Another must do in Melaka ! Visit the Queen Victoria Fountain in the Middle of the Dutch Square and take a touristy photo
Of course, if you're in Dutch Square, Melaka, take a cheesy touristy photograph with the backdrop of the fountain to show Ma and Pa back home. No need to pay extra to drape a reptile around your neck like some jokers, if you look good like my friend, Alice, over here, your photo will turn up good. (HAHAHA! )
Honestly, I think the best time to go to Melaka would be the period where Festa de Sao Pedro is celebrated by some 10,000 Portuguese descendents. The european flavour of the festival is unusual for an Asian region like this so go take a look . Even if you're not a shutterbug, the pomp, pagentry and colour will attract you.
Come June 29 , Portuguese descendents flock here from all over M'sia to reunite in a week long festival of dancing, pagentry, boat displays and prayers. The festa (Portuguese for feast day) is celebrated in the Ujong Pasir area and it honours the feast day of St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, the most important figure for a once-thriving fishing community.It's interesting to note that this festival is also celebrated in Portugal.
Other than Festa de Sao Pedro, there are other religious festivals in Melaka, check out the website for more details.
Another must do in Melaka ! Visit the Queen Victoria Fountain in the Middle of the Dutch Square
Not everything old and monumental within Dutch Square is from the Netherlands. If you look closely at the fountain in the middle of the square you'll notice that it has the profile of one of the the greatest queens of England, Queen Victoria! I'm not kidding, this fountain was a monument built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty in 1901. Well, Her Majesty's fountain is still functioning and it provides a backdrop for touristy photographs.
Now, other than the Portuguese and the Dutch, there is another heritage group in Melaka. They are the Peranakans, the royal descendents of a political marriage between a Chinese Princess and a Malacan Sultan. Yes, way before the Portuguese and the Dutch came to Melaka, Admiral ZhengHo descended on the shores of Melaka and made it a protectorate of China. To seal the alliance, a princess was given in marriage to the Sultan. Well, the descendents of the royal marriage continued to live in Melaka till today, most live in gilded splendor and in a culture that has fused both Chinese and Malay culture.
If you're keen to see how the rich Peranankans of Melaka live, pop into the Baba and Nonya Heritage Museum of Melaka. What I liked about this place was the guided tour through the actual Peranakan ancestral home. Through a careful explanation, I was able to see how my ancestors lived in a bygone age ( Yes, I'm Peranankan ) . The townhouse featured an interior courtyard and artefacts of staggering grandeur, such as hardwood furniture endowed with mother-of-pearl inlaid designs and Nyonya-style ceramics in jewel-like colours.
Entrance Fee: RM 8
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm and 2 to 4.30pm
Situated just nearby to the Ayer Keroh Toll, this zoo is one of many popular tourist spot in Melaka. Domestic tourist and Singaporean really love this zoo. What is the attraction that causing domestic tourist like to visit Zoo Melaka? Well, this zoo is the zoo that offering varieties of animals and the environment inside the zoo is very so natural, like inside a rainforest.
Although personally I admit that the zoo still need more improvement but comparing few other zoo available in Malaysia, Zoo Melaka is one of the best. They even offering a night zoo, mini safari and night fishing in the zoo itself.
During specific time (scheduled), they do offer an entertaining animal show featuring birds, Orang Utan and Python. The 2 Orang Utan in this show are very smart and they do make the crowd laugh.
The entrace fee is RM7 per adult and RM4 for kids. The night zoo charges is RM10 (adult) and RM5 (kid). Guess what, the charges for a Video Camera is slightly more expensive than the entrance fee per adult, it is RM10.
This is a good place to bring children and family members.
At a first glance, we may think that it is not worth visiting this Bee Museum and what so special about a bee? Its a common insect that we just can find it anywhere right?. But, do not judge a book by its cover. I really encourage visitor to visit this place. It is because that in here, we can see lots of bees that is not only specific focusing on 1 species, there are variety of species that inclusives of bees, wasps and hornets. You may even learn and discover new species that you had never seen before. The place is very well kept and manage. The staff are very friendly and I notices that they are always smiles to visitors.
There is also a glass container that being used to host a 'bee man' show where there will be a person performing inside the glass with bees all around his body.
