The UNESCO World Heritage site of Melaka is steeped in history and has numerous stories that speak volumes about its culture, heritage and inheritance. Melaka which is also written as Malacca in English, was founded by Parameswara, the last king of Singapura, and later was under the colonial powers of Portuguese. The city has a mix of cultures and a rich history which can be experienced at Encore Melaka.
Encore Melaka is a state of the art theatre which offers an immersive performance taking the audience through history, time and space over a period of more than one hour. With a 360 degree rotating audience platform, 240 meter long stage, geometric roof with concaves arcs made of LED panels and multiple built in hydraulic stages, the experience is an awe-inspiring one. 200 local artists perform a virtual reality that takes the audience through Melaka’s history.
The story line begins with ‘Parameswara’, who came here in the 1400s and founded the kingdom of Melaka. It then moves to ‘Cheng Ho’s arrival’ and heritage of the distinctive Baba Nyonya culture. The other interesting story is that of ‘Six Mothers’ from six different races nurturing a son who eventually brings up a harmonious nation. The story of ‘Pregnant Women’ symbolizes the birth of new Melaka and its next generation. The ‘Wau’ scene shows how Awang, a kite maker ensures the traditions of Melaka are carried forward. The final scene showcases the talent, uniqueness and authenticity that Melaka offers to its visitors.
All stories reflect on how the society embraces diversity, multi culturals, tolerance, peace and harmony. The performance also showcases how Melaka has over the years preserved itself through wars and hardship, to evolve into a peace loving land. The narrations of the stories are in English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin.
Monday to Saturday: 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Sunday: 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM
Ranges from MYR 128 to MYR 568 depending on the seat category.
NO.1, Jalan KSB, Impression 8, Impression City @ Kota Syahbandar, Melaka 75200.
It is 3.5 Kms from Jonker street.
P.S.: I was hosted by Encore Melaka on an invitation from Malaysia Tourism board, but opinions are my own.