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A tricky balance between tourism and heritage

The hipsters and hotel towers have arrived, but there is still charm to spare

Flowers in front of the Anglican Christ Church (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

MELAKA, Malaysia "Fun" is a subjective concept, as can be "culture." And though "heritage" is a debatable term, too, it at least can be quantified by the range and antiquity of buildings and monuments of a place.

Is it "fun" to cruise through a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a garish Pokemon- or Hello Kitty-themed trishaw that is blaring Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" as it is pedaled down a cobbled street toward the ruins of a 16th century church?

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