Learning about our Fight for Independence
This time around for our trip to Melaka, I wanted to show my sons the historical side of Melaka. That was one of the reason, we chose the Imperial Heritage
. It’s walking distance to this places. We started at my old school. The St. Francis Institution, one of the oldest school in Malaysia. Show my kids where my class was located and where we assembled. Later we took a walk to the Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan or Proclamation of Independence Memorial.
The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was a Dutch Colonial Mansion. It used to be the Malacca Club, a clubhouse for the British Expatriate when the British ruled Malaysia. It was later converted into the Memorial depicting the Malaysian road to Independence.
There are lots of artifact from the early Malaysia Sultanate till to date. You will see the progress of Malaysia leading to its Independence.
The first display you will see is a diorama of Proclamation of Independence at the Melaka Field. The scene where our first Prime Minister stood on an open car to the then Melaka Field, where the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is located now.
Then you walk through different section of the different era in Malaysia from the Portuguese Colonization, Japanese Occupation till the present day. Towards the end of the museum there are pictures of past Prime Ministers and their achievements.
The Memorial is worth a visit especially if you have school going kids. They can immerse in the various displays and artifacts which is divided into different section. A great cool educational way to get out of the sun. As it’s air conditioned. And the entrance is free. As most of the artifacts is of historical significance, younger kids will be very bored. Like my secone son.
Address :- Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jalan Parameswara, Melaka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca
After the Memorial we went to the Melaka Sultanate Palace.