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Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Bo Kaap Places to see in Cape Town

Bo-Kaap is a name of a place in Cape Town.

It is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill. Bo-Kaap is a historical centre which is also known for its cobble stoned streets.

Bo-Kaap has a museum which was established sometime around the late 18th century. This museum is the oldest house in the locality.

The prominence of the museum is that it throws light upon the rich culture and lifestyle of the early settlers in this region. A vast majority of the population presently residing in the area of Bo-Kaap are the direct descendents of slaves which were imported here by the Dutch settlers during the 16th and 17th century.

These slaves were brought from places like Indonesia, Malaysia and also several African countries. It is for this very reason that the place is even called as Cape Malay Quarter. Another unique feature of this place is the bright colored houses.

There is a Nural Islamic Mosque which was established around 1845. The first mosque was built here in 1794. Islamic culture is still thriving in Bo-Kaap even today. Owing to the over-all development and economic growth of Cape Town and the rich cultural heritage of Bo-Kaap, many tourists arrive here from different parts of the world.

This has by and large boosted tourism business of this place. There are even many people who want to buy a place of their own in Bo-Kaap. Check out the pictures below which show the colourful house in Bo-Kaap.

Bo Kaap in Cape Town Coloured houses

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