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Melaka: UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are several historical attractions that make Melaka a unique place in Asia. Even before the arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1511, this small fishing hamlet was prized as a trading port and had its fair share of invaders even from as far as Vietnam.

The historical city of Melaka was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008 and to take advantage of some of the sights, you can take a leisurely walk to discover them.

Jonkers Walk Night Market

The night bazaar at Jonker’s Street takes place every weekend from Friday to Sunday and is a great place to soak up the atmosphere. In the day, Jonker’s Street is bustling with antique hunters out to pick up a bargain.

Our Lady of the Hill (St. Paul’s Church)

This centuries old Church is a must visit for history buffs. The body of revered Jesuit priest, St. Francis Xavier, was interned here for while before it was brought to its final resting place in Goa, India. A marble statue of this Saint can be found at the front of the old Church.

St.John’s Fort

A Dutch colonial era fort built in the later part of the 18th century to guard against raiders from the peninsula. The fort itself is dedicated to John the Baptist and can be found adjacent to St. Paul’s Church.

Stadthuys

This former Dutch governor’s residence houses the local museum that is rich with historical artifacts found in Melaka. The Stadthuys has three museums: the History Museum, the Ethnography Museum and the Literature Museum. These are open to the public from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily except on Fridays when they close from 12.15 p.m. until 2.45 p.m. for lunch and Friday prayers.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Built in 17th century, Chen Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in existence in Malaysia. When it was constructed, the temple only had a prayer hall and over the years, much was done to elevate its status as one of the grandest temples in the country.

Kampung Kling Mosque

Reputed to be one of the most unusual Mosque found in Malaysia, it as it has no Minaret or Moorish influences in its design. Built by Moslem traders from India, Kampung Kling Mosque is conceptualized with both western and eastern influences as can be seen by the Pagoda like structure and western style Corinthian columns found around the arcade area of the prayer halls.

Sri Poyyatha Vinayager Moorthi Temple

Erected in 1781, this Hindu temple is the oldest in Malaysia and is dedicated to the deity Vinayagar or Ganesha as it is more commonly known. Built by Chittys who originated from Tamil Nadu, India with land award to them by the Dutch. It sits along the same stretch as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Kampung Kling Mosque.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

This museum exhibits a beautiful and unique range of the Baba and Nyonya heritage such as Baba-Nyonya traditional costume, antique furnitures and wood-work art. Chinese of noble descendants have adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs. The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, or better known as the Millionaire’s Row. The design of these houses clearly shows the mixture of culture between the east and the west.

Malacca River Cruise

The river was the main artery of trade for Melaka in its heyday when it was bustling with traders from all around the world. Some buildings from that era still stand majestically by the river, which is also lined by old villages, or kampungs, and modern day buildings. Hop on a 45-minute cruise accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary to appreciate and indulge in the setting.

Menara Taming Sari

Menara Taming Sari offers you a spectacular and panaromic view of Historical Malacca City and afar with a host of interesting sights such as St Paul’s Hill, Independence Memorial Building, Samudera Museum and the ship, Flor De La Mar, Malacca River, Dataran Pahlawan, Pulau Selat Mosque, Pulau Besar and the Straits of Malacca.

Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

Historical records reveal that Ming Dynasty’s Admiral Cheng Ho visited Malacca at least five times during his famous seven voyages to the Western Ocean. Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is a journey back in time browsing through the displays depicting the life and times of Admiral Cheng Ho and taking a peek at his lifestyle while browsing through the Tea House and Treasure Ship Living Cabin.