Jalan Hang Jebat or more popularly known as Jonker Street is the core of the Melaka Unesco World Heritage Site. Jonker Street is a street in historical Chinatown of Melaka starting just across the river from the Dutch Square.
The name Jonker is said to be derived from the word ‘junk’, referring to the Chinese vessels. Jonker Street was the place where different Chinese clans had their clan associations. Among them, the Hokkiens established theirs in 1837, along with the clan associations of the Tan, Lee, and other clans.
Rich Baba Nyonya (also known as Perankans, descendents of 15th – 16th century Chinese immigrants marrying local Malay women) lived and did their business here. Jonker Street is famous today for their night market on every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsake.
Jonker Street the centre street of Chinatown was once renowned for its antique shops. However, today it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants.