MALACCA

Melaka, Where It All Began

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Back in the 15th century, Melaka was one of Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports. Over time it lost favour to Singapore, but this slowdown in trade protected much of the ancient architecture of the state capital, Melaka City, from falling foul of development.

The historic centre was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, kick starting a decade of renewal. Modern Melaka swaggers once more, with visitors pouring in to experience the bustling weekend night market, heritage architecture and famously glitzy trishaws.

 

Malacca- Historical & Attractions Places

A Famosa

A Famosa was a Portuguese fortress located in Melaka, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today.

In 1511, a Portuguese fleet arrived under the command of Afonso de Albuquerque. His forces attacked and defeated the armies of the Malacca Sultanate. Moving quickly to consolidate his gains, Albuquerque had the fortress built around a natural hill near the sea. Albuquerque believed that Malacca would become an important port linking Portugal to the Spice Route in China.

The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch drove the Portuguese out of Malacca. The Dutch renovated the gate in 1670, which explains the logo “ANNO 1670” inscribed on the gate’s arch. Above the arch is a bas-relief logo of the Dutch East India Company.

The fortress changed hands again in the late 18th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napoleon’s expansionist France. The English were wary of maintaining the fortification and ordered its destruction in 1806. The fort was almost totally demolished but for the timely intervention of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, who was sent on sick leave from Penang to Malacca in 1807. It was Captain William Farquhar, tasked with the destruction of the fort and town, who decided to save two of the gateways to the fort, including the Santiago Gate, as well as the stadthuys, church and jail.

Address: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple (Chinese: 青云亭, which means Temple of Green Cloud) is a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. It is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia.

The Cheng Hoon Teng is situated close to Jalan Tukang Emas, also known as “Harmony Street” because of its proximity to the Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple.

The richly decorated Cheng Hoon Teng temple covers an area of 4,600 m2.

Featuring a magnificent main gate along Jalan Tokong, the Cheng Hoon Teng temple consists of a complex of several prayer halls, with a large main prayer hall dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin. Additional smaller prayer quarters were added later. One of these is dedicated to the Buddhist gods of wealth, longevity and propagation, while another houses ancestral tablets.

One of the most dramatic features of Cheng Hoon Teng temple is the seven-metre red flag-pole facing the left wing of the main prayer hall, which houses the remains of two of the three Kapitans who contributed to the construction of the temple. Across the road is a traditional opera theatre, which forms a part of the Cheng Hoon Teng temple complex.

The building conforms to the principles of feng shui. The complex is laid out to ensure a view of the river and high ground on either side.

Address: 25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia Phone: +606 282 9343

Christ Church

Christ Church is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Melaka. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia.
The Dutch conquest of Malacca from the Portuguese Empire in 1641 saw the proscription of Roman Catholicism and the conversion of existing churches to Dutch Reformed use. The old St. Paul’s Church at the summit of St. Paul Hill was renamed the Bovenkerk (Upper Church) and used as the main parish church of the Dutch community.

In 1741, in commemoration of the centenary of the capture of Malacca from the Portuguese, the Dutch burgher community decided to build a new church to replace the ageing Bovenkerk. The foundation stone was laid by the Malacca born Captain of the Malacca Burghers, Abraham de Wind, on behalf of his father, Claas de Wind, a prominent Burgher who had been the Secunde (Deputy Governor) of Malacca. The church was completed 12 years later in 1753 and replaced the Bovenkerk as the primary Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Malacca.

With the signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, possession of Malacca was transferred to the British East India Company and in 1838, the church was re-consecrated with the rites of the Church of England by Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta and renamed Christ Church. The maintenance of the church was taken over by the Government of the Straits Settlements in 1858.

Originally painted white, the church and the neighbouring Stadthuys building was painted red in 1911 and this distinctive colour scheme has remained the hallmark of Malacca’s Dutch-era buildings since.

