One can really have a feel of its past while wandering around the historical town area of Malacca. Malacca on the west coast of the Peninsula Malaysia was founded in 1402 by Parameswara. Due to its beneficial geographical position, Malacca was the world-wide trade centre at that time, visited by traders and merchants from more than 60 countries all over the world including traders from China, India, Southeast Asia and Arab countries. Historical records reveal that there were more than seventy different languages spoken in Malacca.
Unfortunately, the Malacca Sultanate would not last, as the newly powerful Portugal conquered the kingdom in 1511. Malacca then entered into its colonization era. It was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese in the following years. Jalan Tukang Besi today, which was called Blacksmith Street (sometimes also called Ironsmith Street) during the old days has been witnessing the historical transformation of Malacca.