Malaysian Architectural Identity

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Identity of the Malaysian Architecture ABSTRACT Having a national identity seems to be a must for many countries that have either recently become independent or to emphasize leadership or certain race as 'better ' than others. For most countries, this is an important event because it has strong political implications. Architecture as an art is the most conspicuous of all the arts and technology produced by humans since the early stages of mankind. In multicultural countries, seeking national identity is one of the most difficult tasks, the effort is even more so. To search for one 's identity is also something that is strange because it implies that one has either lost his identity or have no clue about who the person he is.…show more content…
Without any doubt, the colonial masters in the past apparently imposed their influence on the architectural development of the nation. In addition, Malaysia is a multiracial nation with a population mostly made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other smaller communities. Therefore, its architectural development is largely influenced by different cultures. The migration of Chinese and Indians in colonial times was influenced by the determination to seek economic status and political role. Culture, customs and traditions of these immigrants have an impact on local architecture of the developing nation. Many foreign cultural legacy and heritage that exists in the colonial period has left a great influence on the development of national culture and heritage and are clearly visible on the buildings all across the country which remains to this day. (M Rasdi…show more content…
These styles were altered according to the architecture influence of Malay, Classical Portuguese, Dutch, English and Chinese to suit the tropical climate of the geographical area. Since 15th Century, when Chinese merchants came to the Straits Settlement of Malacca, they had brought in Straits Eclectic styles. Besides, the British architecture was also altered to cope with the tropical climate and combined with the influence of Malay, European, Portuguese and Dutch. It has created a unique style in urban architecture, such as shophouses and terrace houses.(N Hidayahtuljamilah

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