ARTICLES: Culture and the City


MACC Summer School: Making a journey to the past, present and future of the city

MACC Summer School: Discovering the Past, Present and Future of Melaka

Learning is fun. But when it comes to history, some of us might yawn or give a long sigh. But why do people respond that way? The answer is simple; some may think it’s irrelevant to them. If people view history as a collection of events in the past that are unrelatable, people will end up forcing themselves to memorize historical facts instead of understanding the meaning and impacts of the historical events. But, if we see history as a real story about real people in a real world, it makes history more engaging and exciting.
So, how do the historical elements of Melaka relate to our present lives? Today, we are living in a borderless world that is also known as global village. Hence, in most countries, melting pot society is not a remote way of living. Melting pot is not a new concept for Melaka. The city which was once a powerful trading state had built trade partnerships with China and traders from around the world, including the Middle East. This has led to mash of cultures hence the birth of Peranakan and Protuguese communities in Melaka. The present day of Melaka reflects these historical elements through culture, heritage, arts, buildings and foods. The uniqueness of these elements becomes the factors for tourism destination today.
With experiential learning in MACC Summer School, participants will discover more about the past, present and future of Melaka as world heritage city by exploring the historical sites and heritage places. Log on and register to MACC Summer School now.


MACC Summer School: Cruising through the memories of the city


MACC Summer School: The Existence of a City depends on Memory

Lewis Mumford (1961) mentioned that the existence of a city depends on memory. The term memory here is not simply remembering stories, tales or myths of a city but it is the collective impressions of formation, change and development of a city. Whereas, the term urban memory refers to urban history and culture and the identity of the city as well.

Modern cities face rapid renovation and this has more or less created the problems of thousands of cities. However, with the protection of urban historic buildings, this becomes a breakthrough point for solving these problems. Historic buildings become the main element of urban memories which constitute city styles and features. This allows historical buildings to exist.

Melaka historic buildings co-exist with modern buildings such as malls, office buildings, hospitals etc. Amidst the modernity of this city, one will be able to walk through the diversity of its unique culture and embrace its past during the Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial expansion. Some countries would decide to erase those years of being colonized as it brings back painful memories but those centuries were significant to the growth of Melaka city. All memories, good or bad make what the city is today.

Participants of MACC Summer School will ride through these centuries with Melaka River Cruise Ride. Not only will the participants create their own memories, they will also understand more on the dynamics of Melaka city urban memory. Join us now at MACC Summer School programme.


MACC Summer School: Learning about heritage and communities


MACC Summer School: Illuminating the Heritage and Community of Melaka City

Why is it important for us to learn and understand about heritage and community? Because it is important to learn that culture, history, art, and music are not just created by historical figures or famous people. Culture is created in everyday’s life by all of us in our various communities, whether in our families, our schools, our neighborhoods, or in ethnic, occupational, or other kinds of groups. MACC Summer School will bring the participants to engage with real-world experiences and connect them with local communities—in ways that would enrich their learning experience. In addition, participants will understand more the elements that shape the culture and traditions of the communities.

Learning about heritage and communities on site will enable the participants to discover the rich and often diverse traditions around them and make valuable connections to history, place, and environment. They will have more in depth understanding of the culture by connecting to the communities—and by interacting with the locals such as craftspersons, musicians, storytellers, artisans, and experts in local history.

Interested to experience and learn more about the heritage and community of this world heritage city? Get more information about the programme at MACC Summer School or contact us for more information.


MACC Summer School: Understanding diversities of cultures


MACC Summer School:  I came, I saw, I learn

Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) was said by Julius Caesar after he achieved a victory in the Battle of Zela. In MACC Summer School programme, the only thing you will conquer is your mind where you will have the experience of expanding your knowledge and open up your horizon on history, culture, heritage and community of Melaka city.

But knowledge is futile if one does not practice it or share it with the world. Funny thing about knowledge is, the more we share, the more we will gain from it. The experiential learning in MACC Summer School programme is not only based on presentations by the facilitators but also first-hand experience of learning the culture of the city by interacting with the locals, witnessing the historic buildings and remnants of Dutch and Portuguese periods and much more. The city tells its stories, the participants listen and learn. But at MACC Summer School we believe that everyone has a story to tell. Hence, participants not only get to ask questions, discuss but also tell the story of Melaka city from their point of views. How do they feel about the city? How is it different from their countries? What makes the city special to them?

If you want to be part of “I came, I saw, I learn”, join MACC Summer School Programme now. Contact us for more information about the programme.  


MACC Summer School: Where history, legends and myths meet


MACC Summer School: Myth into History or History into Myth – Melaka’s Sultanate Palace

Facts are an integral part in history. When it comes to history, we need facts as evidence to prove a statement. But sometimes, myths are needed  to explain the unexplained. Myths are derived as words of mouth through a story form, from generation thoughts and beliefs.

Melaka, Malaysia is rich with its history and legends. The history shows the colonization of Portuguese, British and Dutch have influenced and changed the culture of Melaka today. At the same time, Melaka is bestowed with its well known legends and myths of Hang Tuah and Puteri Gunung Ledang during the time of Melaka’s Sultanate.

Both of these precious history and legends are well-preserved in the Melaka Sultanate palace museum. Not only that, the museum ‘s architecture is a wonder by itself. First, the construction’s design of the palace is identical to the Minangkabau influence. Second, it focuses on the complexity of wood carvings with local floral and plant motives. It can be found on the palace walls and columns. Third, the constructions materials consist of local timber such as Cengal, Resak, Nyatoh and Berlian. Lastly, and the most unique part of the museum is the palace which was built without the use of any iron nails.

With experiential learning in MACC Summer School, participants will travel into the past while exploring the Melaka’s Sultanate palace museum. Participants of MACC Summer School will get to know more of the history and legends of Melaka. Join us and register at MACC Summer School now.


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