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    The Dutch's Governor's Museum

    by machomikemd Written Jun 27, 2014

    Just a few steps away from St. Paul Church Ruins is the Dutch's Governor's Museum (Muzium Yang Di-Pertua Negeri) which was formerly the House of the Dutch Governor of Melaka, which was built during after 1641, along with the Dutch Square to house the Offices of the Administrators and the Governor and Vice Governor of Melaka. It was still used during the British Period and up to Malay Indepence era to house Melaka's Governor (or chief minister as the governor was called during the independence era) up to 1996, after which it was converted in a museum that houses various artifacts, personal items, portraits, costumes and other official regalia of the Melakan Governors from the Dutch Times to the Present.

    the Buidling is connected to the Stadhuys by a small cul de sac exiting to Jalan Kota and stairs coming down to Dutch Square via the Musuem of History and Ethnography.

    opens: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm daily except monday
    admission fee: RM5.00 for adults and RM2.00 for children

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    Replica of Melaka Sultan Palace and Museum

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 27, 2014

    Just after the A Famosa Fortress Gate of Porta De Santiago, there are 3 places to go!

    turn right and you will see the Declaration of Independence Memorial at Jalan Parameswana,

    turn left and you climb to the steps to St Paul Hill and Church

    proceeding straight along Jalan Kota is the Giant Reconstruction of the Last Malay Sultanate Palace which also doubles as a Musuem of the Malay side of the History of Melaka, from the ancient hindu-buddhist past of it as part of the Sri-Vijaya and Madjapahit Empire up to the Sultanate Period.

    The musuem is divided into 8 chambers and 3 galleries in 3 different floors and inside there are lots of items on display on the Malay Past of Melaka, ranging from photographs, weaponry, drawings, musical instruments and gifts from foreign emissaries.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday except mondays
    entrance: RM 2 for adults and RM 1 for children.

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    Dutch Graveyards

    by machomikemd Written Jun 27, 2014

    Around the Periphery of the St Paul Church Ruins are several dutch tombs and there is even a dutch graveyard located a few steps at the back of the church where the dutch started burying their dead starting in 1670 up to 1838. during the british times, they also buried people here so that there are actually more british people buried there (33 against 5) while the tombs around the church were mostly dutch and the tombs at the church itself were portuguese.

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    St. Paul Hill (Malacca Hill)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    This will be the separate tip of the famous St. Paul Hill, where the ruins of St. Paul Church is located. the hill is also known as Malacca Hill and was developed extensively by the Portuguese, starting in 1511 and they renamed it Monti Ali Maria or Mary's Hill. The A Famosa Fortress provides a wall of stone before to protect the hill and the Old City of Melaka from the attacks of the Dutch and the Johore Sultanate. There are several trails from the Dutch Square, A Famosa Fortress and the Musuems Below going to St. Paul's Hill and besides trhe Church and the dutch cemetery, you will have wonderful and panoramic views of Melaka and Malacca Strait from the top.

    there are also souvenir shops around the hill!

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    Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    The Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan is the Declaration of Independence Memorial, which is also a musuem that is situated between Jalan Merdeka and Jalan Kota, just beside the A Famosa (Porta De Santiago) fortress. The Buidling was formerly The Club Malacca Building, built in 1912 by the British and was renovated and became the Declaration of Independence Memorial Musuem in August 31, 1985. the museum contains memorabilia and records which are categorised into several sections, from the early Malay Sultanate, the foreign invasion of the Portugese, Dutch and British colonizers, the short Japanese ruling, the various efforts towards declaration of independence of Malaya and the government formation after the independence of Malaya.

    The Musuem is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday except monday.

    admission is free (unlike in most musuems in Melaka)

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    Kota Melaka (middleburg bastion)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 26, 2014

    there are many fort ruins along the Old City of Melaka, Besides having a famous A Famosa and the Dutch Fort, there is also the Kota Melaka or the Malay Fort, located beside the Melaka River Cruise Entrance and Melaka Tourism Center along the intersections of Jalan Kota and Jalan Merdeka.

    the Ruins of the Fort is a combination of the Portuguese Fort which was erected on the Ruins of the Old Malayan Wooden Fort located at the excavations below (the Wooden fort was destroyed in 1511 when the portuguese captured Melaka and they rebuilt this fort in the Portuguese Design). Admission is free and you can walk around the area too.

    It was only recently excavated in 2007.

    Jalan Kota street is named due to the start of the street at the Kota Melaka and ends near the A Famosa (both forts, hence the name Jalan Kota as Kota is Fort in Bahasa Malaysia).

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    Christ Church Melaka

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    the most photographed and the most popular and the most sought after attraction in Melaka (this is the picture you would see in travel brochures and tour company day tour pictures of Melaka) is undoubtedly Christ Church!

