The Stadthuys, Melaka

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    The Clock Tower.

    by Askla Updated Dec 21, 2012

    The Clock Tower was built in 1886. Close to it is the Queen Victoria's fountain, built in 1901.

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    Dutch Stadthuys.

    by Askla Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    The Stadthuys was the official residence of the Dutch Governor, built in 1650. It nowadays houses the Historical Museum and Ethnographical Museum.
    Working hours 09.00 - 17.30 every day except for the Friday's prayers from 12.15 to 14.45.

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    Stadthuys - Oldest Dutch Period Building

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    Built around 1641 after the Dutch captured Melaka, the building is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis in the town of Hoorn in the Netherlands. Formerly the Town Hall and Governor's residence during the Dutch period.

    Typical Dutch colonial architecture with solid doors and louvered windows. Originally with white walls the British painted it pink when they took control.

    A tourist hotsport with Christ Church located nearby and the attraction of colourful rickshaws for hire.

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    The Stadthuys - Dutch Square

    by aussirose Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    The Stadthuys - Dutch Square

    The entrance to the steps up to St Paul's Hill is here at the town square - to the right of the picture. Dutch Square is unique as the buildings are a lovely port-red colour and have solid doors and louvred windows as was common Dutch architecture of the time. It is a central meeting spot and popular for postcard pictures.

    I liked the clock tower. I was interested to learn that the clock tower was not built with the original buildings here in 1650. The original buildings housed the Dutch Government at the time. The clock was imported from England in 1886. After a while the clock died and was replaced by Seiko in 1982 and is still ticking merrily away today :o)

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    Museum of Ethnography

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    The Museum of History and Ethnography is arguably the best museum in Malacca. It is located within the Stadthuys, at the foot of St Paul's Hill facing the Dutch Square. If you have time to see only one museum on your visit, this is the one you should not miss. It is in this museum that the history of Malacca is unfolded for you step by step, beginning with the establishment of Malacca, the Malacca Sultanate, the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation, the Japanese occupation, and finally the years leading towards independence. It provides an interesting glimpse into the history of the various ethnic groups that make up the fabric of Malacca society, including the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Peranakan, Chitty and Eurasians. Various aspects of each culture is portrayed including wedding ceremonies, musical instruments, and so on.

    Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: RM5.

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    Stadthuys

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    The Stadthuys, which means Municipal Town Hall in Dutch, is the biggest, most prominent building in the Malacca Town Square, and it is also the oldest and biggest Dutch colonial building in Southeast Asia. Construction of it began around 1641, the year the Dutch pried Malacca from the Portuguese, who ruled since the fall of the Malacca Sultanate in 1511. It covers 49,000 square feet. It took close to twenty years to complete with building material imported from the Netherlands. Throughout the Dutch Administration until 1824, the Stadthuys served as the civic centre of the town plus it housed the Dutch governor and his numerous aides. When the British took over Malacca, they continued to use it as a civic centre. After Independence, the Malaysian government also used it as the State Governing Center until 1979. Since then, it was converted into the Ethnography Museum which is well worth a visit (see next tip).

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    Can't believe I spent so long here......

    by cafank Written Jun 26, 2010

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    I really enjoyed wandering around the Stadthuys. I didn't know what to expect and this was about my 3rd museum of the day.

    Believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East, it was built shortly after Malacca was captured by the Dutch in 1641.

    There is an extensive History & Ethnography Museum, Governor Museum, Admiral Cheng Ho Gallery, Democratic Rule Museum and the Literature Museum all within the compound.

    Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Saturday – Thursday and 09:00 – 12.15; 14:45 – 17:30 Friday

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    The Stadthuys

    by StayNuts Written Aug 14, 2008

    The Stadthuys ( Old Dutch for City Hall ) was built in 1650 as the official residence for the Dutch Governors. It's a good example of the Dutch architecture 350 years ago. Inside you will find a museum with relics from Melaka's past. Outside the Stadthuys on the Dutch Square you will find small souvenier shops for the tourists. All the shops sell the same rubbish as there neighbours.

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    The Stadthuys(Old Dutch for City Hall)

    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    Dutch square is the heart of town centre. Built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and Deputy Governors and believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East, The colour of the red brick is extends to the other buildings around the Town Square and the old clock tower.

    Its now houses the History and Ethnography Museum. On display daily are fine traditional bridal costumes and relics from Melaka's glorious past which will take a couple of hours to read your way through the detailed explanations of Melaka's past.

    Admission to both these museums is included in the admission price to the Stadthuys.Tel: +606 282 6526

    Stadthuys Museum Complex

    • History and Ethnography Museum
    • Literature Museum
    • Admiral Cheng Ho's Gallery
    • The Governor's Museum
    • The Museum of Government Democracy

    Opening Hours:
    9.00am to 6.00pm (Sat-Thu)
    9.00am to 12.15pm & 2.45pm to 6.00pm (Fri)

    Ticket Prices: Adult: RM 5.00 Children: RM 2.00

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    Another Old Building

    by longsanborn Written Jan 13, 2007

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    The Stadthuys is located in the Dutch Square and it was built in 1650. It is a typical Dutch building with a clock tower. It was once an official home to the Dutch Governors and has been preserved in its original Dutch architectural form. It is also a historic museum and houses some interesting display of traditional bridal costumes and relics, and others.

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    Stadhuys

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Stadthuys

    The Stadhuys or Town Hall is another building from the Dutch controlled time. From this house the Dutch mayor would administer the city. On the right hand side of the entrance steps two memorials from the old times are still on display. Constructed in 1650 as the residence of the Dutch Governor and his deputy, the structure reflects Dutch architecture.

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    Het Stadthuys

    by martin_nl Written Oct 14, 2006

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    Portuguese Dutch and English heritage in Stadthuys
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    Stadthuys is Dutch for Cityhall. And that is exactly what this building was used for in the past. The building and the buildings around Dutch square are on coloured in red. Quite a funny site actually. Inside the Stadthuys you will nowadays find a really good museum. It can take you quite some time to read your way through the history of Melaka. I sure did spend a few hours in this museum. It tells about the Dutch, the Portugues and the English and what heritage they left behind. This museum I think is extra interesting if you are either Dutch, Portuguese or British, since this is part of your history too.

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    Learn about Malacca's history at the Stadhuys

    by DanielF Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    After so many years, this XVII century building has kept its original Dutch name (City House). It stands at the very same place where an ancient Portuguese fort was built.

    It used to be the residence of the Dutch Governors and is one of the oldest Dutch colonial buildings in South East Asia.

    Nowadays, the building hosts the museum of history of Malacca.

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    Dutch Architecture

    by Azri_Azmi Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    The Red Building Area
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    The Dutch rules Melaka more than a decade. They were good in designing building even. The famous of all is the Stadthuys. It is the oldest Dutch building ever being build in the far east. Was build in 1650. Now, this area hosting variety of museum. Visiting this place will bring you back to those past century. And theres a unique clock tower in front of it even. A MUST VISIT PLACE FOR TOURIST. Enjoy....

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    The dutch was here!!!!

    by kenari Written Jul 16, 2006

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    The Dutch Square is famous for its red-painted buildings. It has a display of many unique Dutch mansonry and architectural skills. The Stadthuys, in the Dutch Square, was built in 1650, it is a typical Dutch building with a clock tower. It is also a historic museum and houses some interesting display of traditional bridal costumes and relics, and others. There are within the square, the Queen Victoria's fountain built in 1901 and Melaka Clock Tower built in 1886.

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