Negeri Melaka Things to Do

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Negeri Melaka Things to Do

  • A' Famosa

    Melaka Things to Do

    Porta de Santiago Fortress was built by the Portuguese, under the command of Afonso de Albuquerque, in 1511. They had attacked Melaka and overthrown the sultan who fled to Johor. They built the fortress as a defensive structure. At its height the fortress was made up of several long ramparts and four major towers. Most of the village of Melaka was...

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  • St. Paul's Church Ruins

    Melaka Things to Do

    After visiting the maritime museum we retraced our steps and climbed up St Paul's Hill to the ruins of St. Paul's Church. There are good views over Melaka from here. St. Paul's Church started off as a small chapel called the Chapel of the Mother of God. The Chapel of the Mother of God was originally built by a Portuguese administrator called...

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  • Temple's

    Melaka Things to Do

    The Sanduo Temple is also on Jalan Tokong. Jalan Tokong means Harmony Street because so many temples from different religions peacefully co-exist here. The Sanduo Temple entrance is guarded by two very impressive dragons. This temple is around 218 years old. It was built in 1795. Many utensils in the temple, such as incense burners and plaques...

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  • Museums

    Melaka Things to Do

    We walked past this museum and stopped to take some photos of the statues outside. The museum focuses on the life and voyages of Chinese Muslim Admiral Cheng Ho, also known as Zhenghe. From my guidebook description the museum sounds good but we did not have time to spare for a visit. The museum is open from 9am -6pm Mon-Thurs and from 9am to 7pm...

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  • Dutch Square

    Melaka Things to Do

    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...

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  • Churches

    Melaka Things to Do

    The St Francis Xavier Church was built by a French priest, Father P. Fabre, in 1849. It is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier who was one of the earliest missionaries to bring Catholicism to southeast Asia. The church is located on the site of an earlier Portuguese mission. We visited on a Sunday and a well-attended service was taking place inside....

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  • Trishaw Drivers

    Melaka Things to Do

    A lovely way to experience the many quaint streets of Melaka is by rickshaw. They were all cute and decorated with lovely flowers :o) We didn't do it this time as we wanted to walk, but definately next time!

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  • Kampung Kling Mosque

    Melaka Things to Do

    Jonker Walk was so busy we were relieved to cut off onto a side street and visit Kampung Kling Mosque. Mosques in Melaka are unusual in shape due to Sumatran influences. The courtyard of this mosque had a shady seat for a bit of respite from the sun. The interior of the mosque was quite lavish.

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  • The Stadthuys

    Melaka Things to Do

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

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  • Princess Hang Li Poh's well

    Melaka Things to Do

    The Hang Li Poh's well was dug by an order of Sultan Mansor Shah of Melaka in 1459 especially for his wife Hang Li Poh, a Chinese princess. The water from this well was used for her daily ne

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  • Kampung Morten

    Melaka Things to Do

    A boat trip around the historical village of Kampung Morten is a definate must do! Along the way we saw quaint buildings, lovely greenery, fantastic artwork and beautiful bridges. I imagined I was in Amsterdam :o)

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  • Zoo Melaka

    Melaka Things to Do

    The Malacca Zoo first opened its doors to the public many years ago – in 1963. Thirteen years later, in 1976, the facilities at the zoo were substantially upgraded for the convenience of the public.

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  • General Info

    Melaka Things to Do

    Jonker Street is the heart of Melaka's Chinatown and a hunting ground for souvenirs and antiquities. Items offered range from mass products via crafted arts to real (and fake) antiquities from past centuries. Beside that, Jonker Street still has many preserved houses from the Dutch colonial era. The old architecture and the shop decoration are...

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  • Malaysian Youth Museum

    Melaka Things to Do

    The Malaysian Youth Museum is housed in a historical Dutch building that used to be part of the Dutch Administrative Complex. The building was also used to be a school (Anglo-Chinese School) and the General Post Office of Melaka before being converted into the museum. (A small post office is still in operation at the other end of the building)....

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  • Baba-Nyonya restaurant

    While in Melaka don't forget to savour Baba-Nyonya food. There's a wonderful restaurant in an old Melaka home near Hotel Puri. While there, seek permission to check out the length of the ground floor and, if you are lucky, to check out the upper floor - such homes have great rooms/building design! In fact, in the movie 'Entrapment', the initial...

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  • Walkabout Jonker Street

    Jonker Street (now renamed Jalan Hang Jebat) mis the most visited tourist street in downtown Melaka.It is located across the bridge over Melaka (Malacca) River opposite the red Stadhuy buildings.On both side of the Jonker Street are souvenir shops, restaurants and even cultural displays of a typical Straits Chinese (Peranakan) House with the Baba...

