After our trip to Tanjung Kling and Hang Tuah Mausoleum, we chanced upon Hang Jebat Mausoleum. It is amazing… really amazing that our trip to Malacca actually brought us to many places that we didn’t plan to go. It’s as if fate decided it for us… each time we got lost, we would surely ended up in weird and secluded places that has historical value.
See the writing written in Jawi… it says: Makam Hang Jebat. 😀 At first we didn’t know that the place is actually hang Jebat’s Mausoleum. But thank God, I knew how to read Jawi words. I learned how to read it when I was 9 years old when I took interest in Muslim culture. This time, insist my husband to accompany me to go inside of the grave.
I felt as if there’s something pulling and inviting me to go there. 😀 But… unlike Hang Tuah’s Mausoleum… I feel really, really good, serene and calm in Hang Jebat’s Mausoleum. I feel that I could stay there for a very long time, and still feel comfortable in there. Actually, I did stay there for a very long time… almost 1 hour over there… I don’t know why. I just feel… serene and comfortable there… as if nothing could ever harm me when I’m in the Mausoleum.
Hang Jebat Mosoleum is located very near to Jalan Tukang Emas and Jalan Tukang Besi, the place my family was staying. The mausoleum/ tomb of Hang Jebat is located at Kampung Pali, off Jalan Gelanggang in a very small Malacca town. (Near Jonker Street as well)
Hang Jebat was one of the greatest warriors during the Malacca Sultanate (1400 – 1511). He was one of the legendary Hang Tuah’s closet four childhood friends which included Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekiu and Hang Lekir.
When Hang Tuah was unjustly sentenced to death by the Sultan for allegedly having an affair with one of the dayang, Hang Jebat took it upon himself to avenge his friend’s death. He purposely ran amok and seized the palace.
Ironically, Hang Jebat died in the hands of Hang Tuah, who had been safely kept in hiding in the forest and was summoned by the Sultan to defend the palace. Hang Jebat was killed by Hang Tuah in a duel of honour that lasted for 3 days and nights. As a result, Hang Jebat is branded a traitor in life but acclaimed champion of justice in death.
Unlike Hang Tuah Tomb that’s extremely creepy with loads of other deceased who were buried there, Hang Jebat’s Tomb is really, really beautiful and peaceful.
Hang Jebat’s Mausoleum houses his tomb that’s well taken care off with a few more unnamed old tombs surrounding his grave.
I have no idea whose tombs those are, but I’m assuming that it’s Hang Jebat’s family or friends who were laid to rest with him over there.
When I walked inside of the mausoleum…I smell faint scent of roses… yes, roses… instead of the usual Frangipani and Jasmine scent that one could smell in the air of many graveyard.
It occurred to me later on that Hang Jebat’s tomb is visited pretty often by tourists as well as the local who lived around there. And the air was wonderfully perfumed because the entire mausoleum is full of dried rose petals. No matter where you walk, there would be dried rose petals on the ground. Rose petals were generously scattered on Hang Jebat’s tomb, making the place smell like a very relaxing aromatherapy parlor.
How strange it is…while Hang Tuah’s Mausoleum seems to be a ‘harsh’ and scary place, Hang Jebat’s Mausoleum is very peaceful and could actually give you the sense of serenity. I practically feel that I was in a garden, not in a graveyard when I was there. I would definitely visit the place again if I’m, given the chance to do so.
Cleffairy: Hang Jebat’s famous quote was “Raja adil raja disembah, raja zalim raja disanggah” which literally means “A fair king is a king to obey, a cruel king is a king to fight against.