Places to Visit in Malacca
Firmly rooted as Malaysia's historical city, visiting Malacca is like a journey back in time to witness the adventures and discoveries during Malacca's golden age.
Today, there are many historical sites to visit that give you a glimpse of Malacca's glorious past. This is balanced with other modern attractions such as water theme parks and cultural parks.
Although the remains of Porta De Santiago – built by the Portuguese as a fortress in 1511 – are nothing more than a quick photo stop, it is a must for anyone visiting Malacca. The Dutch destroyed most of the fort but what remains today was saved by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1810. The Romanesque architecture as well as the cool breezes wafting through the ruined walls will make your exploration a pleasant one. Read More...
Approximately 24km north of Melaka, a little off the road to Kuala Lumpur, is the countryside town of Alor Gajah. The peaceful and grassy Alor Gajah Square – surrounded by a series of cheerily painted shop houses – is located in the town centre. Read More...
- Address: A'Famosa Resort, Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, 78000 Alor Gajah.
- Tel: (603) 2781 8888
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. 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
The ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community, Bukit Cina – also known as Chinese Hill – is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves as well as 20 Muslim tombs. Read More...
- Address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina, Melaka.
Famed for its antiques, especially along Jalan Hang Jebat and Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock where there are many specialist outlets, Malacca is commonly referred to as Malaysia’s unofficial historic capital. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30 everyday
- Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450.
- Tel: (606) 232 0033
Founded in the early 14th century by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince, Malacca quickly became a key port of call for merchants playing the routes between India and China– once the two greatest markets of the world back then. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Address: No. 25, Jalan To’kong 75200.
- Tel: (606) 282 9343 or (606) 282 2906
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. 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
- How to get there: Adults RM40, children under 12 RM30, senior citizens above 60 RM20
D-Paradise is a concept tropical fruit and aboriginal village cum retreat in Malacca. This park has a host of attractions, while being conveniently located near the highway. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday To Sunday: 9:00 - 18:00 Closed: Monday (Hotel will remain open)
- Address: 63, Jalan Solok Uban, Kampung Brisu, Lubuk China, Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 552 8010
Dutch Square is Malacca’s most picturesque spot on the riverfront along Jalan Kota. A favourite 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. Read More...
- Location: Malacca Town Centre
Freeport A'Famosa Outlet is the biggest shopping mall in Alor Gajah, housing more than 70 international fashion, sports, and accessories brands at great rates. Located just outside the main entrance of A’Famosa Resort, this open-air outlet village is a pleasant stopover for those travelling to Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage Site from Kuala Lumpur.
Spanning over 16,000 square metres, Freeport A'Famosa Outlet pays homage to Malacca’s European heritage by featuring Dutch colonial-style architecture, complete with a lake with water fountains and a massive windmill. There are also complimentary strollers, tricycles, and carousel rides for travellers with young children. Other facilities available at Freeport A'Famosa Outlet include free parking spaces, prayer rooms, free wheelchairs, and ATMs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Alor Gajah
- Tel: +606 552 8961
Hang Jebat was once the second most skilful member of a band of five warriors, who was unceremoniously killed in a duel of honour by his best friend Hang Tuah. His mausoleum is located along Jalan Hang Jebat near Jonker Street. Read More...
- Address: Jalan Kampung Pantai Melaka, 75200.
- Tel: (606) 283 6538
Hard Rock Cafe has been the brand name that brings together awesome live music and great American favourites such as cheeseburgers and fries. Continuing the tradition is Hard Rock Cafe Malacca, and by the looks of it, this 9,000sqft double-storey building is on its way of turning into one of the hottest spots to hit in this once-sleepy UNESCO World Heritage City. Read More...
- Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 – 01:00;
Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday 11:30 – 02:00 (kitchen closes at 22:30)
- Address: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca
- Tel: +606 292 5188
Macau Gallery, situated in Bukit Peringgit in Malacca, is a double-storey complex showcasing the best of Macau for those who would like to know more about this interesting region. Lying on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, Macau was formerly administered by Portugal and shares a lot of similarities with Malacca in terms of culture and architecture, and while it is mostly known as gambling central, Macau has a lot more to offer, especially for history and culture aficionados. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
- Address: 6, Bukit Peringgit, Malacca
- Tel: +606 286 9939
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
Built in 1990 and housed in a faithful recreation of the Flora de la Mar, a Portugese galleon that sank off the coast of Malacca, the Maritime Museum certainly merits a visit. Scuttle up for an in-depth look into Malacca’s history via old maps, scale-model ships, weaponry and nautical-related accessories and relics. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30
- Address: Jalan Merdeka
- Tel: (606) 283 0926
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. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Tengkerah
A traditional art form and an integral part of Malaysian culture, batik is any type of fabric imprinted with colourful patterns through the application of wax and dye. A creative medium appreciated by many, if you’re keen on learning and purchasing some pieces then we know the perfect place: Melaka Batik House. Situated in Ayer Keroh, it is in the vicinity of Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), so follow the signs leading to MITC if you’re driving. Parking spaces are aplenty, and it is surrounded by other local attractions – the Melaka International Bowling Centre and Melaka Planetarium are some that are within walking distance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00 daily
- Address: PT 15251, Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), Ayer Keroh, Malacca
- Tel: +606 232 3900
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 in the world to house the largest 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 perching 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
Melaka Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens – formerly known as the Hutan Rekreasi Ayer Keroh – was established in 2006 and is encircled by a forest that contains over 300 species of fauna and flora. The cheesy yet cute thing about this park is the collection of giant stone carvings of prehistoric animals – that were indigenous to this area – scattered all around the park.
- Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450
- Tel: (606) 231 6095
One of the largest crocodile farm in the country, the Malaccan farm has over 200 crocodiles of various species including the Siamese, African Dwarf, Humpback and Indian Marsh.
Covering an area of 3.2 hectares, visitors can view the crocodiles from suspended platforms and watch them whip themselves into a feeding frenzy during feeding hours. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00
- Address: Pusat Pelancongan Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 232 2349
The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of a Sultan’s palace during the ruling era of Sultan Mansur Shah. Housing a cultural museum, it was built based on description taken from the Malay annals of the original 15th Century palace. Apart from the building’s unique design and ornate wood carvings, visitors can also marvel at the numerous dioramas portraying the true palace atmosphere of the era. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Open: 09:00 – 17:30 Everyday
- Location: Jalan Kota
- Tel: (606) 282 7464
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
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. 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)
Kids will enjoy the luxuriantly landscaped Melaka Zoo, the second-largest zoo in the country. With more than 1,200 animals of over 200 different species, it is also the first in the region to display the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros of Gaur and serves as a centre for conservation breeding and wildlife study. The best time to go is at night when the nocturnal animals are up and about. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 everyday
- Address: Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450.
- Tel: (606) 232 4053
The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was built in 1912. Visitors will be able to view a collection of exhibits – displayed in chronological order and divided into several sections – including manuscripts, videotapes and other audio and visual collections which all document Malaysia’s struggle to achieve its independence from the British colonial rule. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 everyday; 09:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 18:00 Friday
- Location: Beside A’Famosa fort and the Melaka Sultanate Palace
- Tel: (606) 284 1231
The Royal Malaysian Navy Museum is right across the street from the Melaka Maritime Museum. It displays the salvaged remains of 19th century ships that foundered or sank in the Melaka Straits. Originally sited in Lumut it is also known as the Muzium Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 (closed 12:15 – 14:45 Friday)
- Location: Jalan Kotan
- Tel: +606 283 0926
The Fort was originally built as a chapel by the Portuguese but it was eventually renovated into a fort by the Dutch.
Sitting on top a hill, the fort is unique in the sense that it was built to defend from inland invaders, rather than the sea. Hence, the canons are faced rather awkwardly towards inland as visitors shall see. Read More...
- Address: Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 Malacca Town
This imposing salmon-pink town hall and governor’s residence is Malacca’s most instantly recognizable landmark. Believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East, it was built shortly after Malacca was captured by the Dutch in 1641. Visit the extensive History & Ethnography Museum, Governor Museum, Admiral Cheng Ho Gallery, Democratic Rule Museum and the Literature Museum. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Saturday – Thursday and 09:00 – 12.15; 14:45 – 17:30 Friday
- Location: Town Square
- Tel: (606) 282 6526
- Tour Available: Dutch Heritage Trails of Malacca
The story of the ultimate Malacca warrior, Hang Tuah, is the stuff of legends. Faithfully serving Sultan Mansur back in the 15th century, this infamous historical figure had an exemplary record of achievements, which include successfully warding off advances from Siam and Acheh. Read More...
The ruins of St. Paul’s Church are at the summit of St. Paul's Hill. Built on the site of the last Malaccan sultan’s istana (palace), it was constructed by Portuguese fidalgo (nobleman) captain, Duarte Coelho, in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for saving his life during a storm at sea. Read More...
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. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Tokong Emas
Located in Ayer Keroh, the Taman Mini ASEAN is a theme park dedicated to showcasing the culture of Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia.
Visitors can view replicas of traditional Malaysian houses and other Southeast countries as well as handicrafts, costumes and models of world-famous monuments and scenery. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
- Address: Leboh Ayer Keroh, 75450, Melaka
- Tel: (606) 232 1331
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