From east of China, Japan to the West of Portugal, Spain, and England. Each of these cultures have left their mark in Malacca.
The oldest Dutch colonial building in Southeast Asia are the Stadthuys, Christ Church, Red Square and the Queen Victoria’s Fountain. All these attractions are located to one another. There are no entrance fee if you want to go and visit these places. Stadthuys is also known for its Museum of History and Ethnography. It is strategically located in the center of Malacca. You could also find traditional costumes, handicrafts and souvenir shops.
St. Paul Church was once a fort defense structure. Built in the year 1521 St. Paul’s Hill fsituated on a top of a hill. The Portuguese and the Dutch to war left tombstone inscription which gives an insight into them. There are also history boards placed providing info about the area. Only some parts of the building are preserved and the half are already been destroyed due to war. The views are great which overlooks the scenic historical city.
Menara Taming Sari will provide you with a bird’s eye view of the Malacca Town. It is 700m away from Cheng Ho Museum which takes approximately seven mins to reach by walking. There are entrance fee as well as the option to rent binoculars.
Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum. The museum is the replica of the Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca. Tickets can could be bought for only RM5. The musuem provides all the information regarding the trading history of Malacca. Gives visitors an insight into the history of the museum which is a good for an educational visit.
Jonker Street is a historical Chinatown street of Malacca. It starts just across the river from the Dutch Square. At the street, you could experience being at the most famous heritage houses dating back up to the 17th century. At that time, rich Baba Nyonya (also known as Peranakans, descendants of 15th – 16th century Chinese immigrants marrying local Malay women) lived and did their business here.
Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum. Tickets to this museum cost RM20 per adult provided a guided tour. This jewelry museum gives a glimpse on how the Peranakan Baba Nyonya used to lead their luxurious lifestyle through the display of furniture display and jewelry. The guided tour takes about 30 – 45 mins to complete. You can get much insightful and informative stories about the culture of the Peranakan people.
Have a wonderful day ahead, sincerely D Asia Travels Sdn Bhd. Writer, Hilman Mohamed Anwar.