Address: Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka
Phone: +60 6-333 3333

Hang Li Poh’s Well

The Hang Li Poh’s Well (Malay: Perigi Hang Li Poh), also known as King’s Well, is a historical water well situated in Bukit Cina (English: Chinese Hill | Chinese: 三宝井), Melaka. It is the oldest water well in Malaysia.

The well is one of three wells within the area and thus the area’s Chinese name 三宝井, which means the three precious wells. The second well has been covered with road laid atop of it while the third well is within a private land but fell into disrepair.

The well was built in 1459 by the followers of Hang Li Poh as the main water source in the town. After conquering Malacca in 1511, the Portuguese secured the well and used it as their main water source supply. After conquering Malacca in 1677, the Dutch surrounded the well with solid brick walls to protect the well.However, during the British period, they neglected the well and let it fall into despair.

Today, the well is no longer used as a water source but a wishing well instead. It is said that if you drink the water of the well or throw a coin into the well, you will either marry a Malaccan (or the modern version is you will return to Melaka again one day).

Address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka

Jonker Walk

The Jonker Walk (Chinese: 雞場街) is the Chinatown street of Melaka located along Jonker Street (Malay: Jalan Hang Jebat). It is a very popular historical street in Melaka.

The road starts from across Melaka River near the Stadthuys. The road is filled with historical houses along its left and right sides dating back to 17th century. It also has shops selling antiques, textiles, foods, handicrafts and souvenirs.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6 pm till midnight, the street is blocked for traffic and turns into a very popular night market. As such, traffic can be very congested with limited parking and it is recommended to use a ridesharing service like Uber or Grab to get there.

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

St Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church is a historic church building in Melaka that was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

It is located at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill and is today part of the Melaka Museum Complex comprising the A Famosa ruins, the Stadthuys and other historical buildings.

The original structure was a simple chapel built in 1521 dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of the Annunciation). The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho, as an act of gratitude following his escape from a storm in the South China Sea.

The chapel was deeded to the Society of Jesus in 1548 by the Bishop of Goa, João Afonso de Albuquerque, with the title deeds received by St. Francis Xavier. The chapel was then further enlarged in 1556 with the addition of a second floor, and a belfry tower was added in 1590. The chapel was then renamed the Igreja de Madre de Deus (Church of the Mother of God).

With the conquest of Melaka by the Dutch in 1641, the church was reconsecrated for Dutch Reformed use as St. Paul’s Church also known as the Bovernkerk or High Church. The church remained in use as the main church of the Dutch community until the new Bovenkerk (better known today as Christ Church Melaka) was completed in 1753.

When the British occupied Melaka in 1824, the church was used as a powder magazine and was allowed to deteriorate further.

Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka

Stadthuys

The Stadthuys (an old Dutch spelling, meaning city hall) is a historical structure situated in the heart of Melaka.

The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor.

Situated at Laksamana Road, beside the Christ Church, the supposed oldest remaining Dutch historical building in the Orient, is now home to the History and Ethnography Museum. Among the displays in the museum are traditional costumes and artifacts throughout the history of Malacca, which makes it Malacca’s premier museum.

Address: Bandar Hilir

 

*from: https://www.tourismmelaka.com/


Malacca, Malaysia

About Malacca

Malacca is a place where many culture meet and fused. One of the most pronounced influence is the Portuguese architectural that one can see around Malacca. When the Portuguese came in 1511, they built a fort overlooking the river, and named it A Famosa. It was built to maintain the Portuguese stronghold across the Far East, to date it is one of the oldest European Architerure present in South East Asia. Besides, The Portuguese Square is also a place to enjoy the Portuguese culture within Malacca. Its located 20 minutes from Malacca town, within the Portuguese Settlement in Ujong Pasir. The square is facing the sea where you can catch a hearty Portuguese food while enjoying the sea breeze.

Apart from Portuguese influence, there is also Chinese descendant's settler that have adopted into the local Malay culture through intermarriage, forming the distinct Baba and Nyonya flavours. Be sure to visit Baba and Nyonya Heritage Musuem to view the unique carving of furniture and house interior. As mentioned earlier, Malacca is a place where many culture meets. The Stadthuys, which means the Municipal Town Hall in Dutch, and it's the biggest and oldest Dutch building in Southeast Asia, located in the Malacca Town Square. It was built when the Dutch took over Malacca from the Portuguese and it took nearly 20 years to completion where the building materials are imported from Netherlands.

