During the Dutch Malacca, servants and subordinates of Dutch colonialists used to live at the nearby Heeren Street. However, as the Dutch left, it became noblemen's street. Rich Peranakans started to live and did business within the street area, giving the street a deep-rooted ethnic and cultural flavour.
The road starts from across Melaka River near the Stadthuys. The road is filled with historical houses along its left and right sides dating back to 17th century. It also has shops selling antiques, textiles, foods, handicrafts and souvenirs.
Attractions along and around the streets are:
- Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
- Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
- Hang Jebat Mausoleum
- Hang Kasturi Mausoleum
- Kampung Hulu Mosque
- Kampung Kling Mosque
- Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple
- Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum
- Tamil Methodist Church
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening starting 6 p.m., the street is blocked for traffic and turns into night market.
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