Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Malacca, Malaysia

It's always great to receive officials from friends from the Postcrossing forum - and send to them, too, I actually just pulled an address of a forum member earlier this morning. :) The card below is from the lovely Nurul in Malaysia.


Malacca (dubbed The Historic State or Negeri Bersejarah among locals) is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The capital is Malacca City, which is 148 km south east of Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur, 235 km north west to Johor's largest city Johor Bahru and 95 km north west to Johor's second largest city Batu Pahat. This historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008.

The card here shows a traditional Malacca Malay wooden stilt house with welcoming gesture "tangga batu" staircase. Nurul tells me that the staircase also symbolises the status of the family - the richer you are, the staircase will be very elaborate, with colourful tiles and bigger length staircase!

The stamp on the left is from a set of 8 stamps issued in 2005, depicting Birds of Malaysia. This one here is the Spotted Dove. The other stamp is from a set of 5 stamps issued in 2007, depicting insects.

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