If you are an antic lover, Jonker Street will be a perfect place for you. It's pleasant for a slow stroll where you can get delicious local delicacies, Nyonya fashions and shoes as well as cafes and pubs. There are also a few Baba and Nyonya style accommodation in Jonker Street, where you can truly experience the living of the 'Peranakan', example, The Baba House. Otherwise, there are plenty of hotels around Malacca. Other attractions of Malacca include Marine Musuem and Zoo Malacca.

 

Malacca- Attractions & Historical Places

Islamic Museum Malacca

Address: Jalan Kota, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 09:00 hrs - 17:30 hrs (Daily, Closed on Monday)

Location

The Islamic Museum of Malacca is located at a building along Jalan Kota. The building which houses the museum now used to be the office of the Islamic Council of Malacca (Majlis Agama Islam Melaka-MAIM). The Islamic Museum of Malacca is not difficult to find as it just a stone throw's away from the famous Porta de Santiago or A Famosa.

Overview

The Islamic Museum of Malacca was set up not solely for the purpose of exhibiting documents and artefacts pertaining to the Islam religion but also to serve as a center to research on how Islam came to Malacca and how the religion spread to the entire country. When it was decided that the museum is to be placed in this building along Jalan Kota, extensive renovations was done to prepare the space for the museum. The renovation efforts were a mixture of the finest traditional Islamic arts and also local and international craftsmanship. There are eight main exhibition areas with is in accordance with its theme. The overall exhibitions are executed in a chronological manner to incite visitors with the sense of time and the arrival of Islam in Malacca and how the religion spread all across Malaysia. The fee to enter the museum is RM1 per adult and RM0.50 per child. It opens daily from 9am to 5.30pm.

The Islamic Museum of Malacca is strategically located at the most visited areas in Malacca. It is very near to the Malacca Sultanate Palace which is a replica of palace during the Malay Sultanate. The palace is located at the foot of the St Paul's hill. Also close by is the St Paul's Church. which is located on the hill of the same name. Getting to the church will require some walking as the church is on top of the hill. Along the walk up, you will come across two museums. They are the Architecture Museum and the Stamp Museum.After coming down from the hill, you can make your to the Maritime Museum Of Malacca or also known as the Flor De Lamar. The Maritime Museum is actually also a replica of the Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca while it was on its way to Portugal. Works on the replica started in 1990 and was finally opened to the public in 1994. Since there are just so many places to visit in Malacca, why not stay another night or two at hotels in Malacca. There are many budget hotels around is you are on a high budget. There are also five-star hotels which you may consider as well.

Transport

The best way to get to the Islamic Museum of Malacca is via taxi or by driving here yourself. You can opt to get on the trishaw if you do not want to walk so much in the area.

Maritime Museum of Malacca

Location: Malacca

Address:

Muzium Samudera, (the Flora De La Ma),
Jalan Quayside, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Office Number: +603 284 7090

Opening Hours:

Daily: 09:00 hrs - 17:30 hrs
Friday: 09:00 hrs - 12:15 hrs, 14:45 hrs - 17:30 hrs

Location

The Maritime Museum of Malacca is located just ahead of the Stadthuys. It is exactly opposite of the Medan Samudera which is a handicraft and local produce building. The best way to get to the Maritime Museum from the Stadthuys is by walking as you can appreciate better the museums, galleries, mosques, churches and other historical fort around Banda Hilir.