    This Small Church was built in 1753 by the dutch to replace the ruined formerly Roman Catholic St. Paul's Church in Saint Paul's Hill. The Church was part of the Dutch Reformed Church (a protestant sect) but when the control of Melaka was ceded to the british in 1824, the church was then turned into an Anglican Church in 1838 as Anglican was the State Religion of the British Empire.

    This Church is still functioning and if you are an Aglican, they still have Mass services everyday and during Sunday and this Church is under the West Malaysian Anglican Diocese.

    You can enter inside and the church is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    according to wikipedia:

    The Dutch conquest of Malacca from the Portuguese Empire in 1641 saw the proscription of Roman Catholicism and the conversion of existing churches to Dutch Reformed use. The old St. Paul's Church at the summit of St. Paul Hill was renamed the Bovenkerk (High Church) and used as the main parish church of the Dutch community.

    In 1741, in commemoration of the centenary of the capture of Malacca from the Portuguese, the Dutch burgher community decided to build a new church to replace the aging Bovenkerk. The foundation stone was laid by the Malacca born Captain of the Malacca Burghers, Abraham de Wind, on behalf of his father, Claas de Wind, a prominent Burgher who had been the Secunde (Deputy Governor) of Malacca. The church was completed 12 years later in 1753 and replaced the Bovenkerk as the primary Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Malacca.[2][3]

    With the signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, possession of Malacca was transferred to the British East India Company and in 1838, the church was re-consecrated with the rites of the Church of England by the Rt. Rev. Daniel Wilson, the Anglican Bishop of Calcutta and renamed Christ Church. The maintenance of the church was taken over by the Government of the Straits Settlements in 1858.[4]

    Originally painted white, the church and the neighbouring Stadthuys building was painted red in 1911 and this distinctive colour scheme has remained the hallmark of Malacca's Dutch-era buildings since.

    Architecture[edit]

    The church is built in Dutch Colonial architecture style and is laid out in a simple rectangle of 82 feet (25 m) by 42 feet (13 m). The ceiling rises to 40 feet (12 m) and is spanned by wooden beams, each carved from a single tree. The roof is covered with Dutch tiles and the walls were raised using Dutch bricks built on local laterite blocks then coated with Chinese plaster. The floors of the church are paved with granite blocks originally used as ballast for merchant ships.[4]

    The original Dutch windows were reduced and ornamented after the British takeover of Malacca and the porch and vestry were built only in the mid-19th century

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    Queen Victoria Fountain

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    Another relative Addition to Dutch Square which is not part of Dutch Melaka structures is the Queen Victoria Fountain, situated at the Middle of the Square, just beside the Tan Beng Siew Clock Tower. This fountain was built by the British East India Company (who then govern Malaysia and Singapore) in 1901 to commemorate the the diamond jubilee of the longest reigning British Monarch (from 1837 to 1901). It is one of the last vestiges of British Colonial Markers in Malaysia and is a wonderful photo op and selfie picture spot.

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    Tan Kim Seng Bridge

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    the Grandfather of Prominent Malacca Straits Chinese Businessman Mr Tan Jiak Kim . Mr. Tan Kim Seng, who was born and raised in Melaka in 1805 and ultimately became rich due to his businesses in Melaka and Tamasek (Singapore) and Shanghai, Mr Tan Kim Seng donated many structures both here in Melaka and Singapore and one of them is the Tan Kim Seng Bridge, that connects the Old Chinatown to the Dutch Square and it straddles the Melaka River.

    The Bridge Connects Jalan Laksamana to the Intersections of Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Lorong Hang Hebat.

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    Tan Beng Swee Clocktower

    by machomikemd Written Jun 26, 2014

    The Famous Tan Beng Swee Clocktower was a fairly new addition to the Dutch Square as it was not part of the original Structures there. The Clocktower was actually a gift of the famous wealthy Malacca Straits Chinese Businessman Tan Jiak Kim, who had businesses in Malacca and Singapore, to the residents of Malacca in 1886 during the British Period, reportedly to honor the wishes of his father Tan Beng Swee, as their family were prominent philandtropists and businessmen in the Straits of Malacca Area (Malacca and Singapore). His grandfather, Tan Kim Seng, made the family wealthy and also donated the nearby bridge connecting the Dutch Square to the Jonkers Walk in Chinatown, which was named Tan Kim Seng Bridge.

    according to: melakaredclocktower.wordpress.com/.../tan-beng-swee-clock-tower-mela...

    which some users here in Virtual Tourist just copied and pasted, too lazy to write their own article,

    The Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower outside the Stadthuys was given to the people of Malacca in 1886 by Mr Tan Jiak Kim to fulfil the desires 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 nearby to the clocktower and land for the Chinese cemetery.


