Golden Chersonese Peninsula


The Malayan Peninsula was divided into various small kingdoms, influenced by Indo-China or Indonesian kingdoms. In the 16th century, Ming expeditions from China visited the archipelago and set up trading contacts with Melaka, a Moslem kingdom on the Golden Chersonese Peninsula. They also left behind Chinese communities who adopted local customs and created a unique peranakan or baba culture. This culture was a blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian customs.



Baba with overt Malay                              Baba with overt Chinese

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Later, Portuguese, Dutch, Spaniards and English traders also came to set up their trading colonies which added further to the rich cultural mix.