Overview

The Maritime Museum or the Flora de Lamar is a replica of the Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal. The replica is a staggering 34 meters in height and 8 meters in width. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Malacca and the golden ages of Malacca’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East. There are also paintings which displays how the Straits of Malacca was a strategic location for traders from both the east and the west stop by at Malacca/Melaka and conduct their businesses while waiting for the monsoon winds to change direction. The museum has myriads of exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and spices used by the seamen of the yesteryears and even come sunken treasures hauled from Diana, another shipwreck. Other than exhibits on the history of the Malaccan Maritime, the museum also showcases the different eras that Malacca has gone through starting from the Malacca Sultanate era to the Portuguese era, Dutch era and ending with the British era.

For ship fanatics, there are also a collection of different ship models that are on display at the museum. You will be able to learn more about the types of ships and their functions from the collection. You can also climb up to the upper deck of the ship to view the diorama of the captain cabin. Admission into the museum is RM3 per adult and RM1 per child. It is open daily from 9am to 5.30pm. While you are here, do not waste the opportunity to visit the other museums in the area. If you go up the St Paul's Hill to get to the St Paul's Church, will you pass by two museums along the way. They are the Architecture Museum and the Stamp Museum. There is also the Islamic Museum of Malacca which is a tad further away from the Maritime Museum. If you are done with absorbing all the history of Malacca and the delicious food at Jonker Street, you can head over to Dataran Pahlawan for some shopping. There are many shops in it and also some restaurants which serve good food.

On the top floor of Dataran Pahlawan is a cafe named Nadeje which sells the best layered cake in Malacca. The cakes come in various flavors and are about RM8.50 per piece. If there isn't enough room to fit all the delicious food in your stomach, why not extend your stay? You can stay at any of the hotels in Malacca. There is no need to worry about accommodation as there are plenty around.

Transport

The best way to get to the Maritime Museum is by car or by getting on a cab. Choice of public transportation is limited in Malacca.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca

Location: Malacca

Location Info

Address: No.50, Jalan Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Office Number: +606 2831273

Location

The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Melaka is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Heern Street which is of 10.66km from Zoo Melaka. The museum is located parallel to Jonker Street, Malacca, is just 0.22km away from the renowned Jonker Walk. Across the street, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock or better known as the Millionaire's Row is near to Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum that takes about 0.26km away. The central location of the heritage museum is near to Kampung Hulu's Mosque and St. Paul Hill (A'Famosa).

Overview

Baba Nyonya is also known as Straits-born Chinese or Peranakan are of Chinese noble descendants which adopted the Malays culture. The interesting unique blend of cultures is born after the intermarriages between the Chinese and the local Malay. The exceptional culture can now be seen and indulge in the renowned Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. Established in the year of 1896,the museum illustrates the adoption of the lives and traditional of Baba Nyonya in Malacca.The privately owned museum run by the Babas and Nyonyas of the town is wonderfully designed from inside and out. It enables you to learn every bit of the history and culture of Baba Nyonya.Aside showcases the ethnic of the local blend; the museum displays valuable century old Baba Nyonya traditional costume, wood-work art and antique furniture. Each displayed items in the museum has its own story to tell.

The heritage has been a unique attraction for both local and international tourists with its other attractions in the state; St. Paul Hill (A'Famosa) and St. John Fort as the surviving gate of Portuguese in Malacca. The nearby attraction; Portuguese Square is a delightful route to stop for meals and drinks.

Transport

You can get a taxi from Zoo Malacca to Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum which would take about 20 minutes. The walking distance to Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum from Menara Taming Sari would approximately take around 15 minutes. Each location can be easily reached by eco-friendly Trishaw ride that would take around 10 minutes.

Queen Victoria Fountain

Location: Malacca

Location Info

Address:

Jalan Gereja,75000 Malacca, Malaysia

District » City Centre

 

Location

The Queen Victoria's Fountain is located in the same area as The Stadthuys Malacca and the Christ Church. It is just beside the Tan Beng Siew Clock Tower. The fountain was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Overview

The Queen Victoria Fountain was built in 1901 by the British and is still standing as elegant as ever until this very day. Although more than a hundred years old, this fountain is still functioning well and is probably the only functioning colonial water fountains in Malaysia. Queen Victoria surpassed George III as the longest reigning monarch in the history of England and Scotland history on 23rd September 1896. The Queen requested at the time that any special celebrations are to be put on hold until 1897 in order to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee which was later made a festival of the British Empire. The fountain is a famous backdrop for visitors who come to Malacca as it is so near the Stadhuys and the Chirst Church. On the tip of the fountain says 'Victoria Regina 1837-1901, erected by the people of Malacca in memory of a great Queen.