They are also offering free flow tasting/drinking of honeys. Not only 1 type of honey but lots of choices even such as Royal Honey, Propolis Honey, 'Tualang' Honey, Epal Cyder Honey etc and they don't even force you to buy their honey/bee related products.
Of course there are fews bees containers at the outside of the premises. And guess what........surprisingly they did not charge any entrace fees (its FREE), so why not stop by and had a visit. This Museum is a must visit in my list.
This famous Red Clock Tower of Melaka is part of the Dutch red square (Stadhuys) area. However, it is not part of the heritage left by the Dutch as it was build during the English colonial years in Melaka. Thus, it was painted red to blend well with its surroundings within the red square. The construction of the clock tower was carried out in the 19th century at the initiative of a local Chinese merchant, Tan Beng Seng.
The Historicy and Ethnography Museum is located within the Stadhuys complex on the second floor of the Stadhuys building.
The History Museum is devoted to highlight the history of Melaka (which in reality is the early history of Malaysia) from its establishment in 1400 to 1957, the year it gained independence together with Malaya.
The Ethnography Museum portrays the lifestyle and cultures of the different communities and sub-communities that make up the population of Melaka - the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Portuguese, the Baba and Nyonya, the Chetti and Chitty communities.
Open from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily (closed on Monday)
The Literature Museum was etsbalished to keep and preserve local literary works from the earliest times to the present day. It is located at a historical building that used to house the Melaka State Development Corporation close to the Stadhuys complex.
The museum showcases materials pertaining to written historical records of Melaka, such as the 'Malay Annals', 'Hikayat Hang Tuah', 'Hukum Kanun Melaka' (Melaka Penal Code), the writings of Munsyi Abdullah and local folklores. The museum also traces the growth of literature in Melaka from the period of the Melaka Sultanate to the contemporary literary scene.
The exhibits also include graphic representations in the form of paintings based on events described in the Malay Annals and the execution of penalties as provided under the 'Hukum Kanun Melaka and copies of original handwritten historical manuscripts from many parts of the world.
Local traditional literary genres such as 'pantun', 'gurindam', 'nazam', and puisi (poetry) are also highlighted as part of the museum exhibits.
Open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (closed on Monday)
If you notice from the picture, on your left you may see an old designed airplane. What's so special about this plane even? It's the 1st Royal Malaysian Air Force British made airplane namely "Rajawali" indeed. Thats what make it special for the Malaysian. And personally it has a sentimental value to myself as this plane was being flown from oversea to reach Malaysia with one the crew that was my grandfather, Warrant Officer Zainul Abidin Bin Hashim (ranked as Senior Aircraftman Zainal Abidin at the time Rajawali being brought to Malaysia). He passed away in 1975 when I only a few months old, I'm his first grandchild even. Its true....its true...
When you are visiting the Jalan Kota or the Banda Hilir Historical Zone, do not forget to visit the spot whereby many stalls being placed selling and promoting handcrafts. Many of beautiful and unique handcraft can be bought here.
A popular beach for gathering with family and for couples to meet for a date. Children will surely enjoy this place as its has a playgound and few little pony for the horse riding activity. A busy beach during weekend esp. towards the evening. Few stalls also are here selling kites, miniature tiger doll, 'rojak', durian, fried banana and etc. Can bring along your fishing rod here for a fun fishing. Most fishes hooked up are just small shallow water dweller and if lucky local claims can even get rays. The only disadvantage for this beach is, it is not suitable for a swim due to the quality of the water and if you do feel like swimming, drive up another 15 minutes to Pantai Kundur. The water over there is acceptable for a swim.
Situated in the Historical Spot in Bandar Hilir, the memorial traced the history of Malaysia from the early Malay Sultanate, the foreign invasion until the declaration of independence at the nearby Padang Pahlawan on 31st August 1957. Good place to learn about Malaysia Independence Story & History. No harms visiting as there's no cover charge but cannot take picture inside.
Visitors passing the A'Famosa Gate & the Independence Memorial surely will be amazed by this palace which looks like the old original Melaka Sultanates palace. It is a must visit tourist spot along Jalan Kota. Being rebuild as the same as the history written in the Malay Annals, it host a Cultural Museum in the inside. With the huge architecture, its being build without using a single nail. Entrance fees RM2.00 for adult and RM0.50 for children.
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