Jonker Street Attractions
What to See in Jonker Street
Jonker Street is a small street in Chinatown in the city centre. Along Jonker Street there aren’t a lot of sightseeing opportunities unless you count the noisy Chinese New Year song-and-dance show that takes place this time of year. In fact the only attraction worth getting a quick glimpse of is the historic mausoleum of Hang Jebat – named after the second most skilful of a band of five warriors. The exact age of this grave is unknown but its Acehnese design shows that Jebat was given a warrior’s burial despite his murderous rampage and inglorious death at the palace.
More Attractions in Jonker Street
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’. 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
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
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the most notable landmarks in Malacca. Set near the Hindu temple Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar along Jalan Hang Lekiu (in Jonker Street) this Chinese temple is billed as the oldest Buddhist place of worship in the country. Built in 1646, it is also known as the ‘Merciful Cloud Temple’. The temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy. A black, gold and red-robed statue of the goddess stands in the central prayer hall. Cheng Hoon Teng temple was constructed by Chan Lak Koa, son-in-law to Captain Li, Malacca’s second Chinese kapitan (a mediatory position created by the Dutch East India Company which made it possible for a non-white to govern Malacca’s diverse ethnic communities.) Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00
- Address: No. 25, Jalan To’kong 75200.
- Tel: +606 282 9343 or +606 282 2906
For years, 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. Situated idyllically by the Malacca River, the cafe often sees a line of eager diners and music enthusiasts queuing by the entrance, so we advise you to arrive before 21:00 to if you’re planning to catch the live band while enjoying your dinner. 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
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