Heeren Street

Many people are not aware that the Dutch Village area is on Heeren Street (now called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock) and Jonker Street (aka Jonker Walk). Heeren Street or Heerenstraat means ‘First Class Gentleman Street’ in Dutch, so obviously the rich stayed on this street.

By the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Dutch homes on Heeren Street were taken over the wealthy Straits-Chinese (Babas and Nyonyas), a community of mixed Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage, and presently, those townhouses are converted into boutique hotels, private museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes for tourism.

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