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    What to See in Malacca

    Malacca is a small, friendly city that with many eye-catching sights and attractive modern establishments. It is easy to go around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make Malacca unique. As you explore them, you'll learn about the rich heritage and hostory that has shaped the landscape and left a mark on Malaysia's cultural lifestyle.

    In fact, the city is a mix of old and new, historical establishments and old shops stand side-by-side with shopping complexes and modern offices. There's just so many colourful sights in the city, but beyond it, you can also explore other cultural places in the outskirts or engage in recreational activities such as golf and jungle-trekking.

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A’Famosa is more than just quick photo stop opportunity for tourists. Built in 1511, the settlement used to sprawl across a whole hillside but now only a lone gate (Porta de Santiago) remains. One of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia; it is set beside the Istana ke Sultanan on Jalan Kota.

A’Famosa is perhaps Malacca’s best known sightseeing spot. Originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque (who led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate), the remains of the fort is now a crumbling whitewashed gatehouse and is located downhill from St. Paul’s Church. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Kota, Malacca
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A’Famosa Water World is a 20-acre theme park within A’Famosa Resort. It is about 30 minutes from Melaka and an hour from KL. Popular with Malaysian and Singaporean tourists, it is a family oriented park: besides the water attractions at Water World, there is a huge ‘zoo’ at Animal World Safari.

It is not Disneyland by a long shot, but the theme park is one of Malacca’s most popular day-time attractions. Surprisingly, it is not usually listed in travel books, probably due to its relatively out-of-the-way location in Alor Gajah. The only water park in Malaysia’s southern region, it is divided into two sections: Water World and the 150 acre Animal World Safari. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wave Pool Stage 11:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 20:00 Saturday & Sunday; Family Raft Ride 12:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday; Arabian Village12:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday; Inner Tube Slide 12:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday; Lazy River 12:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday; High Speed Slide 12:00 – 18:30 Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 18:30 Saturday & Sunday (Closed on Tuesday during non-holiday periods)
  • Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia.
  • Tel: +606 552 0888 or +603 2781 8888
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Christ Church  built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese, it's one of Malacca’s most defining structures. Situated along Jalan Gereja (also known as Church Street) it is an instantly recognizable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top. Sitting opposite the Stadhuys, Christ Church was built in 1753 to celebrate a century of Dutch occupation. The interior of the cathedral has 200 year-old handmade pews, decorative fanlights and plaques that honour Dutch soldiers and locals. Read More...

  • Address: Jalan Kota Melaka, Melaka
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Melaka Bird Park, hailed as the first open aviary bird park in Malacca, is built on a 1.8 hectare site at the Botanical Garden in Ayer Keroh, Malacca. It has the largest aviary in Malaysia and will be the only bird park to house such a large collection of Malaysian bird species. With nearly 700 bird species calling the lands and waterways of Malaysia home, the bird park aims to protect every species and educate the public by hosting a number of educational and recreational programmes.

The exterior of Melaka Bird Park is impressive: it resembles a downscaled stadium with plenty of greenery and a massive model of a parrot perched on a welcome sign. A pond and mini river (with a few fish swimming inside) is also built with wooden bridges leading to the entrance. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
  • Address: Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh
  • Tel: +606 233 0333
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The Malacca Crocodile Farm, more commonly known as Taman Buaya Melaka, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ayer Keroh, a suburb of Malacca just 10 minutes from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza. Family friendly and filled with a variety of croc species, the farm is not just home to over 100 species of crocs – it also houses five different attractions in the surrounding 3.5ha park: Malaysia in Miniature, Aviary Bird Park, Reptile House, Mamalia House and Water Recreation Park. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Pusat Pelancongan Ayer Keroh
  • Address: Pusat Pelancongan Ayer Keroh, Melaka
  • Tel: +606 232 2349
  • Price Range: Adult RM10 (Crocodile Park & Water Recreation), RM5 (Crocodile Park only); Children RM 6 (Crocodile Park & Water Recreation), RM3 (Crocodile Park)
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Melaka Zoo is the second largest in Malaysia. Located 13km outside Malacca city in Ayer Keroh, it has over 1,200 animals of 200 different species. The zoo’s highlight is the night-viewing safari when visitors are driven around in a tram to see lit-up exhibits of nocturnal wildlife up and about. 

Established in 1963, Melaka Zoo is spread out across 54 acres and is managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. The complex is home to a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians including the Malayan gaur, serow and Malayan tiger. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Address: Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450.
  • Tel: +606 232 4053
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The best way to cool down on a hot and sticky day in Malacca is to do some splashing around at the spanking-new Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort. Built in Ayer Keroh – Malacca’s tourist attraction-laden quarter – the highlights of this multi zone park are its high-speed water slides and thrill rides.