    The Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower outside the Stadthuys was provided to individuals of Malacca in 1886 by Mr Tan Jiak Kim to fulfil the wishes of his father, Tan Beng Swee, who was a 3rd generation of a Chinese philantrophic millionaire family. Tan Beng Swee, was the son of Tan Kim Seng who contributed both the bridge surrounding to the clocktower and land for the Chinese cemetery. The initial clock was imported from England. When the clock was changed by one from Seiko in 1982, it caused an uproar amongst the senior citizens of Malacca who still recall the harsh treatment they suffered during Japan occupation. This Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower, it looks Dutch, however it is not.

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    Jonker Street: Peranakan Heritage

    by machomikemd Written Jun 25, 2014

    Melaka is a major trading port and during the early 15th century after admiral cheng ho made stopovers to Melaka, it started an influx of Chinese People going to Melaka and beyond to start a business and this is the beginning of the so called straits chinese (from the straits of malacca) and one eduring heritage that can be seen in many old houses and restaurants in Melaka is the intermarriage of trhe Chinese People to local Malays and the Peranakan Heritage Started.

    You will see various Peranakan Houses that stand out in Jonker Street and the streets around it as these houses have a typical portugues or dutch style design. there are also peranakan restaurants and even a Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, which is about two blocks away from Jonker Street.

    according to wikipedia:

    Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of the 15th through 17th-century Chinese immigrants to the Indonesian archipelago and British Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore).[3]

    Members of this community in Melaka, Malaysia address themselves as "Nyonya Baba". Nyonya is the term for the women and Baba for the men. It applies especially to the ethnic Chinese populations of the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java and other locations, who have adopted Nusantara customs — partially or in full — to be somewhat assimilated into the local communities. Many were the elites of Singapore, more loyal to the British than to China. Most have lived for generations along the straits of Malacca and most have a lineage where intermarriage with the local Indonesians and Malays have taken place. They were usually traders, the middleman of the British and the Chinese, or the Chinese and Malays, or vice versa because they were mostly English educated. Because of this, they almost always had the ability to speak two or more languages. In later generations, some lost the ability to speak Chinese as they became assimilated to the Malay Peninsula's culture and started to speak Malay fluently as a first or second language.

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    Jonker Walk (Jalan Hang Jebat)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 25, 2014

    most people used Jonker Walk or Jonker street interchangeably but both descibe the main Street of Old Chinatown Melaka!

    The current name of Jonker Walk is Jalan Hang Jebat and this 500 meter plus street starts at the intersection of Jalan Laksamana and Lorong Hang Hebat in front of the Huge Replica Galleon of Admiral Cheng Ho and ends at the intersection of Jalan Tokong, near the Chinese Stage used for karaoker sessions during the nightmarket. Jonker Walk plus the side streets around it is the center of commerce during the old times.

    Jonker Walk and the side streets beside it, is a mish mash of various peranakan heritage houses dating back up to the 17th century, chinese buddhist and taoist temples and regional clan houses, many shops selling antiques, textiles, handicrafts and souvenirs and the famous melaka sweets plus famous local malaysian chinese restaurants selling famous melaka regional food like chicken rice balls.

    The Street is closed during weekends starting at 6:00 pm everyday for the famous night market.

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    Jonker Street Chinese Stage

    by machomikemd Written Jun 24, 2014

    The famous Jalan Hang Jebat (formerly Jonkers Street) is the main street of the old chinatown of Melaka. At the end of this famous 500 plus meter street at the intersection of Jalan Tokong is a mini stage that doubles as a live band area or a karaoke session where the brave singers sing songs during the Jonker Walk Night Market as this street is closed starting from 7:00 pm for the Night Market.

    Unfortunately we did not have time to experience the Karaoke Night Session here as we were only in Melaka for just a day.

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    Gan Boon Leong Memorial at Jonker Street

    by machomikemd Written Jun 24, 2014

    Gan Boon Leong is a famous Malaysian Bodybuilder and is known as the Father of Malaysian Bodybuidling, having won numerous international bodybuilding awards. Now retired and is present 85 years old. He was born in Melaka and also is a local politician. To honor his achievements, Melaka made a Memorial here in Jonker Street for him, consistin of 7 statues.

    Admission is free and the small Memorial Park is open 24/7

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    Chinese Regional Clan Buildings

    by machomikemd Written Jun 24, 2014

    The Malaysian Chinese are from different places all around China and here along Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonkers Street) you would various Chinese Regional Clan and Province Buildings to represent the various Provinces and Regions in China that the migrants came from and one of the most prominent Building is the Melaka Hainan Association, located at 115 Jalan Hang Jebat. this building is open to the public and you can see also a small temple inside and there are offices and meeting rooms inside the 3 story building.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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