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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