The Queen Victoria Fountain is probably one of the last traces of the British colonial era in Malaysia and it symbolizes the glorious days of the British colonization in Malaysia in the yesteryears. Close by are some other famous local attractions in Malacca. On your way up the St Paul's Hill are the Architecture Museum Malacca and the Stamp Museum Malacca. The Cheng Ho Culture Museum is also nearby. Also, do not miss a chance to try the famous chicken rice ball at the Chung Hwa Chicken Rice Ball Shop which is at the beginning of the Jonker Street opposite the fountain. The chicken rice ball gets sold out pretty fast so be sure to get there early. There are other foods at the Jonker Street which you can try. Jonker Street is a good place to try Nyonya food and also the Nyonya museum.

A good place to eat Nyonya food is at Nancy's kitchen which is also at Jonker Street. The Nyonya Museum is a good place to learn about the Peranakan people. The museum is actually an original home of the peranakans but has been turned into a museum. For RM15 per person, you will be guided around the house and given information about the rich culture of the peranakans. Tours in the museum are limited each day. Do get there at the scheduled time to avoid disappointment. With so many things to do and food to eat, why are you in a hurry to go back? Stay over at any of the hotels in Malacca to give all these places a visit.

Transport

There really isn't much choice when it comes to transportation in Malacca. You can either drive here or take a cab. This place is a well-known place, so it should not be hard to find.

St.Paul's Church Malacca

Location: Malacca

Location Info

Address:

Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

District » City Centre

Location

The St Paul's Church is the church ruins that sit on the top of the St Paul's Hill. The hill was originally named as Malacca Hill. It was then changed to Monti Ali Maria or Mary's Hill after the Portuguese took over the hill. The St Paul's Church was originally a chapel and was known to the Portuguese in Malacca as the Chapel of Mother of God (Madre de Deus) or Our Lady of the Hill (Nossa Senhora do Oiteiro).

Overview

Making your way to the St Paul's Church on the St Paul's Hill may take much longer than you have anticipated. You will be easily distracted by the various museums along the way up to the church. As you proceed with your journey up the hill, you will pass by the Architecture Museum Malacca, Islamic Museum of Malacca and the Stamp museum Malacca. Beyond these museums, you will come to the historical monument of Malacca which is the Porte De Santiago or more commonly known as A Famosa among the locals. The A Famosa is a fortress which was used in the war last time and has many historical values.

However, much of the fortress has been demolished. As you move on from the A Famosa, you will see a white flight of stairs along the slope. These are the stairs which will take you to the St Paul's Church. The church can be reached easily by climbing up the stairs for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on your speed of walking. Upon reaching the top of the St Paul's Hill, you will be blown away by the breath-taking view of the city of Malacca and its coastline. The St Paul's Church was built by Duarte Coelho, a Portuguese Captain in 1521 AD. The church was formerly a chapel for the Portuguese and was named as 'Nosa Senhora' which means Our Lady of the Hill. Although what remains of the church are now only ruins, the strong and thick bricks are a reminder that this chapel used to be a magnificent piece of architecture at that time

However when the Dutch colonized Malacca, the church's fate changed. It was no longer used as a place of worship. After the Dutch's Chrish Church was completed, the St Paul's Church was turned into a burial ground. After your visit to the church, you can drop by at the Malacca Sultanate Palace which is at the foot of the St Paul's Church. The Malacca Sultanate Palace is a replica of the Malacca Sultan's palace during the Malacca Sultanate period. There are many other attractions in the historic city of Malacca. You can choose from various hotels in Malacca in order to visit all the interesting places here.

Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum

 

Location: Malacca

Location Info

Address: 51, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia
(Opposite The Stadthuys across the Melaka River through Tan Kim Seng Bridge)

Office Number: +606 283 1135/1136

Opening Hours: 09:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs (Monday - Sunday), Night Visit by appointment

Entrance: RM20.00 (Adults) | RM10.00 (Child / Student)

District » City Centre

Location

Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum is located in the old part of Malacca town and it's believed to be the original site of the warehouse complex build by Cheng Ho. It's located near to a few renowned streets, namely the Jonker Street, Jalan Laksamana and Jalan Quayside.

Overview

Cheng Ho Culture Museum is believed to be a restructured ancient building with Ming architecture, with two to three hundred years of history. The famous Cheng Ho is the Ming Dynasty Admiral who has visited Malacca many times while en route to the Western Ocean from 1405-1433. It is believed that he has set up a huge warehouse complex along the northern side of Malacca River. To date, there has been dispute in the location of the warehouse complex, while some believed to be at Bukit Cina. Nevertheless, the museum showcases many evidence of cultural exchange between the local ethnic and the Chinese, among others, treasure ships, tea houses and other navigation instruments.

After which you can visit the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to understand Malacca/Melaka unique taste of 'Peranakan'. For more educational activities, you can also visit the Maritime Museum Malacca where you can experience the busy trading zone where the world's traders meet. Besides, Malacca will not be complete without the Dutch flavour, The Stadthuys , the tallest and oldest Dutch buiding in South East Asia is currently standing tall in the Malacca Town Square. It's a popular landmark and you can definitely see it on most postcards in Malacca/Melaka. As for some sumptuous food, you can head to the Portuguese Square Malacca, where fresh seafood is a promised while you enjoy the sea breeze

Another way of exploring Malacca is through the Malacca River Cruise, where there are a total of 12 boats available for cruise and it has gained much popularity over the time, especially at dust hour. As for accommodation, Malacca hotel generally ranges from RM60.00 - RM300.00. Otherwise there are budget hotel available for long stay as well.

St.John's Fort Melaka

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address: Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 Melaka, Malaysia

Location

St. John's Hill is located at the south of Malacca, Bandar Hilir. Built at the top of the hill, it is deemed as located 3km away from the town. The nearest to St. John's Hill would be the Portuguese Square that situated at approximate 0.85km away. Followed by, St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa) is 1.57km whilst Cheng Ho Culture Museum is 1.62km away from the St. John's Hill

Overview

St. John's Fort was constructed by the Dutch in the 18th century and was once a private chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The interesting features that should be paid attention, is the cannons in the fort that are faced inland instead to the sea. The view from the top of the hill where St. John's stands is particularly for the fantastic tropical sunset that consistently builds great valuable experiences.

To commemorate St. John's the Baptist, todays, the Catholics celebrate the feast on June 23 with thousands of candles lit in homes throughout the district, a memorable day everyone should experience. The morning visit to the St. John's Hill could witness the local resident does exercise near the fort that is deemed to be valuable insights to see a huge number of people in the early morning for morning exercise. A great start for anyone to their journey. Various popular landmarks; The Stadthuys, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum and Melaka River Cruise could be seen from the top

If you wanted more than that, Menara Taming Sari is the one you are looking for. The 7 minutes ride has ever fails anyone. Nearby destination, Jonker Walk, is the food and shopping paradise that offers different local cuisine and heritage. The popular district has so far never disappointed anyone with their furnished local heritage Malacca Hotel.

Portuguese Square, Malacca

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address:
Portuguese Square Jalan D'Albuquerque 75050 Melaka, Malaysia

Location

Portuguese Square Malacca is situated at the south of the district, Dalbuquerque road. Located near to St. JohnFort which is in the distant of 0.85km, the square is deemed to be easily accessible by the local and international tourists all these years. Cheng Ho Culture Museum and St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa) is just few kilometers away from the square.The visible sight of Portuguese Square Malacca could be clearly seen from St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa).

