The Stadthuys in Malacca

This Postcrossing postcard came from Malaysia, but has a Dutch ‘background’. It shows the Stadthuys in Malacca, which might well be the oldest remaining Dutch colonial building left in Southeast Asia. It was built shortly after Malacca was captured by the Dutch in 1641 and modelled after the city hall of Hoorn, the Netherlands. That building has long been replaced by a newer buildingStadthuys Malacca (so if you want to know what the old city hall in Hoorn looked like, go to Malacca!). The Stadthuys has seen many changes over time. It was under British rule from 1824, when it was painted salmon red (the exact reason is unknown, though there are a few interesting guesses). It is now a Museum of Ethnography which shows the history of Malacca and its people.

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