Just across the Malacca River from the Dutch Square (commonly known as the red building) is the historical chinatown of Malacca. With its small narrow roads with both sides flanked with heritage houses dating back to the 17th century. Walking along these streets promises you the feel of the old world charm.
The name ‘Jonker’ originates from the Dutch language Jonker Straat which means Nobleman Street, though some websites claims that Jonker is a Dutch word that refers to servant. Nevertheless, today Jalan Hang Jebat or Jonker Street, is a famous trading street selling antiques, handicrafts and souveniers.
Doing the Jonker Walk is no ordinary feat. If you think you can explore it in one hour, think again. Although the ‘Jonker Street’ per say is just a street filled with souvenier shops, it is a shame if you do not explore the neighbouring streets around the chinatown.
One of the attraction is the Hang Jebat Mausoleum. It is believed to be the old burial site for the Malay warrior Hang Jebat.
What we love about doing the Jonker Walk is exploring the many cafes and restaurants around the area. Located in the middle of the Jonker Street is the infamous Geographer Cafe. Its strategic location allows you to have a break right in the heart of Jonker Street.
For the lens lovers, doing the Jonker Walk will not leave you empty handed. There are many beautiful heritage houses nicely kept. While most have transformed these buildings into places of business, there are some still being home to others.
Here is another mausoleum of a famous Malay warrior, Hang Kasturi. It is quite hidden in between the shops.