Overview

Portuguese Square Malacca also known as Mini Lisbon symbolizes the Portuguese community in Malacca. The square is the culmination of Portuguese culture in its splendor and colors where descendants of Malay and Portuguese intermarriages since the colonization of Portuguese in the state. Within the Portuguese settlement, the square is central to Portuguese culture and is the only one in its kind in Malaysia.

The square is renowned for the culture blends in the last 400 years. Renowned for its constant hosting unique and interesting stalls, restaurants and entertainment spots, the square has been popular since and one of the landmark that should not be missed out. The square is mostly visited on weekends when it turns on its festive mood and the Portuguese communities will put on their traditional costumes for performances. The square is accompanies by its ample choices of traditional Malacca Hotel that offer various package to suit your budget. Visitors will never find it bored when surrounded by plenty of local attractions in this historical town.

The Stadthuys is one of the local most renowned landmarks that believed to be the oldest building in the East. Nobody will leave the place without visiting Cheng Ho Culture Museum which is few kilometers away. The museum recorded the number of visitation and the journey of Ming Dynasty's Admiral Cheng Ho to Malacca. Several local attractions like St. John's Hill and St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa) holds significant records of this historical town that would turn out to be a valuable journey

Taming Sari Tower Malacca

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address: Jalan Merdeka Bandar Hilir, 75050 Melaka, Malaysia
Office Number: +606 2881 100 / 2813 366

Location

Taming Sari Tower located in the popular district of Malacca, Bandar Hilir on Jalan Merdeka, Taming Sari Tower Malacca is 3 minutes away from Dataran Pahlawan Megamall and Mahkota Parade Shopping Complex. The Central location of the tower is just 0.35km away from St. Paul's Hill (A Famosa). Situated near to local popular and renowned attractions, The Stadthuys The Stadthuys and Cheng Ho Culture Museum is located 0.42km and 0.45km away from Taming Sari Tower Malacca

Overview

Opened to public in the year of 2008 April, Taming Sari Tower Malacca, so far is the one and only gyro tower in the country. The name is adapted from Sari Keris, a mythical weapon is said to has the possessive power belongs to the local legendary warrior Hang Tuah. The structure design of the tower follows the shape of the Keris. The tower is 110 meters in height revolves 360-degree that manages to provide a panoramic and interesting view of Malacca state within 7 minutes. The 7 minutes ride will host a great sight of the town such as St. Paul's Hill, Melaka River Cruise, St. JohnFort and Portuguese Square

Apart from that, the tower is built with advanced Swiss technology that could absorb earthquakes measuring 10 Richter scales and able to accommodate 66 people at a time. The Menara Taming Sari ticketing building is fitted with 5 commercial outlets that are facilitated with a cafe, restaurant and souvenirs shops. In addition, the nearby local attractions; The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is definitely cannot be missed out in the town. Looking for more? Let's not forget the country's oldest mosques, Kampung Hulu's Mosques near to Taming Sari Tower Malacca.

Palace of Malacca Sultanate

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address: Kota, Complex Warisan, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Office Number: +606 282 6526
Opening Hours: 09:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs
Admission: RM2.00 (Adults), RM1.00 (Child)

Location

From the A Famosa or Porta de Santiago, you will pass by a gravesite for the Dutch colonist before reaching at the Malacca Sultanate Palace. It is situated at the foot of the famous St Paul's Hill. All these famous landmarks are all very close by each other, so it is impossible to miss the Malacca Sultanate Palace.

Overview

The Malacca Sultanate Palace is actually a replica of the structure which was built by the already extinct sultanate of Malacca. The sultanate of Malacca was the ruler of the city before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1500s. The plan of the palace was based on the Malay Annals' account of Sultan Mansur Shah's palace. Sultan Mansur Shah was the nobleman who ruled Malacca from 1456 to 1477. The Malacca Sultanate Palace is one of its kind in Malaysia as it offers a rare glimpse of the ancient Malay kingdom which once flourished in Malacca.

