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Things to see in Malacca

The city of Malacca also goes by the names of Melaka and Malaka which is slightly confusing. It is one of the most historical cities of Malaysia and influences from several European cultures such as that of the Dutch and Portuguese are clearly visible in its town center today. It is also one of the nicest places to visit in the country.  

The city center has retained its old heart and its old colonial buildings are still here today and look the same like they did when they were built many years ago. They are not massive buildings, but they do provide a impression of the history of this city. One of the most striking examples is the stadhuys (city hall) which has been well decorated with wooden panels. Other noticeable buildings are the Beng Swee clock tower and Christ church. These are located right in the middle of the city center near the Dutch square and their red color provides much of the city's recognizable face as they blend in nicely with the other colonial buildings. Some other sights which are not be missed are St. Paul's church which is built on top of a hill allowing you some views of the surrounding area and an old wind mill. The old center is largely free of cars and making it a pleasant area for walking around.

Another area of interest is Chinatown in which several restaurants and temples can be found. If you are looking for a place to eat this is probably where you get most value for your money and also can taste some flavors of the local foods. The restaurants also have a much less touristy feel to it. The area is nice for short walks and many of the decorations of the shops make it do justice to its name. There are several small temples scattered around the place which are an ideal place for a short visit and experience some of the religious background of the people. One of the better known temples is that of Cheng Hoon Teng.

There are a few other places worth seeing which are not directly in the center. One is the Melaka river that runs through the city and has an interesting point where things such as the small Ferris wheel or the Jabalan old bus station bridge can be found. For those who are into the culture of Malaysia, there are many museums to visit in Melaka and maybe even too many. To list a few would be the Stamp museum, the maritime museum and the Malaysia youth museum. A few last sights to mention which are a bit out of the city center are the Portuguese square and the Dutch fort, but despite having interesting sounding names, these are not the highlights of the city.

Getting to Malacca is most straightforward from Kuala Lumpur as it is only around 2 hours away by bus and there are several bus companies driving this route. This means that Melaka can be visited as a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. There is also a bus from Singapore which takes less a bit less than three hours. It also has its own airport but it is not as well served as some of the other larger ones in the region. The old center is not close to the bus station and the best way of getting to it is by taxi. The center is small enough to walk around as it is very compact, but as an experience it is and option to get around by bicycle-rickshaw which have been well decorated by their drivers. A nice thing about Malacca is that it can be visited throughout the whole year.


Malacca travel photo gallery

 
Melaka river.

Melaka river.

 
Decorated houses along the Melaka river.

Decorated houses along the Melaka river.

 
Jabalan old bus station bridge.

Jabalan old bus station bridge.



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Ferris wheel near the Melacca river.

Ferris wheel near the river.

 
Mural of traditional life in Melacca.

Mural of traditional life.

 



Colonial building in CIMB bank.

Colonial building which houses the CIMB bank.

 



Malacca street scene.

Street scene.

 
Church of St. Francis Xavier.

Church of St. Francis Xavier.

 



Red colored historical buildings in Melaka.

Red colored historical buildings.

 
Gateways in Malacca's historical town.

Gateways in the historical town.

 
Flowerpots decorating colonial buildings in Melaka.

Flowerpots decorating colonial buildings.

 
Bicycle rickshaw decorated with flowers.

Bicycle rickshaw decorated with flowers.

 
Yellow bicycle with flowers, Melacca.

Yellow bicycle with flowers.

 
Balai Senlukit Melaka art gallery.

Balai Senlukit Melaka art gallery.

 
Christ church Melaka.

Christ church.

 
Beng Swee clock tower.

Beng Swee clock tower.

 
Souvenir shops in Malacca.

Souvenir shops and tourists.

 



Dutch square and Beng Swee clock tower, Malaka.

Dutch square and Beng Swee clock tower.

 
Wind Mill, Melacca.

Wind Mill.

 



Tourist information centre, Malacca.

Tourist information center.

 



Dutch square.

Dutch square with in the middle the clock tower.

 
View over the Malacca river.

View over the Malacca river.

 
Detailed picture of colonial houses along the Melaka river.

Detailed picture of colonial houses along the river.

 
Dragon above Chinatown Malacca.

Dragon above Chinatown.

 

Head of the dragon.

 



Malaysia youth museum.

Malaysia youth museum.

 



Malaysia architecture museum, Melaka.

Malaysia architecture museum.

 
St. Paul's church Malacca.

St. Paul's church.

 



View down the hill from St. Pauls church.

View down the hill from St. Paul's church.

 



Independence memorial in Melaka, Malaysia.

Independence memorial.

 
Cannons in Malacca's historical city centre.

Cannons in the historical city center.

 
Stadthuys, Malacca.

The stadthuys in Malacca.

 
Statue in an old Dutch colonial building in Melaka, Malaysia.

Statue in an old Dutch colonial building in Melaka, Malaysia.

 



Old water wheel.

Old water wheel.

 
Maritime museum, Malacca.

Maritime museum.

 
Maritime museum in Melaka, Malaysia.

Maritime museum.

 



Clock tower and Christ church in Melaka, Malaysia.

Clock tower and Christ church.

 
Statue of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan boon Leong, Malaysia's most successful body builder.

Statue of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan boon Leong, Malaysia's most successful body builder.

 
Chinatown, Malacca.

Chinatown.

 
Nicely decorated building in the Chinatown of Melaka, Malaysia.

Nicely decorated building in Chinatown.

 



Jonker walk, Melaka.

Jonker walk.

 



Shop selling many tea's.

Shop selling many kinds of tea.

 
Temple.

Temple.

 
Buddhist temple in Melaka.

Buddhist temple.

 
Sign saying Selamat Tahun Baru Cina.

Sign saying Selamat Tahun Baru Cina.

 
Temple in Malacca.

Temple.

 



Little statues in a temple.

Little statues in a temple.

 



Cheng Hoon Teng temple.

Cheng Hoon Teng temple.

 



Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca.

Cheng Hoon Teng temple.

 
Buddhist temple, Melaka.

Buddhist temple.

 
Kampung Kling Mosque, Malacca.

Kampung Kling Mosque.

 



Gate which is the entrance to a temple in Malacca, Malaysia.

Gate which is the entrance to a temple.

 



Decorated temple.

Decorated temple.

 
Chinese temple.

Chinese temple.

 
Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan (independence monument), Malakka.

Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan (independence monument).

 
Proclamation of Independence memorial.

Proclamation of Independence memorial.

 
Entrance to a Buddhist temple.

Entrance to a Buddhist temple.

 
Portuguese square, Melaka.

Portuguese square.

 
Lisbon hotel on the Portuguese square.

Lisbon hotel on the Portuguese square.

 


Internet sources with travel information about Malacca



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Last update: 24/03/2014