Unique Places in Melaka

  • View from the top of the hill.
    View from the top of the hill.
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  • Colourful trees shelter the graves.
    Colourful trees shelter the graves.
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  • Picturesque headstone.
    Picturesque headstone.
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Melaka

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    St Peter's Church

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    This church was quite near our hotel and we visited it on our final morning just before heading off to the bus station. It is very close to the Ramada Hotel.

    Outside the church there was a sculpture showing Jesus walking on water and Peter the apostle leaving his fishing boat to walk towards Jesus.

    St. Peter’s Church is the oldest functioning Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia.

    In 1641 when Melaka was captured by the Dutch there was a period of persecution of the Catholic population in Melaka by the Protestant Dutch. Churches were destroyed and Catholics were not permitted to have their own cemeteries or even to pray in their own homes. Priests could not preach or care for their flock. In 1703, the Portuguese and the Dutch formed an alliance in the war of the Spanish Succession, because of this alliance the Dutch began to adopt a softer approach towards the Portuguese Catholics in Melaka. Thus, in 1710 St. Peter’s Church was built on a piece of land donated by a Dutchman named Maryber Franz Amboer. One of St Peter's bells was cast in Goa in 1608.

    The church was wonderfully peaceful inside.

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    The Sultan's Well

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    The Sultan's Well is right next to Poh San Teng Temple. It was constructed in the fifteenth century during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah. He built it for his wife who is believed to have been a princess from China.

    The well is rumoured to never dry out even in the severest of droughts. During the Portuguese occupation the well served as the main source of drinking water for Melaka. However, during a siege in 1551, Johore forces poisoned the well, causing the deaths of over 200 Portuguese soldiers.

    During the Dutch occupation walls were built around the well. The square holes in the walls are for guns while the round ones are for transferring water outside the walls through chutes.

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    Po San Teng Temple.

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    This little Chinese temple lies at the foot of Bukit China. It was built in1795. It contains images of Kuan Yin - goddess of mercy.

    We were interested in a collection of newspaper articles displayed in the temple. These provided information about the local authorities trying to destroy parts of Bukit China in various road widening initiatives. They also described damage that had been done to several of the graves. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Association have so far thwarted all attempts to damage the cemetery.

    Thee were some rather sleepy looking fruit sellers outside the temple.

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    Bukit China

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    On our first afternoon in Melaka we set out to explore Bukit China as it was not far from our hotel.

    In the middle of the 15th century the Sultan of Melaka decided to cement relations with China by marrying the Ming Emperor's daughter. When she arrived in Melaka, she brought her huge retinue with her and they built their residences on Bukit China, which has been a Chinese area ever since. Bukit China nowadays is covered with an extensive Chinese cemetery.

    As we climbed up the hill, we passed some miniatures of several of Melaka's famous sights. There were several large horseshoe shaped graves which are apparently the graves of former Kapitan China - the heads of the Chinese communities during colonial times. Many of the graves were quite ornate with fine carvings and small lion statues standing guard over them.

    From the top of the hill there are pretty views over Melaka. The Bukit China area has several paths through the graves. These are often lined with colourful trees. People make use of this area as an exercise ground where they can go jogging or running. I found the area very tranquil and interesting.

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    Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    I don't know the name of this temple but it's close to the Wah Teck Kiong Temple, just down the little road that ran between where I stayed at called the Tang House and the Old Nanyang bar off Jalan Tokong in Chinatown.

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    Ancient Megalith Stones & tomb

    by stimix Written Apr 8, 2009

    Well, this complex actually not part of Malacca. It's actually located at Pengkalan Kempas, Negeri Sembilan which is on the OLD truck road to Port Dickson before the completion of Linggi bridge.

    I have written another separate review on this long forgotten complex even locals don't even know its exist here:

    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/ab9e9/139c0b/

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    malacca by night

    by aalayaa Written Aug 24, 2008

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    malacca by night looked really beautiful. better than during the day.
    like in the photo, it was along malacca river by night. when i came again the next day during the day, it wasn't as stunning as during the night

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    Dataran Pahlawan

    by pres_16 Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    I was surprised to see this name of a mall in downtown Melaka. In the Philippines, it's Palawan (without the H) - a name of a place with lots of majestic spots.

    For my update, I uploaded one more pix taken from my recent visit.

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    Souvenir..

    by luhweitze Written Sep 5, 2007

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    There is a Orang Utans house at the area of the jonker walk. This shop sell all type of creative decoration's T-Shirt in reasonable price. If you dont feel like buying the T-shirt. then you can have a look with the paintings.

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    A' Famosa Water World

    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    A' Famosa Water World is rated as the largest theme park in Malaysia. Especially designed for family recreation, the 20-acre Water World is fully equipped with international standard facilities.

    The high-speed water slides are fun. The Wave Pool gives a feeling of a beach away from the beach. You can also enjoy the longest Lazy River in the world, the highly exciting High Speed Slides and the Arabian Village.

    Opening Hours
    Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday: 11am - 7pm
    Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9am - 8pm
    Closed on Tuesday except Public & School Holidays

    Park Admission
    Adult: RM23
    Children: RM18

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    D-Paradise

    by chiabh Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    The full name of the resort is D-Paradise Tropical Fruit World and Aboriginal Native Village. It claimed to have the world's largest collections of tropical, landscaped garden full of fun, adventure and discovery. You can visit the fruits orchard, smell them, and fall into a fruity dream. One of the many "must see" attractions is the unique, authentic live aboriginal village. Here you can live amongst the natives and discover how they hunt by blow-pipe, cook their food, make handicrafts, find medicinal herbs in the jungle and join in their culture dances.

    As a day trip will not do justice to the resort, there are 4 types of accommodation available ie D-Paradise The Island Manager, D'CEO Village, Camp David Island and also camping grounds for the rough and tough...

    All comprehensive details can be obtained form its website...

    D-Paradise is about an hour drive from Melaka and an hour and a half from Kuala Lumpur using the NS Highways...

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    A’Famosa Safari

    by mary2u99 Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    This 150 acres safari has more than 1,000 animals including Sumatran Tigers, Orang Utans, Elephants, Chimpanzees, Cape Giraffes and various types of birds mainly from Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.
    Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to see, learn and take photos of these animals.

    You can watch animal show :
    Elephant show 10:15am and 4.30pm
    Multi Animal show 11:20am and 3.00pm
    Bird show 11:20am and 3.45pm
    Wild Wild West show 2:15pm

    Park Admission
    Adult: RM35
    Children: RM25

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    The Mall

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    When you think of Melaka, first words that come to mind is, it’s beautiful but an old town. Roaming around town made me realize, surprisingly, that it’s not just a home of history and past events, but, it’s a combination of history and modern day times. Like this big mall I found at downtown Melaka, it speaks of the continuing progress and effort to be a fully industrialized city.

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    Tengkera Mosque

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Seen this one on our way back to KL coming from Melaka proper. Attracted by its green painting, it kept me wondering what it was until I found out it was a mosque. This state mosque has a different architecture, a 150 year old Sumatran inspired architecture.

    Located at Jalan Tengkera, Melaka.

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    Melaka Most Active Exhibition Centre

    by Azri_Azmi Written Nov 29, 2006

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    While in Melaka, beside visiting historical and popular hot tourist spots, you may check out the M.I.T.C (Melaka International Trade Centre) Hall in Ayer Keroh to see what exhibition is being held there at that time.

    M.I.T.C always hosting medium sizes exhibition and some are large even. Usually the event or exhibition held here will be promoted widely across Melaka by promo banner.

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