Week 35: Outside Looking In

On a recent walking tour of Malacca, Malaysia, we took off our shoes and entered historic homes in a historic village within the city. As continued our walk, we passed this home with its ornate gate. I was on the outside looking in. The home, in the village of Kampung Morten, is a traditional Malay design being preserved under Malacca’s Preservation and Conservation Enactment. Eighty-five homes, including 52 Melaka (a second spelling) traditional dwellings, make up the village within the city. The government provides the villagers with funds and assistance to ensure the village remains in its natural form. It’s historical designation has made the village a tourist attraction, boosting the tourism in this city of half a million people.

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