Surrounded by 360 hectares of natural recreational forest, this brand-new park features a whopping two million litres of water. All in all this water theme park features 16 exciting attractions including the Lazy Cum Crazy River, the 1 Big Wave pool, the Adventure Island, Anaconda Twist, The Pendulum as well as a multitude of other attractions. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 Weekday; 09:00 am – 19:00 Weekend & Public Holiday
  • Location: Ayer Keroh, Melaka (approximately 15 minutes from the Ayer Keroh exit toll)
  • Tel: (606) 231 3333
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Coral Wonderland Malacca is the Malaysia’s first coral park, hosting over 1,000 species of marine fish and corals. Opened in 2011, the coral park is home to Asia’s longest touch pool, and the country’s longest coral aquarium, giving you a chance for in-depth look on loved marine life. It is situated at level 4 of the conveniently-located Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall, so parking (and also lunch afterwards) isn’t a problem if you’re planning a family day out.

Filled with interesting and colourful marine creatures such as clown fish and seahorses, Coral Wonderland is divided into nine separate sections with each focusing on a species or a theme, with corresponding activities for both adults and kids to enjoy. The shark pool, for example, lets you get up close with one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures so that you can personally observe its interesting features, such as its blacktip fins and puckered mouths. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 – 21:30; Saturday – Sunday 10:30 – 22:30
  • Address: F4-01A & F4-99, Level 4, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
  • Tel: +606 282 9966
  • Price Range: Adults RM40, children under 12 RM30, senior citizens above 60 RM20
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The Upside Down House Melaka is a unique exhibition space within Malacca City, where visitors can step into an inverted version of a modern Malaysian house. While Malacca City is well-frequented for its historical landmarks, Jonker Street, as well as the unique Peranakan culture and delicacies, Upside Down House Melaka is a relatively new addition to its list of family-friendly attractions.

Set within a two-storey shophouse, the gallery is divided into a living room, kitchen, playroom, master bedroom, and bathroom, all of which are fitted with air-conditioning, interior décor, and life-sized furniture which is firmly screwed to the ceiling. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 19:00, Friday – Sunday 10:00 – 21:00
  • Address: G12 & G14, Jalan PM7, Plaza Mahkota, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
  • Tel: +6011 1072 2260
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Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is a tourist attraction in Ayer Keroh, about 15km northeast of Malacca town. Also known as Taman Rama Rama, it is home to a collection of animals ranging from beautiful butterflies to snakes, lizards, crocodiles, koi fish and even a pair of gorgeous golden leopards.

Spread across an 11ha jungle area, the complex is part secondary jungle and part landscaped park. The well-maintained sanctuary was opened in 1991 and is divided into five sections: the Koi River Valley, Butterfly Garden, Reptile Aviary, Wild Photo Lane and Nature’s Art Centre. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30 everyday
  • Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450.
  • Tel: +606 232 0033
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Melaka Menara Taming Sari (Taming Sari Tower) officially opened for business on the 18th of April 2008, Menara Taming Sari is the first and only gyro tower in Malaysia so far. Measuring 110 metres in height, its revolving structure offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Malacca town and beyond.

Located in the popular district of Bandar Hilir on Jalan Merdeka, only 3 minutes’ walk from Mahkota Parade Shopping Complex and Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, the tower is named after the Taming Sari keris, a mythical weapon said to possess mystical powers belonging to the legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. Even the structure’s design follows the shape of the keris, with the peak of the tower resembling the its hilt. Read More...

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Toys are not only kids' play, and for 45-year-old George Ang, owner of the Malacca’s Toy Museum, toys are something that can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of age and/or gender. A certified toy enthusiast, Ang first started collecting toys during his 20 years of working at an advertising agency, and when his collection expanded, he began running out of space in his home to store them all. With encouragement from his family members, he started the museum to share his love of toys and figurines with visitors to Malacca. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 19:00; Sunday 13:00 – 19:00
  • Address: 5044, Jalan Penghulu Abbas, Bukit Baru, Malacca
  • Tel: +6012 362 7066
  • Price Range: Adult RM6; children under 12 years old RM4
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Christ Church  built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese, it's one of Malacca’s most defining structures. Situated along Jalan Gereja (also known as Church Street) it is an instantly recognizable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top. Sitting opposite the Stadhuys, Christ Church was built in 1753 to celebrate a century of Dutch occupation. The interior of the cathedral has 200 year-old handmade pews, decorative fanlights and plaques that honour Dutch soldiers and locals. Read More...

  • Address: Jalan Kota Melaka, Melaka
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Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum is a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life.

Opened in 2006, it is believed that the museum sits on the site of Guan Chang, a warehouse built by Cheng Ho about 600 years ago to temporarily store goods he acquired during his travels. Flanking the front entrance of the museum are a drum and a bell tower. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Address: 51, Lorong Hang Jebat
  • Tel: +606 283 1135 or +606 283 1136
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Dutch Square Malacca is the most picturesque along Jalan Kota. It's also a colourfull trishaw pickup point, it is distinguished by a group of bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings, built between 1660 and 1700, with louvered windows and chunky doors with wrought iron hinges.

A central fountain dominates the area: it is an ornate Victorian marble addition, erected in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. One of the oldest surviving parts of Malacca, Dutch Square’s most prominent building is the Stadthuys. Presiding over the entire south side of Dutch Square it was completed in 1660 and is said to be the oldest-existing Dutch building in the East. Read More...

