Dutch Square, Melaka
There are some museums surrounding the square with Christ church as well, I couldn't visit one because II felt tired already.
The only museum I visited was inside the ship build to commemorate The Dutch Ship which sank in the Strait of Malacca during the Dutch Occupation of Melaka.
just across the Dutch Square and before the entrance to the Tan Kim Seng Bridge at the right pedestrial walkway part is a small Replica of a Dutch Windmill and a mini Dutch Garden. This Dutch Windmill is not part of the original Dutch Structures at Dutch Square and was just an addition to remember the dutch colonial past of Melaka and was built in the 1950's.
Dutch Square, besides being the main dropping off and fetching point of the hordes of tourists going on a day tour of Melaka (from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore), is the administrative and political center of Dutch Melaka, which was the longest occupier of Melaka. The well preserved Dutch Square was built in the 1660's by the dutch to house the offices and quarters of the Dutch Governor (The Stadhuys) and officials. This area also has a Queen Victoria Fountain, built in 1904 by the British, the Christ Church, built in 1753 (was a Dutch Reformed Church but was rebuilt into an Anglican Church by the British) and the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower (which was built in 1886 to honor a prominent Melakan Chinese Philantropist).
Besides these historic sites, the Square also hosts lots of souvenir shops, stalls, restaurant in the area and along Jalan Laksamana and Jalan Gereja and lots of Trishaw drivers that entice tourists to ride them.
Across the road from Dutch Square there is a little ornamental windmill. There is also a new walkway along the river lined with cafes, restaurants and psychadelic buildings (see later tips). There is also the remains of a fort or possibly part of the original city walls. It affords views over the river and towards the waterwheel and has several canons that are just crying out for someone to sit on them and get their photo taken. My husband willingly obliged.
Dutch Square is one of, if not the, most famous sight in Melaka. Both times I have visited it I have been a little disappointed. The first time because it was surrounded by so much traffic. This time it was surrounded by wall to wall trishaws and hundreds of tourists and roaring traffic. However, it is a must see place.
Most of the buildings here are a striking bright shade of pink. There's the Stadthuys - the former townhall, now a museum. This was being renovated and was covered up during our visit. There's the lovely old Christ Church. This was formerly the Dutch Reformed Church of Melaka. It is the oldest surviving Dutch church found outside the Netherlands.We peeked inside, but there was a service going on so we could not wander around. The inside was rather simple and plain as you would expect from a Dutch Protestant Church.
There's the Youth and Art Museum.
In the centre of the square there is a fountain built by the British to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. Her face adorns the fountain. There's also a clock tower which was built in 1886 in honor of a generous Chinese tycoon named Tan Beng Swee. Apparently the clock inside was replaced with a Japanese clock.
There were lots of stalls in this area.
Across the main road there was a windmill next to the river and the bridge leading to Jonker's Walk.
Stadhuys Square is also known as Dutch Square as it is located next to the two most important buildings from the Dutch era: The Christ Church and the town hall (Stadhuys). The fountain with the statue of Queen Victoria in the middle is an addition from the British era and was unveiled in 1904. The clock tower was originally British as well, but was rebuilt by a Chinese in 1886 and the clockwork was replaced in the meanwhile by a Japanese one. A couple of commemorative plaques and inscriptions are visible traces from the Dutch East India company (VOC) and the British Empire.
Today, most tourists start their journey through Melaka at Dutch Square which means that it is full of tourists and stalls selling souvenirs, postcards, canned drinks and othern tourist stuff.
Dutch Square is known for Christ Church and Stadthuys, however it has many other tourist attractions.
The Fountain in the centre of the square is beautiful and surrounded by nice landscaping. Erected by the British during 1904 in memory of the late Queen Victoria. The fountain has four bas-relief images of the Queen's face.
Close to the Fountain is the impressive Clock Tower.
This ornate fountain lies in the middle of the small square outside the Stadthuys and Christ Church. It was erected in 1904 by the people of Malacca to commemorate Her Majesty's 60th anniversary on the British throne (1837-1901).
This clock tower outside the Stadthuys was given to the people of Malacca in 1886 by Mr Tan Jiak Kim to fulfil the wishes of his father, Tan Beng Swee, who was a third generation of a Chinese philantrophic millionaire family. Tan Beng Swee, was the son of Tan Kim Seng who donated both the bridge adjacent to the clocktower and land for the Chinese cemetery. The original clock was imported from England. When the clock was replaced by one from Seiko in 1982, it caused an uproar among the senior citizens of Malacca who still recall the harsh treatment they suffered during Japan occupation.
The Malacca Town Square, also known as the Dutch Square, is one of the best recognised places in Malacca, almost a Malacca icon in the same mould as the Porta de Santiago. Around the Town Square are all the major Malacca landmarks. This includes the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower, the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain, the old General Post Office (now the Youth Museum) and biggest of them all, the Stadthuys.
All the buildings here wear a coat of maroon paint, giving the square a decidedly foreign feel not found anywhere else in Malaysia. Unlike popular perception, however, the buildings were not originally painted maroon as you see today. Instead they were faced with bricks. When the authorities discovered the brick façade leaks, they covered it with plaster and painted it white. Later, in the 1920s, the British changed the colour to a bright salmon red. The present local authorities darkened the colour further, so now the buildings have a maroon colour.
Erected in 1886, it allowed the town folks to better keep track of time. Known as the Red Clock Tower or Tan Beng Swee clock tower, the original British clocks were replaced by a Japanese brand Seiko. Why? Guess maybe it worked better.
Like what my mother would always say, old items are like fine wine. It never spoils! I bet you my mother must be talking about the Queen Victoria's fountain built in 1904. Built to commemorate Her Majesty's 60th anniversary on the British throne, the fountain design was what you'd expect to see in Europe, rather than in a lovely Malaysian town.
Well, if you're wondering what is written on the plaque, here're the wordings:-
Erected by the
people of Malacca
in memory of a
The clock towers is located in Dutch Square but it is isn't actually one of the Dutch buildings. The tower was actually donated in 1886 by a millionaire long after the original Dutch buildings were constructed.
If you look behind and to the right of the tower you can just see the Christ Church which was built in 1753.
At the far right of the picture is the Stadthuys which was built between 1641 and 1660 and is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. It was used as the town hall and governor's residence.
This lovely square reflects the Dutch influence on Melaka and it is considered the central point of town. You will see Stadhuys, Christ Church as well as the clock tower, the fountain and the small windmill. The square is always crowded with tourists. This is the first place to start your tour in Melaka.
Situated next to the Malacca river. A Gothic style church with two tall towers. Built in 1849 Reverend Farve from France. This church is dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier, in his missionary work spreading Catholicism to South East Asia in 16th century. The statue of this Saint can be seen on Saint Paul's Hill [see my Saint Paul's must see activities]