Malacca City Attractions

What to See in Malacca City

Malacca is a small city with many eye-catching sights and attractive modern establishments. It is easy to get around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make it unique. You'll learn about the rich heritage and history which has shaped Malacca into the unofficial historic capital of Malaysia.

The most prominent contribution that Malacca has lent to the Malaysian cultural landscape is the Baba-Nyonya culture. Possessing an entirely new blend of customs, traditions, food and lifestyle, the Nyonya are especially prominent throughout Malacca. Although the city is a mix of old and new with historical buildings standing side by side with ultra modern shopping centres it retains this seamless blend of cultures.


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Coral Wonderland Malacca Coral Wonderland

Coral Wonderland Malacca is Malaysia’s first coral park, with Asia’s longest touch pool and the country’s longest coral aquarium. Suitable for both kids and adults with activities and quizzes all throughout the park! Read More...

 
Macau Gallery Macau Gallery

For a great introduction to the region of Macau, visit the Macau Gallery, which showcases little-known history and culture of the interesting country for all ages to enjoy. Read More...

Christ Church Christ Church

Christ Church is located close to Malacca’s Chinatown centre. Just down the road from the popular Jonker Street, it is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in the Stadthuys area. Read More...

 
Porta De Santiago (A’Famosa) A'Famosa Melaka

A'Famosa, 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. Read More...

 

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Malacca – Historic Cities Of The Straits Of Malacca

Many years ago Malacca was one of Malaysia’s most sought-after destinations. Before Kuala Lumpur transformed from a malaria-infested jungle into a polished high-rise capital, Malacca was one of the greatest trading ports in Southeast Asia. Over time it changed from a thriving port into a sleepy backwater city and lost its spot as a must-visit destination to its high-rolling cousins. Yet in recent years, Malacca has been revived as a top-pick holiday getaway due to its many historic attractions. Home of the well-known Nyonya cuisine, it’s a popular destination for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s unique heritage. Read More...

A’Famosa Melaka

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

Bukit Cina

Bukit Cina

Bukit Cina is the ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community. Also known as Chinese Hill, it is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves. Although it is primarily a graveyard for early Chinese settlers, the cemetery has about 20 Muslim tombs, too. The oldest grave in Bukit Cina is that of Tin Kap, the first Chinese kapitan (a mediatory position created by the Dutch East India Company which made it possible for them to rule the various ethnic communities). These days the 20ha hill is chiefly used as a jogging track. Read More...

Address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina, Melaka

Coral Wonderland Malacca

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
Price Range: Adults RM40, children under 12 RM30, senior citizens above 60 RM20

Christ Church Melaka

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

Dutch Square Malacca

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...

Hang Jebat Mausoleum

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. Read More...

Location: Jalan Kampung Kuli, Malacca

Macau Gallery

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 Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Malacca Proclamation of Independence Memorial displays records and photographs on the early history of the Malay Sultanate. It's divided into several sections, the memorial also houses an extensive timeline covering the country’s journey to independence and the development of modern Malaysia. Set up in 1912 in an elegant Dutch colonial mansion that used to house the Malacca Club making it the social centre of British colonial Melaka. Previous guests included novelist Somerset Maugham as well as an extensive selection of Malacca’s glitterati back in those days. The two golden onion domes flanking the top of the Proclamation of Independence Memorial’s portico beautifully embellish the already-stylish stark white stucco. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Tuesday – Sunday
Location: Kompleks Pelancongan, Jalan Parameswara
Tel: +606 284 1231

Masjid Tranquerah

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

Melaka Maritime Museum

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. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday; 09:00 – 21:00 Saturday & Sunday
Tel: +606 283 0926

Melaka Menara Taming Sari (Taming Sari Tower)

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...

Melaka Raya

Melaka Raya needs no introduction to Malacca’s urbanites and regular visitors, as it is well-known as the definitive one-stop destination for a plethora of dining, entertainment, shopping and accommodation options. The area is host to some of Malacca’s better bars and nightlife, plus it’s only a short walk to the historic centre and Chinatown. Regarded by some as Malacca’s core, this area consists of two shopping centers’, a medical centre, two serviced apartment hotels and a 5-Star international class hotel as well as a slew of banks, restaurants and sundry stores. Read More...

Melaka River

Melaka River was once dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’ by European seafarers. These days, it is a popular tourist attraction primarily because of the 45-minute River Cruise that takes you all the way to Kampung Morten, past Malacca town and the settlements and bridges along the riverbank. All in all, the Melaka River spans a distance of ten km. It is said to be the birthplace of Melaka because the Sumatran prince Parameswara founded Malacca sultanate here and built his palace on the east-bank of the river (at the foot of St. Paul’s Hill) in the 1400s. Read More...

Location: Malacca town Centre

Melaka Sultanate Palace

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

Perigi Hang Tuah

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, and a winning duel with Taming Sari, a warrior from the court of Majapahit. Born in Pulau Bentam, Sumatra, Hang Tuah was brought up in Kampong Duyong just 5 kilometers away along with his four good friends, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu, who were also warriors in the Sultan’s court. Being the Sultan’s favourite, Hang Tuah’s loyalty and determination to the Sultan is unquestionable. Read More...

Royal Malaysian Navy Museum

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

St. Francis Xavier Church

A domineering presence in the skyline of Malacca, this twin-spired neo-gothic structure was built on the site of an old Portuguese church by a French priest, Father Farvé, in 1856, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary also known as ‘Apostle of the East’. Located on Jalan Laksamana, the church’s finishing touches were completed in 1859 by Father Allard, with the present-day presbytery built in 1874. Read More...

St. John’s Fort

St. John’s Fort is located southwest of Bukit Cina. It was once a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist until it was rebuilt in the 18th century by the Dutch and turned into a fort to guard against land-based attacks from restive Malay forces. Sitting atop St. John’s Hill, about three km from Malacca town, the fort was also outfitted with gun embrasures facing the sea. Read More...

St. Paul’s Church

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...

Location: Jalan Kota, Bukit St. Paul (St. Paul’s Hill)

The Stadthuys

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. 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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