Melaka, Where It All Began
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.
History of Malacca
Malacca was established when Parameswara, who had escaped from Palembang in Sumatra, decided to build a new kingdom following Malay Srivijaya's fall in 1377 after being attacked by Javanese Majapahit.
Malacca- Historical & Attractions Places
- A Famosa
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
- Christ Church Malacca
- Hang Li Poh’s Well
- Jonker Walk
- St Paul’s Church
- Stadthuys Malacca
- Islamic Museum Malacca
- Maritime Museum of Malacca
- Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca
- Queen Victoria Fountain Malacca
- Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum Malacca
- St. John's Fort Melaka
- Portuguese Square Malacca
- Taming Sari Tower 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.