Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tun Teja Tomb

Tun Teja TombAfter posting two articles regarding Merlimau Community College and Merlimau Village Headman House, I am going to write on Merlimau Tun Teja Tomb. Located not far away from Merlimau Village Headman House, Tun Teja Tomb is just 5 minutes drive from Merlimau town.

Tun Teja TombWho is Tun Teja ? As far as I know there are two versions of records about Tun Teja. These two records are "Hikayat Hang Tuah" and "Sejarah Melayu". Tun Teja was the daughter of the Bendahara, Sri Amar Diraja of Pahang in 15th century. She was originally engaged to the Sultan of Pahang but finally ended up as the consort of the last Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mahmud Syah.

While retreating with Sultan Mahmud Syah from Portuguese attack in 1511, Tun Teja died in Merlimau on the way to Bentayan of Muar, Johor. She was buried in the padi field in Merlimau Pantai.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Merlimau Village Headman House

Merlimau Village Headman HouseThis distinctive Merlimau Village Headman House added unlimited fascination to the small town of Merlimau in Malacca. Merlimau is located in Jasin District of Malacca State. It's just 24 km away from Malacca city. If you are driving at the speed of 90 km/h from Malacca city through AMJ main road to Merlimau, it takes you 20 minutes to reach your destination.

Merlimau Village Headman HouseThe Merlimau Village Headman House is situated within walking distance from Merlimau town. It was built by Merlimau Village Headman Abdul Ghani in 1894. Abdul Ghani was interested in architecture. He integrated the 19th century architectural style of Malay Peninsula, China and Europe to construct his unique residence. It ended up that now people have the opportunity to appreciate this precious cultural heritage.

Merlimau Village Headman HouseThe general appearance of the Merlimau Village Headman House is same as any Malay traditional house but it's totally different if you take a closer look, especially the beautiful ceramic tile ladder. This extraordinary cement ladder with ceramic tiles is truely different from other states in Malaysia.

Merlimau Village Headman House
In addition to the special ceramic tile ladder, Merlimau Village Headman House also has carving decoration on its pillars, eaves, windows and doors. Nobody answered the door when I paid a visit to Merlimau Village Headman House, otherwise I would take photos of the interior design of the house and share with you.

Since Malacca obtained its World Heritage status in 2008, the Malaysian National Heritage Board instantly allocated funds to repair this once dilapidated village headman house. Undeniable, Merlimau Village Headman House is the best building for researching the traditional Malay buildings. Hopefully the authorities and Abdul Ghani's descendants are able to value and protect it devotedly.