Today, the palace is the home of the Cultural Museum which celebrates the Malay side of the Malacca's history. The museum showcases more than 1300 items of Malacca's past. There items include photographs, weaponry, drawings, musical instruments and gifts from foreign emissaries. All these items are displayed in eight different chambers and in three galleries on the three floors of the palace. Admission into the palace is RM2 per adult and RM0.50 per child. It is closed on Mondays and opens on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Since the palace is at the foot of St Paul's Hill, do not miss the chance to visit the St Paul's Church. which is at the top of the St Paul's Hill.

Along the way up the hill, you will also pass by some museums. They are the Architecture Museum Malacca and the Stamp Museum Malacca. Also close by is the Islamic Museum of Malacca where you can view displays of how Islam came to Malacca and spread to the entire country. There certainly are many places of interest to visit in Malacca. A day trip to this wonderful place is not adequate. Do consider staying at any hotels in Malacca as there are hotels of all types which will cater to your every need.

Stadthuys Malacca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address: Jalan Gereja,75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Highlight: Monument & Landmarks, Local History and Culture

Location

The legacy of the Dutch is still very much alive and felt in Malacca in a form of a red building called the Stadthuys. It used to be the administrative center of successive governments but now it is a history museum. The Stadthuys can be easily found as it is just beside the Christ Church. Opposite the Stadthuys is the famous Jonker Street visited by many tourists.

Overview

The Stadthuys was built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a fort which belongs to the Portuguese. It is believed that the Stadthuys is the oldest Dutch building in the East. This massive red building displays all the common features of the Dutch colonial architecture which includes substantial solid doors and louvered windows. Since its completion to 1980, the Stadthuys was used as the administrative center of successive governments for a period of 300 years. It was in 1982 when the Stadthuys was converted into a history museum which exhibits Malacca's history starting from the great Malay Sultanate and the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization till the present day.

Beside the Stadthuys is also another fine example of the Dutch architecture which is the Christ Church that was built in 1753. Attractions nearby are aplenty. Just a short walking distance towards the opposite of the Stadthuys is the renowned Jonker Street where you can try famous Malaccan delicacies such as the chicken rice ball, nyonya laksa, cendol and so on. There are also many souvenirs which you can buy at the Jonker Street. Before you can get to Jonker Street from the Stadhuys, you will cross a river. There is a Malacca River Cruise just nearby if you wish to see more of this famous area. There are also museums in the area such as the Cheng Ho Culture Museum and the Malaysian Youth Museum (Muzium Belia Melaka).

Another historical landmark close by is the Queen Victoria's Fountain which is a little far from the Stadthuys but still reachable by walking. The fountain was built in 1901 but is still standing proud and not does not look like it is more than a 100 years old. There are many places to visit in this area. Further down from the fountain are two shopping complexes which you can visit as well. They are the Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade. Do consider to stay over in any of the hotels in Malacca. There are some hotels around the area which includes the Renaissance Hotel which is just beside Dataran Pahlawan and also budget hotels in the Melaka Raya area.

Jonker Street Malacca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Malacca
Location Info
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Location

Jonker Street is located in the heart of the Melaka city. Due to the fact that it is one of the biggest attractions in the state, Jonker Street’s location can be easily found via the various road signs visitors can see along the way when they travel to the place.

Overview

Jonker Street in Melaka is one of the best places for tourists to visit due to the fact that the place is very historical and cultural in its roots. Here, tourists can find various antique buildings which are all being maintained and well-preserved so that visitors can still have a glimpse of the historical stories possess by the state. There are also many shop outlets and stalls such as food stalls, art and craft stalls, souvenir stalls, and clothing stalls here. All these stalls are very much culturally prepared and thus, if guests like to have a taste on the local cultural, Jonker Street would definitely be the best place to be.

Jonker Street is also famous for its nightlife and night activities. Many events are often being held here, especially during the festive seasons. There are also few bars and cafes here for visitors to hang out while they enjoy being indulged in the local culture. In order to ensure that visitors can have a convenient time traveling around the place, various accommodations are being prepared around the place where there are different hotels for visitors to choose from base on their own preferences.

 

*from: http://malacca.attractionsinmalaysia.com/