Melaka– where should you go?

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Melaka (or Malacca) is known as the oldest and peaceful city in Malaysia with the old houses. Nowadays, it attracts tourists by a diverse culture that has a harmonious combination in culture and architecture of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and of course Malaysian. Travel Melaka, you should not miss these attractions:

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A Famosa

Originally built by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, the A Famosa was the place storing ammunition, the residence of officers and captains in the wars at that time. The A Famosa still now was severely damaged except for the Porta de Santiago.

Masjid Selat Mosque (Malacca Straits)

Masjid Selat Mosque

The mosque was opened in 2006, built in the Middle East architectural style combined with Malaysian architecture.

Built on an artificial island next to Malacca Town, Masjid Selat was designed as a floating mosque in the middle of the sea. At night, the mosque is more beautiful because of many colorful lights. Masjid Selat is considered as one of the most beautiful attractions in Malacca.

Sultanate Palace Maleka

The museum was built in 1984 and inaugurated on July 17, 1986 by Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad. Its structure is based on the description of the King Mansur Shah who ruled Malacca from 1458 to 1477. The purpose of the museum is to introduce the history of Malacca to visitors.

Stadthuys

Stadthuys

Stadthuys in Old Dutch means town hall, located in the heart of Malacca. This building was built as the city hall under the rule of the Dutch in the 17th century.

It was once the office of the Governor and Deputy Governor of Netherlands, then used as a free school to teaching English under British rule. Currently, it is a historical museum of Malacca. The Stadthuys attracts visitors with chestnut color-walls and brightly red brick roads.

Taming Sari Tower

Taming Sari is the first revolving tower in Malaysia – a perfect place to admire the panoramic view of Melaka. The tower opens from 10am to 10pm daily. You also can take part in some other activities at the foot’s tower such as horse riding or rent a tram to explore Melaka.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest Chinese temple in Melaka which was built in the 1600s in the middle of Jonker Walk Street. It was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2002. Today, the temple is a place of worship of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Cheng Hoon Teng is opened for visitors from 7am to 7pm daily.

Baba Museum – Nyonya

Founded in 1986 by Mr. Chan Kim Lay, the museum is to recreate the Chinese and Malay culture. The Baba museum is home to more than 1,000 antique items made by wood, ceramics, porcelain, glass, silver, …

St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church on the top of St.Paul Hill was constructed in 1521 by the Portuguese. Roofless and covered in ferns, it was originally called the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of the Annunciation). Though it has been in ruins for more than 150 years, it is a beautiful, breezy sanctuary (reached after a steep flight of stairs) set near the remains of A’ Famosa fort.

Christ Church

The church was built in the 18th century (1741 – 1753). Located at Jalan Gereja, the church is painted in coral red with huge white cross at the middle. It is the most distinguished one among adjacent buildings that are also painted in similar red colour. Surrounded by beautiful landscape with greenery and flowers, you will probably feel like visiting a vintage church somewhere in Europe!

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