Old Maps of Bukit Cina

Then and Now

Downtown Melaka

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16th Century

A Proposed Town Plan by the Portuguese


It can be seen that the area of the now Bukit Cina town area was full of vegetation.  Also notice that a canal is running north of the fort which is now parallel to Jalan Temenggong.

The Portuguese also planned to build another fort from Kampung Jawa to the base of Bukit Cina (the hill).


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Notice that within the area of Bukit Cina this exhibition is covering has one main road, Jalan Bunga Raya. At the south end of that road is a spur what is now Jalan Temenggong which ends at Lorong Bukit Cina.  There is also a marked area called Kampung Jawa.


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By 1850, we have the first clue that Mill Road was the former name of Jalan Temenggong.  The entire Jalan Bukit Cina and Lorong Bukit Cina was then referred to as Lorong Bukit Cina.  So, besides the word Kampung (or Kampong), Lorong was adopted by the British.

At the junction of Mill Road and Bunga Raya Road is a marker for Market, this is not Little India.

At the east end of Lorong Bukit Cina is a marker for a Police Station.  This site is contested by Encik Mokhtar bin Haji Ali (read his version…).  At the end of that road on the hill is marked “Old Military Well” which is now considered as Hang Li Po’s Well.

Curators’ Notes

Downtown Melaka is vibrant with a healthy mixture of old and new traditions and culture of sorts.  Businesses of many generations with young blood are infused. 


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By this time, Jalan Kee Ann and Jalan Jawa is added to the infrastructure in Kampung Jawa.  At the bend of Jalan Kee Ann is a structure for a cinema.  See our Cultural Map of the area to view what it is right now.

Along Jalan Bunga Raya is a structure marked a mosque.  This could be the current location of the Madrasah Assayyid Abdul Aziz Makkdan,

Off Jalan Bunga Raya is a lane leading to “The Anglow Theater Hall”.  Could this be the current site of Ibis Hotel?

But, the largest structure marked is the proposed extension of the Melaka railway cutting across Jalan Kee Ann, north of Jalan Jawa, and Jalan Bunga Raya.  If that plan came into fruition, Bukit Cina now could have been developed into a different town.


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By 1936, Bukit Cina area is now further developed into what we recognized today.

The proposed railway line is no longer feasible.

A public market is established in Kampung Jawa where a mall now stands. Newcome Road was Jalan Munshi Abdullah, however only half way up to Jalan Bunga Raya.

Jalan Bendahara was built under the name of Wolferstan Road.  Mill Road is extended into Eagerton Road, combined we now call Jalan Temenggong.

Capitol Theater was established.  Read memories of it as related by Raja Jan and Ismail bin Maarof.


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In 1962, Jalan Munshi Abdullah (formerly Newcome Road) extended to Jalan Bendahara (Wolferstan Road).  However, there is a proposed land marked to extend this road through to the trunk road to the South of the country.

Also note that Lorong Bukit Cina is already divided to Lorong Bukit Cina and Jalan Bukit Cina (Bukit Cina Road).

The Military Well is now the site of a Chinese Temple.  The General Market in Kampung Jawa is now named Municipal General Market


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By 1980, all the names are Malaysianised to what we recognise to what it is today, except for a couple of roundabouts.

If you have more stories to add, please visit our Cultural Map of Bukit Cina and click on the particular area you want to contribute.

Downtown Melaka

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