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Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

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Sights and Museums, Other, History Museum, Company
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71 Wale Street, Cape Town, South Africa
021 481 3939
http://www.iziko.org.za/
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it is the most colorful place in the city. it is close to waterkant area. i suggest to go there in the daylight, otherwise you miss all the beauty

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New York City

The most colorful section of town, Bo Kaap is a largely Muslim section of town where all are welcome.

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Local from Cape Town

The most colorful place in the city bowl and home to the Cape Malay. This is not only a vibrant sight to see but also a wonderful street to soak up the sun and learn more about the history of Cape Malay culture and community.

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San Francisco

The brightly colored buildings of Bo-Kaap are an easy site for you to check off of your to-do list in Cape Town, plus it's free. You are likely to encounter some panhandlers in this area, so just go in being prepared for people asking you for money.

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Cape Town

A wonderful, vibrant neighbourhood. This is just 2 blocks from the apartment.

Be sure to go during the week (there aren't so many people around on weekends).

Perfectly fine to walk around and take pics of the gorgeous houses. There are also some walking tours or even cooking tours if you're interested.

Keep an eye out for Atlas Spices on Wale Street.

And also for MonkeyBiz - a beading co-operative on Rose Street. I love their strange-looking animals and dolls, but I guess they're not everyone's taste. But the money goes to the actual beaders, so they're a great way to support the community.

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Kuala Lumpur

A township that is the historical centre for the Cape Malays, it is a lovely place to visit - not only to see the colourful homes, but to learn about the history of the Cape Malay community in Cape Town.

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Newbury

it is the most colorful place in the city. it is close to waterkant area. i suggest to go there in the daylight, otherwise you miss all the beauty

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Local from Cape Town

Its a historical spot in the Mother City and and many of the locals appreciate it for its legacy and sheer colourful nature. And from the food point of view you have one of the best spice shops right there - Atlas Trading Company. Its well worth a visit.

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London

Vibrant and atmospheric, lovely colourful houses on cobbled streets and lots of friendly, smiley people.

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Johannesburg

Great area to visit and stay.....excellent guest houses, great restaurants and lots of entertainment!'

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Local from Cape Town

The Bo-Kaap is one of the most historical areas in Cape Town. With roots in Cape Town's slavery era, this was where freed slaves were accommodated.
Overtime, the Bo-Kaap grew to become a muslim area. That was mainly due to the fact that many slaves were 'imported' from Islamic regions (such as Indonesia). Slaves from other parts of the world often joined the Islam rather than Christianity (which was seem as the religion of the oppressor).

Today, the Bo-Kaap - with its colourful facades - is still a predominantly muslim neighbourhood, and home of many spice shops, historical mosques, and great restaurants. It is a very friendly area, where people are proud of their heritage and where they come from. Visit the Bo-Kaap museum to find out more about the role of slavery in the Cape, and how it still influences the present.

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Also known as the Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap is a hillside neighborhood historically inhabited by Muslim descendants of slaves from SE Asia. It boasts some very buildings, quaint streets and great views over Cape Town.

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A great neighbourhood to take photographs, depicting our ancestral roots

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