Jonker Street, nestled in the heart of Chinatown, allures tourists with its flamboyance and charm. Once famous for antique shops, the street has gone on to become one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia.
This street is full of shops, temples, restaurants and various attractions. Some attractions are worth mentioning here.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
This impeccably arranged structure resembles the conventional 19th century residence of Baba Nyonya. One of the landmark destinations among tourists, the museum highlights the traditions and culture of Baba Nnyonya as well as the Chinese- Palladian style townhouses.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
The world famous and oldest shrine in Malaysia, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple upholds the ideologies of three religions; Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Delineated as Merciful Cloud Temple, it was built in the year 1646. People come here to worship the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. Also, the shrine is located close to Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar, the famous Hindu Temple.
Jonker Walk Night Market
An unexpected side of Jonker Street can be witnessed at Jonker Walk Night Market. Spreading its charm every Friday and Saturday night, the market is an organised gamut of stalls owned by polite hawkers. Live music and performances add to the party-like charm while shoppers can indulge in some amazing retail-therapy.
Geographer Cafe – Jalan Hang Jebat
A blend of history and the present, Geographer Cafe is set in a pre-war shop house at the corner of the street in Malacca. Loved for its vibrancy and welcoming ambiance, it enjoys a good volume of tourist footfalls. One of the best places for food lovers, this cafe offers lip-smacking delicacies and drinks, without being too heavy on the pocket.
Xiang Lin Si Temple
Built adjacent to the famous Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, this traditional yet newly constructed shrine practices the principles of Buddhism. Xiang Lin Si Temple is also characterised as Fragrant Forest Temple. A sophisticated shrine with minimal decoration, it is admired as a peaceful place for meditation and worship.
With so much on offer, Jonker Street in Malaysia leaves every tourist with lots of fond memories. One simply can’t resist buying the colourful affordable stuff sold here. Numerous attractions close to the famous street makes it all the more popular.