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The Historical City of Malacca, Malaysia
What are the best places to go to in Malacca city?
Known as Malaysia’s prominent historical state, Melaka was founded by a former Sumatran prince in the year 1400. Its occupation by Portuguese, the Dutch as well as British rulers in the past have established Melaka as a semi-autonomous province through the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
In 2008, UNESCO declared this exquisite city as one of its World Heritage Site due to the illustrious existence of a multi-cultural heritage and traditions of Asia complimented with European colonial influences.
The reflection of these influences fabricated many unique architectures and sophisticated civilization thus molding a townscape unparalleled anywhere else within East and South Asia.
Top Attractions In Malacca
1. Melaka Jonker Street
Melaka Jonker Street is a popular and a must go Night Market located in the city center of Malacca. Things to do :
- Enjoy famous local food such as Cendol, Laksa (Curry Mee) and nyonya kuih (local dessert) as the street is filled to the brim with many small restaurants.
- A lot of unique ornaments and souvenir can be purchased due to the abundance of art galleries, antique stores and miscellaneous shops.
- Places or shops worth for visit include: Jonker Dessert 88, Jonker Street Library, Mamee Jonker House, Orang Utan House and San Shu Gong
Location: Jonker Street Night Market, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Operation Time: every Friday to Sunday: 6:00pm – late night
*Tips: Night market is only available every Friday – Sunday . However, shops and restaurants along the streets are available for a daytime visit.
2. Baby Nyonya Heritage Museum
Widely known for its influence in Melaka, Baba Nyonya or Peranakan is a term referring to Chinese migrants who intermarried with the locals and settled here during the early 1500s. Within the culture, Malay influences are very strong in clothing and food, but the retainment of Chinese heritages are displayed especially in religion, name as well as ethnic identity.
The Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum located along Jalan Tun Cheng Lock is a collection of three beautifully restored houses arranged to look like a typical 19th-century Baba-Nyonya residence.
These townhouses exemplify a Chinese-Palladian style featuring hand-painted tiles with a framing of Greco-Roman columns.
Location: 48-50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200
Operation Time: Monday – Saturdays 10:00am – 12:30pm & 14:00pm – 16:30pm
3. Porta de Santiago / Kota A Famosa
Porta de Santiago or locally known as Kota A Famosa is one of the few oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in the whole of Asia.
Standing as a major historical landmark, the leftover of the ruins only yields an entrance to what was once a mighty fortress. The fortress was built in the year 1511 by a Portuguese general known as Alfonso de Albuquerque.
Location : Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah
Operation Time: All Day ( Best to visit during day time)
4. Red Square (Dutch Square)
Red Square or Dutch Square is just right in the center of the historical state, there is a massive bright terracotta-red riverfront brickwork that was once an official residence for Dutch governors and officers.
Now a museum, it is known as the Stadthuys featuring typical Dutch architectures displayed with massive walls, louvered windows, chunky doors as well as wrought-iron hinges.
The Stadthuys is situated next to Christ Church, a structure portraying another fine and classical Dutch works. Therefore, you can witness two of the most prominent landmarks of the area . Remember to enjoy a tri-shaw ride in the area and take some nice photos too!
Location: Jalan Gereja, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka (Walking distance to Jonker Street)
Operation Time: All day (Suggestion: To visit Red Square in the Morning)
5. St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church or St. Pauls Cathedral is located nearby Red Square. It was built by a Portuguese captain in 1521 making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Local authorities however have been putting great effort to preserve and maintain the place.
The place offers awesome views of the Malacca city from the top of the hill and making it a great spot for photo shooting.
Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka (Walking distance to Red Square)
Operation Time: All Day (Suggestion: To visit Red Square in the Morning)
6.Taming Sari Revolving Tower
Taming Sari Revolving Tower has a height of 80 metres, with about a 7 minute long ride that gives you the magnificent landscape of Malacca city. The tower was designed based on the concept of Taming Sari Keris with air conditioned viewing cabins which can accommodate about 60 people at one time.
Other activities that you can enjoy include pony rides, carnival rides and electric car rentals. Ticket is required to enjoy the rides however you can purchase as a package deals which consist of a combination of tower rides and other activities too.
Location: Jalan Merdeka, Plaza Mahkota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Operation Time: 10:00am – 11:00pm (Suggestion: To visit during day or night time as both give different view of Malacca city)
Ticket Price: RM 17 (Adult ) , RM11 (Children below 12) For Malaysian; RM 23 (Adult ) , RM15 (Children below 12) For Non Malaysian
7. Malacca River
Melaka river is the main artery of trade for Malacca in the old day. The river has served as one of the top attractions today to show the beauty of the city from another angle.
You may join the 45-minute ride to enjoy the beautiful historical buildings, villages and churches stand majestically by the river. Ticket is required.
There are 3 different tours that you can consider :
- Daylight to enjoy old buildings
- Before sunset to enjoy beautiful colors
- Night time to enjoy lights and breeze
Location: City Center of Malacca (Walking distance from Jonker Street & Red Square)
Operation Time: 9:00am to 11:30pm Daily
Ticket Price: RM8
Things To Know When Traveling To Malacca:
- All the TOP attractions in Malacca are located in the city center, exploring on foot is a good idea for tourists.
- Otherwise, it is easy to travel around Malacca by Grab or local taxi. (Difficult to find parking in Malacca city especially at tourist hotspots)
- Malacca city is a small town and therefore heavy traffic is reported during weekends and public holidays.
- Best travel options include: Bus, Grab or local taxi
Best Destinations to Stop (Travel by Bus):
- Melaka Sentral (Main Bus Terminal in Malacca)
- Hatten Hotel Malacca (Located at city center – best destination to stop if you stay at Hatten Hotel)
- Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall (Located at city center – straight access to Dataran Pahlawan Shopping Centre)