  • Location: Malacca Town Centre
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The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East. Part of Malacca town square’s prominent Dutch colonial architecture it is a massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers.

Built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort, The Stadthuys of Malacca was the focus point of several successive governments (Dutch, Portuguese, British etc.) for over 300 years, from its completion until 1980. In 1982, Stadthuys was converted into a museum. The Stadthuys displays typical features of Dutch colonial architecture with massive walls, louvred windows and chunky doors with wrought-iron hinges. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Thursday; 09:00 – 20:30 Friday – Sunday
  • Address: Circle intersection of Jalan Quayside, Jalan Laksamana, and Jalan Chan Koon Cheng
  • Tel: + 606 282 6526
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Hang Jebat Mausoleum is a burial ground along Jalan Kampung Kuli in Malacca dedicated to the legendary warrior Hang Jebat. Also known as Makam Hang Jebat, the crypt clearly predates the 1512 Portuguese occupation, but its exact date of construction (as well as its authenticity) remains a mystery.

The well-maintained grave is an Acehnese-style tomb usually used to mark the burial grounds of sultans and high-ranking ministers. Jawi writings above the front entrance of the crypt mark it as the ‘actual’ burial ground of Hang Jebat: but there is another crypt in Terendak Camp, an army base northwest of the state billed as Hang Jebat’s final resting place as well. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Kampung Kuli, Malacca
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Melaka Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. Set at the base of St. Paul’s Hill it was painstakingly constructed in 1985 using traditional construction techniques and materials, based on accounts in the 16th century, Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) text.

According to the annals, Sultan Mansur Shah’s seven-tiered palace was built entirely without nails and supported with carved, wooden pillars and featured a copper and zinc roof. The most elaborate royal palace ever constructed in the world in 1459. According to the annals it was destroyed the year after the sultan ascended the throne when it was struck by lightning. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Wednesday – Monday
  • Location: Jalan Kota, St. Paul’s Hill
  • Tel: +606 262 7464
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At the beginning of the 16th century, merchants and entrepreneurs were lured to Malacca’s shores due to stories of the city’s burgeoning success and wealth. In particular the city saw an influx of Chinese traders who arrived in droves in an effort to escape Manchu rule. These entrepreneurs went on to marry local Malay women – descendents of these marriages were known as Peranakan or ‘Straits-born Chinese’.

Their relative success resulted in these expatriate merchants becoming the principal wealth catalysts of the thriving city. The ‘Babas’ (male Sino-Malays) flaunted their affluence by purchasing Dutch townhouses and transforming them into out-and-out palaces. The interiors of these homes were opulent and stuffed to the tee with Dutch-influenced fixtures including hand-painted tiles and Victorian lamps. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 16:30 Monday - Saturdays
  • Address: 48-50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200.
  • Tel: +606 283 1273
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Masjid Tranquerah is one of the oldest mosques in the country. Featuring a Sumatran-style façade similar to Masjid Kampong Kling’s the current brick structure is more than 200 years old. It is set approximately two km towards the road leading to Port Dickson, northwest of Malacca town.

Locals call it Tranquerah Mosque and the original 18th-century structure, made of timber brought from Kalimantan, Indonesia, was built in 1728. In 1780 the mosque underwent its first renovation project: an extensive rebuilding that left only the original minaret, a freestanding octagonal structure with Chinese-style embellishments, untouched. Today, the main complex resembles most Malaccan mosques with a main prayer hall featuring a three-level roof and Malay, Chinese and Indonesian decorative elements. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Tengkerah
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Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre, aka Melaka Planetarium, is a learning centre dedicated to the exciting world of astronomy and science. Opened in 2009, the planetarium is right beside the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), approximately 20 minutes from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza. The three-storey, Islamic-inspired complex houses multiple exhibition areas together with a cafeteria, a library and also Malaysia’s largest dome theatre for periodical movie screenings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 09:15 – 18:00
  • Address: Kompleks MITC, Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, Malacca
  • Tel: +606 232 2424
  • Price Range: Adult RM10; students RM8; senior citizen and children under seven years old RM5
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Melaka Maritime Museum is a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship said to have been carrying loot plundered from Malacca when it sank off the coast of Malacca on its way back to Portugal. Opened to the public in 1994, this unique museum is an enlightening trip back into Malacca’s past.

The 34m-high, 36m-long and eight-metre-wide structure is located at Quayside Road (right beside the. Set 10 minutes away from the Dutch Square, the Melaka Maritime Museum is divided into the different eras that Malacca has gone through, from the Melaka Sultanate period, to Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday; 09:00 – 21:00 Saturday & Sunday
  • Tel: +606 283 0926
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Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the first Hindu temples built in Malaysia. Opened in 1781, the rectangular-shaped temple is on a plot of land that was donated by the religiously tolerant Dutch back in the day and features a Dutch architectural style.

Dedicated to the elephant-headed Hindu deity Vinayagar (more commonly known as Ganesha), the temple is set near Masjid Kampung Kling (Kling Village Mosque) and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. It is located along Jalan Tokong Emas (Harmony Street), an avenue known for its collection of religious shrines. Read More...

  • Address: Jalan Tokong Emas
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