Melaka is the peacock of Malaysian cities. It's bright, loud, and almost preens with its wealth of homegrown galleries, crimson colonial buildings and showy trishaws.The city’s historic centre was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2008, and since then Melaka’s tourism industry has developed at break-neck pace. Old shophouses and mansions have enjoyed makeovers as galleries and hotels, and Melaka’s kaleidoscope of architectural styles – spanning Peranakan, Portuguese, Dutch and British elements – has been well preserved. Meanwhile restaurants have found a booming audience of weekend visitors, all eager to sample the varied cuisines that have spawned from Melaka's cultural mosaic of residents.
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