10 Best Things to Do in Malacca

Best Attractions in Malacca

A quaint city with an abundance of breathtaking sights and rich heritage, Malacca is easy to get around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make it unique. As the unofficial historic capital of Malaysia, Malacca’s most prominent contribution to the Malaysian cultural landscape is the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan culture.

Possessing an eclectic blend of customs, traditions, food and lifestyle, the Peranakan still thrives in Malacca with a mix of old and new with historical buildings standing side by side with ultra modern shopping centres. From Ayer Keroh’s lush greenery to the Malacca City’s urban landscape, we have found our top ten places in Malacca that no visitor should leave out on their travel itinerary.

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    A’Famosa Fort

    Built in 1511, A’Famosa used to sprawl across a whole hillside but now only a lone gate (Porta de Santiago) remains. Originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque (who led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate), the remains of the fort is now a preserved whitewashed gatehouse and is located downhill from St. Paul’s Church. Read More...

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    Jonker Street

    Jonker Street
    Jonker Street

    Jonker Walk is best visited during the weekends as it is a commonly acknowledged fact that visitors worldwide flock to this particular street in Malacca for its vibrant night market. Well-organized with a wide array of stalls, polite and friendly hawkers, ubiquitous bargains as well as live music coursing throughout the area, Jonker Walk comes to life in full colour with a lively street party-like atmosphere. Read More...

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    Christ Church

    Jalan Kota
    Christ Church Melaka

    Christ Church was built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese and today, it stands as one of Malacca’s most defining structures. Situated along Jalan Gereja (also known as Church Street), it is an instantly recognisable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top. The interior of the cathedral has 200 year-old handmade pews, decorative fanlights and plaques that honour Dutch soldiers and locals. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Kota, Malacca
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    The Stadthuys

    Jalan Kota Melaka
    The Stadthuys

    A massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers, The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East. Built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort, The Stadthuys of Malacca was the focal point of several successive European governments for over 300 years, from its completion until 1980. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Thursday; 09:00 – 20:30 Friday – Sunday
    • Location: Circle intersection of Jalan Quayside, Jalan Laksamana, and Jalan Chan Koon Cheng
    • Tel: + 606 282 6526
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    St. Paul's Church

    Jalan Kota, Bukit St. Paul (St. Paul’s Hill)
    St. Paul's Church

    The largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China, Bukit Cina is the ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community. Also known as Chinese Hill, it has more than 12,500 graves and these days the 20ha hill is primarily used as a jogging track. The burial ground’s fame began with the marriage of Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca to the Ming emperor’s daughter, Princess Hang Liu.  Read More...

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    Situated approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Malacca town, the Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is one of the most visited attractions in Ayer Keroh. Also known as Taman Rama-Rama & Reptilia Melaka, it is home to a collection of animals ranging from beautiful butterflies to more than 20 species of snakes as well as lizards, crocodiles, colourful koi fish, not to mention a few prickly hedgehogs. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30 everyday
    • Location: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450
    • Tel: +606 232 0033
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    Melaka Sultanate Palace

    Set at the base of St. Paul’s Hill, the Melaka Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. 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. 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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    Menara Taming Sari

    Jalan Merdeka Banda Hilir
    Menara Taming Sari

    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. Read More...

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    Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

    Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
    Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

    Built in 1896, The Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum is a collection of three beautifully restored houses arranged to resemble a conventional 19th-century Baba-Nyonya residence. Excellent examples of Chinese-Palladian style, these townhouses were transformed into a traditional Peranakan museum in later years; connected by a common covered footway, the museum features hand-painted tiles, elaborately carved teakwood outer swing doors and a sturdier internal door which provides extra security. 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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    Taman Mini Malaysia & ASEAN

    Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is a cultural park where full-scale models of traditional Malaysian and ASEAN homes are built and open for visitors to explore. Similar to the Karyaneka Handicraft Centre in Kuala Lumpur, each house contains furnishings, fixtures and works of art depicting the culture of each state or country. Read More...

    • Opening Hours:
      Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.
    • Address: Leboh Ayer Keroh, 75450, ‎Melaka
    • Tel: +606 232 1331
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