Melaka Guide: Art

Jonker Street

Arts & Artists

If Kuala Lumpur is famous with it's Central Market when it came to showcasing the works of local artists, Melaka has it's Jonker Street to be proud of.

Jonker Street , or it's official but rarely used name : Jalan Hang Jebat, is the place where you need to browse patiently around. Chances are high that you may just find a piece or two of 'original works of arts (which are reasonably priced and worth hanging in the office or in your living room

Some even called 'Jonker Street as the new art Mecca of Malaysia.

Jehan Chan Yee Hing

Jehan Chan's Work

One of the most prominent artist in Melaka is Jehan Chan Yee Hing, who has been painting and exhibiting for more than 30 years. Residing in Melaka, he now devotes all his time to painting.

In 1992, Jehan started painting the carps that he reared in his family home. He captured their charm and grace with engaging artistry. Jehan's masterpiece, The Prosperous Carps ' has been counterfeit and copied in varying styles and mediums and still they are no match with the originals.

The Blue River is being priced at USD 5500


Exodus of Artists

A steady stream of artists, potters and other artisans have been settling in Malacca over the last 15 years.It might be that the historical and peaceful side of Melaka has managed to ignite their imagination and creativity.

Other than Jonker Street, you can also find arts at the foothill of St Paul’s Church.Here, three pictures of Malacan landmarks done quickly and on cheap materials can be bought at just RM 10.

Moving deeper into the old quarters of Malacca, you will find yourself looking into the many artists’ studios offering a wonderful array of different artwork. Other refutable artists are Chong Choon Kim and Low who features their works in the many galleries in Jonker Street.

Chong Choon Kim

Chong Choon Kim

Chong Choon Kim, a painter and wood sculptor,  begins his early days as an artist with hard work . Chong is one of the early residents who had managed to buy a place that has now expanded into another new showroom. 

Chong's paintings are of interlocking shapes, which may suggest groups of naked bodies in dim light but with a colourful palette. His wood constructions are found pieces that he transforms to fit a new configuration. If you like the touch and look of wood and also the images of smooth skin and body parts, you will be pleasantly surprised with the works on display in his studios.

The Orang Utan

The owner of ' Orang Utan House'

Charles Cham

Charles Cham’s first ventured into art in the 1990s.

He left his work as an editorial artist with The Star  newspaper to open his own local art shop in  Malacca: The Orangutan House at No. 59, Lorong Hang Jebat. In 1992, Cham added his range of  original T-shirts with popular slogans as well as small recreations of his paintings.  Much of Cham's artistic training has been from France and, informally, from New York. One of his idols,  was the black American graffiti artist Jean-Micheal Basquiat (1960-1988).

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul

Datuk Sim Mow Yu

Chinese educationist Datuk Sim Mow Yu, who was famous for his Chinese calligraphy, died at the age of 96 at his home in Bandar Hilir at 9.15pm yesterday. Sim was brought home in an ambulance by family members at 8pm last night from the Pantai Ayer Keroh Medical Centre.He was admitted to hospital on Dec 26 for illnesses related to old age and was discharged on Jan 21 to allow him to celebrate Chinese New Year at home.

Over the decades, Sim has played a role in almost all aspects of Malaysian life, including politics, education, and culture. In the 1940s, he led resistance against Japanese forces, and was arrested and exiled for his efforts. The 1950s saw Sim come into the forefront of national politics, until his expulsion from the association he helped build in the 1960s as a result of his tireless struggle for recognition of the Chinese language. He went on to stir the Chinese community to action in the 1970s, and was arrested under the Sedition Act. His fight to preserve Chinese education continued through the 1980s, and even saw him spend over a year in jail at age 76.

Throughout the years, Sim has continued to make stunning achievements in working toward his goals especially in bringing back the glory of Chinese calligraphy.

An Artist paints his own nature into his pix

Lists of Art Galleries

  • Orang Utan House (Art Gallery)-59, Lrg Hang Jabat, 75200, Malacca.

  • Perniagaan Thye Loong-36, Jalan Tukang Emas, Malacca.

  • Dillon Art & Decor-44, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca
  • Gold Moon Coins & Curios Trading-76, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca.


sord87 5 years ago

A very nice pics and and a very impressive guide of art.I once known Jonker Street as part of historical attraction of Malacca beside its night market!A good article.gong xi fa cai-keep it up!

Gerard van den Oetelaar 4 years ago

If you visit Melaka, don't forget to visit Malaysia Youth Museum!!

They show a lot of Modern art from the Local artist, and also a 40 paintings from myself. visit my website; WELCOME.

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Shrouds 4 years ago from Malaysia

I managed to stop few times at Bandar Melaka but still lost my way to Jonker Street.I hope to come back soon to see what is in Jonker Street actually.

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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Simply beautiful. I loved it. thank you for sharing.

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Shrouds 2 years ago from Malaysia

you stop writing for good meh!

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    The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. 

    ~William Faulkner

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