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Melaka ~ Sights & Visits


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Melaka Town
Aptly named Bandar Bersejarah (Historical City), the capital - also named Malacca - is filled with mystery, history and legends. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British



The spot where the town stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Back in the 15th century, Malacca was the largest port in South-East Asia. Centuries of Chinese and Islamic influence, along with the colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town and give it a unique place in history.


Malacca Town is a worthwhile place to visit. The town centre is relatively small and is easily accessible by foot, trishaw or bicycle. There are many houses of worship, museums and landmarks to visit in Malacca. Most of the tourist attractions are concentrated in its small city centre, and one can walk down Jonker's Walk which is a row of shop houses of Peranakan architecture. A treasure trove for antique aficionados and first-time hunters. Restaurants selling authentic Peranakan delicacies, as well as local delights are abundant. The area is filled with hostels and affordable accommodations (complete with a downstairs-pub for the increasing number of Western tourists who go to Malacca).


In the square of the Jonker Street area are to shops and businesses that were passed down through generations. You’ll find an Indian spice shop, rice traders, shops selling Chinese funeral provisions and more. Many of these trades will soon be obsolete, as the younger generation shifts to
other more modern options.



Melaka Town is roughly divided into two parts by the south flowing Melaka River. The North-western part around Jalan Hang Jebat and Jalan Hang Kasturi is chock-a-block with old culturally rich buildings in narrow roads. On the southern bank of the River in the vicinity of Jalan Kota stand most of the preserved historical ruins left by past European administrators.
 

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Sights & Visits I

Melaka's Sultanate Palace -Hang Kasturi’s Mausoleum - Hang Jebat’s Mausoleum - Hang Li Poh's Well - Bukit China - The Baba & Nyonya's Heritage House
 

Sights & Visits II

The Maritime Museum - Infocraft Centre - Independence Memorial - Youth Museum - Muzium Rakyat /Peoples Museum - Jonker Street - Villa Sentosa

Sights & Visits III

Kampung Kling Mosque -The Sam Poh Tong Temple - Kampung Hulu's Mosque - The Cheng Hon Teng's Temple - Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple - Tranquerah Mosque - Christ Church - St. Pauls Church
 

Sights & Visits IV

A Famosa - Dutch Graveyard - The Stadthuys - St. John’s Fort - St. Peter’s Church - Portuguese Square - St. Francis Xavier's Church

Melaka Town Map

Map of Melaka Town with street names and places of interests etc.
 


 

 

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