A pedestrian walkway situated along Jalan Hang Jebat and continued along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. Jalan Hang Jebat is previously known as Jonker Street. The walkway till today is still called the Jonker Walk. Jonker Walk is situated at the heart of Melaka town. This street is one of the oldest in town dated back when Dutch conquered Melaka. The name Jonker is Dutch word for ‘Jonkheer’. Jonkheer means prince or master. The street established in Dutch era for lower level of people to live such as servant to the Dutch Officer that live at Hereen Street or now Tun Tan Cheng Lock Street. Historian said that Jonker Street has been here as early at 1641.
Jonker walks also unofficially said to be the Antique Street as many antique shop selling old artifact and antique item here. Two well known pioneer antique dealers here were T.K Kutty and Hj. Abu Bakar. Very well known antique and 2nd hand shop can be found at Nos 25,26 and 55 Jonker Street. Famous Famosa Chicken Rice Shop here, Baba Nyonya Accessories at house no. 39 and 61, Chinese Clan Houses and classic wooden furniture all here.
Jonker Walk administration and activity are under a committee setup by the mainly Chinese community there and the adviser currently is Datuk Wira Gan Boon Leong, a former state assemblymen. Jonker walk night market are in Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7.00pm to midnight. Suitable place for race and bargain item. Need to find colorful wooden clog or traditional Chinese beaded shoe, yes it’s still here.Mr. Lim Chiang Huat still at this territory making the must have shoes of art once wore by Chinese women with bound feet.
Over the past and present community in Jonker Walk still preserved their identity and practice from their heirloom. Now with more colorful modern building paintings, Jonker Walk is an elegant classic a must see for all photographer. More fine picture at flickr.