The History of Malacca Malaysia

Awesome Historical Attractions in Malacca Malaysia

What are historical stories in Malacca? Learn about Portuguese fort, legendary stories and other historic site. Read here for more information about the best destination in Malaysia to visit.

The History of Malacca Malaysia Summary

  • Attraction: The History of Malacca Malaysia
  • Location: Melaka Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: Historical Building in Malaysia

Awesome Historical Attractions in Malacca Malaysia

Many historic building and remains of the vital subject in school textbook. Melaka is now rapidly developing and still maintaining priceless historical values to the new generations. Back in the 15th century, Melaka was one of Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports. Over time it lost favor 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 center 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.

  1. All about the famous ‘Zaman Kesultanan Melayu Melaka’
  2. Portuguese: Invaded Malacca in 15th century
  3. Building inspirations : Malay, Chinese and Portuguese architecture

More History

Malacca is a place where many culture meet and fused. One of the most pronounced influences is the Portuguese architectural that one can see around this state.

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 Architecture present in Southeast Asia. Besides, The Portuguese Square is also a place to enjoy the Portuguese culture here. Its located 20 minutes from the 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 flavors. Be sure to visit Baba and Nyonya Heritage Musuem to view the unique carving of furniture and house interior. As mentioned earlier, The Stadt Huys, 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.


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Contact Tourism Melaka Malaysia

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Melaka Office
Aras 1
Kompleks Kementerian Pelancongan
Lebuh Ayer Keroh
75450 Melaka
Telephone: 06 231 8200
Fax: 06 231 1400