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  Malacca was founded by a fleeing prince from Sumatra in 14th century, it developed into a major trading port for ships from India and China. As the Melaka Sultanate flourished, the Portuguese conquered Malacca in 1511. Later the Dutch took over in 1641 until much later the British empire ruled Malacca. The state finally obtained independence with the then "Malaya states" in 1957. Today, one will find many remnants of the glorious past dated back more than 500 years ago.

There are many places of historical value well worth a visit such as Melaka Sultanate palace, St. Paul's Church, A'Famosa, Stadthuys, Bukit China, Cheng Hoon Teng temple and Jonker Walk. Malacca is well-known for its food; Malay dishes include ikan asam pedas, sambal belacan and cencaluk. Malacca is also famous for satay celup. Raw fish and meat are skewered onto sticks which is then cooked in a peanut sauce; this is often sold in individual sticks. Nyonya-Baba cuisine is a fusion of Chinese (mostly southern Hokkien or Fujian influence), Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, British and Malay cooking with most dishes being spicy in nature. Peranakan dishes include Itik Tim (a soup containing duck and salted vegetables), Ayam Pong Teh (chicken casserole with salted brown-bean sauce usually served with potatoes) as well as the famous Nyonya Laksa. Chicken Rice Ball is another dish popular with domestic Chinese tourists. Most of the historical sites and popular cating places are within 5-10 minutes on foot from Kota Lodge Hotel which is also recommended in the "Lonely Planet" and many other tourist guide book.