Melaka and George Town are two Malaysian historic cities of the Strait of Malacca with more than 500-year long history of trading between East and West. Melaka, the today’s capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca was in the 15th and 16th centuries the center of the Malay world and the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate. When it was overtaken by Portuguese in the 16th century, centuries of colonization started. The influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rulers is evident in the city’s architecture. George Town, on the other hand is the capital of Penang state in Malaysia. It was founded by a trader of the British East India Company as a base for the company in the region. Its style and architecture represents the influence of the British at the end of the 18th century. To this day, George Town retained many colonial-era shop houses and is often regarded as an architectural gem.