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  • Bukit China

    This is a historic hill where many early Chinese settlers to Malacca were buried. With an estimated of more than 15,000 tombstones, this is the largest traditional Chinese burial ground outside China.Hence the name "Bukit China" = Chinese Hill in Malay.During the Chinese annual tomb cleaning festival (Qing Ming), many of the overgrown grass will be...

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  • Malacca River - walk along or take a...

    The bridge across this historic river mouth is where the Port of Malacca (Melaka) started in the 1403. Located at the narrow section of the Straits of Melaka between the Malay Peninsular and Sumatra, it was a stopping port for sailing ships waiting for the change of monsoons to travel from India to China. Spices, gems, gold, rice and forest rattan...

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  • Hang Li Po's Well

    Another popular tourist stop for a group photograph is the Hang Li Po's Well.It is located at the Sam Poh Kong temple. Apparently the well was used by Princess Hang Li Poh and her 500 maidens. Hang Li Po was a princess of the Ming Emperor of China who sent her to marry the Sultan of Melaka.According to legend, this well never dried up even during...

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  • St. Paul's Church on a hill top

    Starting from Fort A'Famosa at Porto de Santiago, there is a path and a series of steps to reach the top of the hill where St. Paul's Church lies in ruins. Up here, you can have fine view of Melaka town and the sea below.Formerly known as "Our Lady of the Hill", this church was built by the Portuguese in 1521. The famous St. Francis Xavier was...

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  • The old Fort A'Famosa

    This famous Melaka landmark, the Porta de Santiago is what remained of the mighty Fort A'Famosa that was built by Alfonso d' Alburque after the Portuguese had conquered Melaka in 1511. When the Dutch took over in 1641, the fort was further fortified. However the Fort was distmantled brick by brick by Stamford Raffles when the British took over...

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  • History Museum at Stadhuy

    Housed in the red color old Dutch colonial administrative building (Stadhuy), this is a museum which has a rich display of the colorful history of Melaka.Admission was RM5. Just followed the arrow that will take you through history of the splendour of court culture of the Sultanate of Melaka, followed by the Portuguese colonial rule, then Dutch...

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  • Colonial Melaka

    A visity to Negeri Melaka would be incomplete without visiting Melaka City.There is a place behind the tourist information office which is being excavated at the moment.The City is full of Colonial buildings.

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  • Christ Church

    Painted red outside, it is quite a sombre interior inside the church. This historic church is still in service.Please note that Malaysian Muslims generally do not enter churches. So if you are with a local Malay friend, ask if he or she can just wait for you outside while you explore inside.

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  • Painting the town red

    One of the most visited tourist sites of Melaka is the red painted Stadhuys. There is a Malacca Clock Tower, Christchurd and Stadhuy (former Dutch administrative office now turned into historical museum).There are colorful decorated trishaws waiting to take you around town too. Be sure to bargain on the price, how far and how long before getting...

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  • Visit the chinese temple

    An amazing sight to behold is this cup of water which just refused to spill over in this 'magic cup'. The monk there kept pouring water in and it wouldn't topple over.We cracked our brains for solutions of physics' equations but no one cld come up with anything. Here is a pic - see if you can see the water level ABOVE the rim of the cup!!

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  • Hang Tuah's Mausoleum

    The Hang Tuah's Mausoleum is located about 15 kilometers from Melaka town in Tanjung Kling. Hang Tuah is a famous Malay warrior who is brave and good in martial arts.He is the youngest knight appointed in Melaka.It was referred to as the old tomb so that it will not be seized and destroyed by the Portuguese and its invaders.

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  • Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

    The Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the firstt Hindu temples in Malaysia. It was constructed in 1781. Lord Vinayagar and Lord Muraga are worshipped here. The brothers are represented by an elephant head which is capable of turning into human form, with four hands and carved from a black Indian stone.

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  • Kampong Kling's Mosque

    Kampong Kling's Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the Malaysia. It was built in 1748 with a Sumatran influence.It is located at the junction between Jalan Lekiu and Jalan Tukang Emas near Jonker Walk. Usually you will find a golden dome on top of a mosque but here you will find a three-tier roof shaped like a pyramid.You must dress...

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  • Clock Tower

    The Melaka clock tower was built in 1886 by Tan Jiak Kim, the grandson of Tan Kim Seng.The original English clock was finally replaced by a Japanese version in 1982.

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  • Stadthuys

    The Stadthuys was built in the 1640s by the Dutch. It is the City Hall which was once the official residence of the Dutch Governor and Officals and now turned into a historical building for the Museum of History and Ethnography.The traditional bridal costume and relics from the history are exhibited here.The Dutch and the British had used Stadthuys...

