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Full-Day Malacca Tour from Singapore
"The Malacca city center showcases unique history and culture spanning over 600 years gained from previous colonization by Europeans such as the Portuguese Dutch and British. The journey on the road from Singapore to Malacca takes around 3-4 hours. Savor the view outside as you travel across Singapore and Malaysia or catch a nap in the vehicle.Once at Malacca the first thing that catches your eye will most probably be the iconic red church that Malacca is so famously marketed for to tourists. This building is called Christ Church said to be the oldest protestant church in Malaysia. On the opposite side of Christ Church is the Red Clock Tower that was erected in 1886.Next you will get to see Porta de Santiago (A'Famosa). This is one of the most popular sites in Malacca. It is a major historical landmark and probably the most photographed structure in Malacca. It is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remain you will find yourself at St Paul's Church. Although what remains of the church are now only ruins
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Private Day Trip to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur
"The trip starts with a pick up at your hotel lobby around 9am and depart to the Melacca city. After 2-hour drive you will reach the first attraction Stadthuys. A lovely old and well preserved building with a Dutch historical past located in the heart of Melacca city. You will find many trishaw awaiting and transporting tourists in this area.Then we will take a panoramic view of the city and surrounding from the top of St. Paul’s hill which features the historic of St. Paul Church. After a break for lunch (at your own expense) you will follow our guide to explore Jonker Street located in Chinatown. The Jonker Street is Melacca’s epicentre and you can find many antique shops clothing
From $95.00
 
Private Tour: Historical Malacca Trip from Kuala Lumpur Including Lunch
"After getting picked up at your hotel in Kuala Lumpur begin the 2-hour journey in the comfortable air-conditioned car on this private tour. Enjoy the scenery during the drive and learn from the guide all about the history of Malaysia in general and Malacca in particular. Stop at the Church of St. Paul the early-16th-century church that is the oldest of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Then marvel at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier before heading to Stadthuys an old Dutch word for 'city hall.' Known as 'Red Square
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Dutch Square Tips (45)

Hickery Dickery Dock at the Dutch Square

Another must do in Melaka ! Visit the Clock Tower in the Middle of the Dutch Square and discover an irritating secret borne by the locals.

As I mentioned earlier, not everything old and monumental in the Dutch Square in Melaka is Dutch. The Tan Beng Swee clock tower is another example. It was donated by a millionaire in 1886 with a clock imported from England. After a while, the clock died out like colonialism and was replaced by a Seiko in 1982. Well, you would think that such a small event would be quiet right? Nope, far from it, the incident roused the ire of the elderly folks. Why? Well, those old folks have less than fond memories of the Japanese occupation it seems. But to no avail, the Seiko is still ticking away merrily at the tower today . I don't think the elderly ones have contacted Swatch for sponsorship yet...

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bpacker
Jul 03, 2005

Be There or Be Square!

This is an absolute must, oh yes, when you're in Melaka. Honestly, if you've not been to the red-painted buildings at Dutch Square, you've not been to Melaka at all!

A long,long time ago, Melaka came under the Dutch rule and the red buildings are by far, the most obvious testimony of their short rule here. The red building, called the Stadthuys, is believed to have been completed in 1650 and was home to the Dutch governors. Now, it has become the Malacca Historical Museum and the drawing point for tourists, trishaw drivers. Opposite of the Stadhuys is Queen Victoria's fountain and the Malacca Clock Tower, built in 1886 by a local rich sod, sorry, I meant a millionaire.

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bpacker
Apr 03, 2005

Church of Saint Francis Xavier

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]

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ukirsari
Mar 11, 2008

Dutch Square

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.

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robertgaz
Jun 21, 2008
 
 
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Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain

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).

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Willettsworld
Aug 22, 2010

Christ Church

It was built in 1753. This church notable feature is the ceiling beams, over 15m (16yd) long, were each made from a single tree. The 200-year old pews, at the altar, there is a painting of the Last Supper on glazed tiles and on the floors are tombstones in Armenian script.

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The entrance is free but you can make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.

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mary2u99
Apr 13, 2007

The Fountain & Clocktower on Dutch Square

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.

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Mikebb
Jan 29, 2012

Dutch Square

This Melaka’s famous landmark would take you back into its glorious past. Looking at the flowers in different colors gives you a taste of Europe, strongly speaks of the western occupation of Melaka. Included in the square are the Christ Church, Malaysian Youth Museum, the Clock Tower, the Studthuys and the added windmill. Every traveler who visits Melaka would come to this place.

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Feb 22, 2007
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"Melaka - The Historical City of Malaysia"
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The central point of Melaka

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.

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muratkorman
Jun 06, 2008

Dutch Square

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.

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Willettsworld
Aug 22, 2010

Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower

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.

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Willettsworld
Aug 22, 2010

Christ Church

Next to Stadhuys is Christ Church, which was completed in 1753, making it the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. It is an excellent example of Dutch architecture. A notable feature of the church is its ceiling, whose beams, over 15m long, were each made from a single tree. The 200-year-old pews are still in evedence.

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May 24, 2007

Things to Do Near Melaka

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The Sultan's Palace

Near the Porta de Santiago there is a replica of a 15th century Melaka sultan's palace. The palace is wooden and built entirely without nails. Entry was only 2RM and the palace was open from 9am to...
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Jonker's Walk

We eventually got back to Dutch Square and walked across the bridge over the river onto Jonker's Walk. This street is famous for shopping and has some lovely old Melakan buildings. There was a Chinese...
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River Walkway

This riverside walkway did not exist on our first visit to Melaka. It is a great asset to the town as Melaka's non-stop traffic and frequent absense of pavements can get on your nerves. Here you can...
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Transport Park

I don't really know what to call this area, but on the walk back from Porta de Santiago near the architecture museum we passed a park with old trains, aeroplanes and even a bullock cart. Lots of...
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Kampung Kling Mosque

Kampung Kling Mosque can be found halfway along Jalan Tokong in Chinatown and the original wooden one was constructed in 1748, but it is not like a Middle Eastern mosque as the architectural style was...
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Princess Hang Li Poh's well

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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