As you walk around the historical sites on the Dutch Malacca Heritage trail, you’ll notice a fusion of influences in its architecture. So, looking for specifically Dutch influences can be like playing detective. However, there are often tell-tale signs of such influences, and if you look around the inside and outside of the buildings, you might find:

1. Gevelanker

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These are wall-anchors used to connect a brick wall to a timber frame to the structural timber.

2. Sleutelstuk


Known to us as consoles, these act as a truss for wooden beams.

3. Dutch-style earthern bricks

Most of the houses in Kampung Belanda were constructed using Dutch-style earthern bricks made locally. These rectangular bricks are about the same size as modern construction bricks except that the Dutch bricks were much flatter.

4. Dutch floor tiles


Early Dutch floor tiles were rectangular or squarish earthern slabs, usually red in colour.

5. Steep staircases

Photo: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/Wikimedia Commons

Steep staircases are common in old Dutch buildings found in the Netherlands and its colonies, including Malacca.

6. Dutch-style windows


These are simple two-panelled wooden windows typically found in Dutch buildings.