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  • Melaka Sultanate Palace & Cultural...

    Melaka Sultanate Palace is located in the centre of town at the foot of St Paul Hill in Bandar Hilir. This is a wooden replica of the old Sultanate Palace and it houses the Cultural Museum of Melaka. The Muzium Kebudayaan (Cultural Museum) was opened offically opened in 1986 by Dr Mahathir.The palace was original built on Melaka Hill which was...

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  • Canons

    There are a few canons around this tiny gate of Porta de Santiago. They are the most photographed other than the gate. Not only are the canons taken by tourist, the locals also love to have a family or group pictures with the canons. Although they may remind some of the past but it is a part of history and should never be destroyed.

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  • A'Famosa

    A'Famosa means "The Famous" in Portuguese.This mighty fortress was built in 1511 by the Portuguese. The Portuguese launches attacks and the native Sultanate were defeated and this is what is left of the tiny gate (Porta de Santiago).In early 19th century the fortress was taken over by British from the Dutch.The British gave orders for it to be...

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  • Hang Tuah's Tomb

    This tomb is believed to be the grave of Hang Tuah, a very famous warrior of the Melacca Sultanate. According to the Malay Annals, his remains were buried in Tanjong Keling with the full honors and the royal nobat did not play for 3 days as a mark of respect.Locally this tomb is simply known as an ancient grave not only because it was an old grave...

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  • Try out the Family Raft Ride

    Among the top attractions at A' Famosa Water World is the family raft ride. The raft is large with a stable base so even the smaller kids can enjoy this ride if they are accompanied by an adult. You get onto a huge raft, up to 6 people (kids and adults) are allowed at the same time. Then close your eyes and enjoy the ride! It is really not that...

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  • Pulau Sebang / Tampin town

    I mentioned in the earlier tip that the town seemed to be bustling. Its roads were well maintained and care had been taken to beautify the area, with potted flowers & attractive street lights lining some streets.The town itself had several large Chinese restaurants which were well patronised, numerous open-air stalls selling Malay food (Tom Yam,...

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  • Treat yourself to some delicious Lemang

    Lemang is a “must-have” during the Hari Raya Puasa (Muslim New Year) and Hari Raya Haji festivals. Made of glutinous rice and fresh coconut milk with a dash of salt, the mixture is poured into a hollow bamboo which had been lined with bamboo leaves and cooked slowly over an open fire (made of coconut husks, charcoal and wood). In order for the rice...

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  • Masjid Al-Azim

    Masjid Al-Azim (Azim means Greatness in Arabic) is the state mosque for Negeri Melaka. It is located in Bukit Palah, about 5km from the historical city. As the state mosque, it is no suprise that the mosque is the largest mosque in the state that could accomodate almost 12,000 worshipper at any one time. Apart from its size and intricate-design,...

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  • A bitter remembrance of the first...

    The remains of A'famosa is always be associated to the state of Melaka, to certain extent its like an icon to the historical state. This is the only remain of the A Famosa fortress which was built by the Portugese in 1512 after conquering Melaka in 1511. Porta de Santiago is one of the four main gates of the fortress and is the best evidence of the...

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  • The Dutch heritage

    The Ducth colonialist left a significant heritage in terms of its architecture in the state of Melaka and particularly in the historical city. This red colored town square in Melaka is a proof to this claim. It is Melaka's very own red square and a significant remains of the Dutch colonial rule in Melaka with the Stadhuys (literally means State...

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  • Buy some local mangoes

    Once you exit the PLUS highway at Simpang Empat Toll way, there are two alternative routes to A' Famosa Resort.At the main roundabout (with various signboards, some tourist information and a big clock), take the 9 o' clock turn towards Alor Gajah or take the 3 o' clock turn towards Tampin and Gemas.There are many stalls along the roads here. We...

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  • the Border towns of Pulau Sebang &...

    The nearest town to the A' Famosa Resort is the town of Tampin in Negeri Sembilan. Right next to the town of Tampin is the town of Pulau Sebang, which is actually in Negeri Melaka! In fact, most people will not realise that they are in fact crossing the state border of Negeri Sembilan into Negeri Melaka and refer to this town as Tampin.The thing...

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  • Kampung Duyong Mosque

    I'm trying to describe how to get to Hang Tuah Well & finally decided to show you the Kampung Duyong Mosque that you'll surely drive pass. You may stop by for some photography but make sure you did not block of the whole road.Another 150M from this direction will be the Hang Tuah Well.

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  • Hang Tuah's Well

    It was said that Hang Tuah himself dug this well and it has never dried up even during severe droughts.Some local believed that Hang Tuah's soul (takes on the apparition of a white crocodile) dwells in this well and the water from the well said to be sacred and have healing properties.

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