Malaccan Jonker Walk for Art Junkies
by Sofiaghazemy on February 16, 2012
If you happen to drop by the southern region of the Malay Penisula, come by and spend the weekend at Bandar Hilir, Melaka. Learn their distinctinve culture and shop at their very own Chinatown! Jonker Walk/ Jonker Street is famous for its weekend night market that attracts locals and tourists looking for:
* Sculpture (made of wires & recycled materials)
* Street food & beverages (they have Art Bistro too)
* T-shirts (hand printed)
* Accessories (necklaces, rings, key chains, etc.)
* Second-hand goods (clothing, books, paintings, antiques & collector items)
* Chinese opera on a big stage at the end of the street!
It is also addressed after a Malay warrior, Jalan Hang Jebat, "Jalan" means "Street". For those who claimed themselves as an "art junkie," this is definitely the right place to be. Opens on: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 6pm - late.
For those who seek pleasure in the arts, check out these art galleries:
1. The Orangutan House, No. 59 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200
Visit the Orang Utan House – Jalan Tukang Besi (Blacksmith Street) – and buy original art t-shirts from Malacca-born Charles Cham. The Orangutan House is a studio gallery housing contemporary paintings and a large collection of art t-shirts from Charles Cham, the owner himself! He designs t-shirts (from RM20 – $6 – onwards) for his “bread and butter” and later developed his own brand of artworks that may not be as easy to sell as his wearable art.
2. Jehan Chan, 124 Jalan Tan Cheng Lock (Home & Gallery)
Located opposite the Baba House Hotel. Sometimes called the father of Melaka art, Jehan Chan is an example for many of the young artists hoping to make it big in Malacca.
3. Tham Siew Inn, 49, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Tham Siew Inn was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1946 but left Klang, Selangor a few years ago to set up a home, workspace and sales room in Malacca with the help of his two sons. He was awarded Malaysia Watercolour Society Award in 1986 and Silver Award in Hong Kong Bank “Natural Malaysia” competition in 1991.
For those of you who love antiques & collector items, check out these famous antique shops, and don't forget your bargaining skills!
1. K&S Antiques House No. 22, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
2. Klasik No. 25, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
3. Hang Tuah Handicract & Souvenirs No. 27, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
4. Kowloon Antiques Shop No. 38, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
5. Fatimah Antik Stor No. 46, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
6. Malacca Junk Store No. 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
7. Tian Wai Antiques & Aris No. 57 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
8. Abdul Company No. 79, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca & 93 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Malacca