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WELCOME TO MELAKA
WORLD HERITAGE
CITY UNESCO

Melaka's attraction lies in its rich and colorful past. Melaka has renowned as the place where the history of Malaysia began. From a quiet fishing village back in the early 15th century, Melaka grew into one of the world's greatest trading empires. In the 16th century, Melaka gained a reputation as the foremost maritime trading centre in the region. Merchants came from as far as Arabia, China India and Europe to conduct trade in silk, spices, gold and porcelain. 

Today, there's a lot more to Melaka; in addition to its fascinating stories, legends and historical attractions. Centuries of multi-racial living cultures have produced varied customs, festivals, food and languages. Melaka is located in Peninsular Malaysiq facing the Melaka Straits and covers an area of 1,658sq.km, which divided into three districts namely Alor Gajah, Melaka Tengah and Jasin. 

"Visit Historic Melaka Means Visit Malaysia", as its chosen slogan, Melaka has so much to offer and become the melting pot of all races. From its historical heritage site to cultural richness. The inception of Melaka as the Historic Cities of the Straits of Melakq together with Georgetown, on 7th July 2008 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has demonstrated a succession of its historical and cultural ascendancy as a trading part linking from the East to the West. 

Melaka Tree

Melaka Tree, also known as Phyllanthus Emlica is a deciduous the family Phyllanthaceae.The state of Melaka is named after this tree. Only a few trees are left and we may find some of the tree in front of Porta De Santiago.

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Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a replica of a Sultan's palace during the period of the Melaka Sultanate. Apart from the unique building design and ornate wood carvings, visitors would also be able to gain insights into the institution of the Melaka Malay Sultanate and experience a true palace atmosphere.
Phone: 06-2811289

Porta De Santiago

A prominent landmark in Melaka which translates to 'The Famous' in Portuguese is one of the few oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in the whole of Asia. It was built by the Portuguese Admiral, Alfonso de Albuquerque during the Portuguese invasion in 1511. The fortress was built to consolidate their gains in Melaka after they defeated the armies of the Melaka Sultanate. At that time, the Portuguese believed that Melaka would someday become a vital port which links Portugal to the spice trade from China. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the would someday become a vital port which links Portugal to the spice trade from China. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the successfully drove Dutch the Portuguese out of Melaka. After the Dutch got their hands on the A'Famosa, they placed their company logo, the 'VOC' coat of arms about the gates of Porta De Santiago (A'Famosa). 'VOC' is the abbreviation of Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie. 

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Stadthuys Museum Complex

The Stadthuys also known as the Red Square, is a historical structure situated in the heart of Melaka Town. It was built by the Dutch occupants in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor, also the oldest-surviving VOC building in Asia. The Stadthuys Museum Complex is composed by History and Ethnography Museum, Literature Museum, Admiral Cheng Ho's Gallery, The Governor's Museum and  The Museum of  Government Democracy.

Phone : 06 - 282 6526
Operating Hours : 9:00am - 5:30pm 
Ticket Price :
Adult - RM6.00 
Children/Student - RM 3.00

Proclamation of Independence Memorial

The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was set up and officiated by our first and former Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj on 31August 1985, exactly 38 years after our country achieve its independence. Housed in the former Malacca Club building built in 1912, this British colonial building was then used by the British upper class and the British administrator for various social activities,  before it was open to the public after the  independence of Malaysia. This memorial houses  invaluable exhibits of the country's struggle leading  to the independence. Exhibits include relics,  manuscripts, video tapes,  films and slides. 

Phone: 06-284 1231 
Operating Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm ( Daily )
(Closed on Monday except during School & Public Holidays) 

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Kampung Hulu Mosque

Built in 1728 by Dato' Shamsuddin, it is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. Its unique architectural style is not traceable to others in the country. 

Christ Church Melaka

This oldest Protestant Church in Malaysia took 12 years to build by the Dutch in 1753. It has 8 foots long ceiling beams, which are cut in one piece and constructed without any joints. The handmade pews are definitely original which date 200 years back

Phone: 06-284 8804
Ticket: Free

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Flor De Lamar

The Maritime Museum was built in early 1990 and itself a replica of a  Portuguese galleon, the 'Flor de La Mar'. The Maritime Museum was officially opened by the  Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad on June 13,  1994. The main theme of the museum is about the history of seafaring in Melaka as well as the spread of the Melaka's commercial influence during the Malaya Sultanate right up to the colonization eras of Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The exhibits  include old maps, ship models, weaponry, and maritime-related accessories and artifacts. There are also dioramas and a special corner dedicated to Panglima Awang who was the first Malay seafarer voyaging around the world. 

Hang Li Poh 's Well

Built in 1459 under the royal command of Sultan Mansor Shah for Hang Li Poh (the Chinese princess who married the Sultan), the well never runs dry up and was the only source of water supply during great droughts. The Dutch enclosed it with stout walls in 1677 to maintain its ultimate into a wishing well and it is said that those who throw coins into it will return to Melaka time and again. 

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Villa Sentosa

One of the houses in Kampung Morten which has been converted into a private museum for visitors to experience the ambience of a village house. It was built in 1920 by Tuan Haji Hashim bin Dato' Demang Haji Abdul Ghani, a pioneer of the Kampung Morten. The house is filled with the essentials and collectibles of the owners. 

Phone: 016-619 8244 / 019-632 6650 

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

Being the oldest Hindu Temple in Malaysia, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayagar or Ganesha, the deity revered for his wisdom and ability to remove obstacles so one could accomplish one's desire or goal. It is interesting to note the Dutch influence in the architecture of the temple and this can be seen in the details and finishing of the entrance, walls, columns, vaulted domes and roof tiling. 

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Hang Tuah Mausoleum

The Hang Tuah 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. 

Lccation: Makam Hang Tuah, Jalan Tanjung Kling, 76400 Tanjung Kling,  Melaka. 
Phone: 06 - 282 6526

Malaysia Prison Museum

The Malaysia Prison Museum was the 2nd prison in Malaysia and formerly known as 
H.M.Jail. This prison was built in 1860 by Gabenor Kolonel Cavenagh and provided about 48 exhibitions comprising of all prisons in Malaysia. In this prison, the visitors will guided by prison officers/warders. The other attractions are exhibition of execution of death penalty / prisoner's cell, motivational talk, canning demonstration, the sleep over at museum package, pocket show, notes from jail and others. 

Location: Muzium Penjara Malaysia, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Melaka. 

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng temple , or known as the Green Clouds Temple, located at Jalan Tokong or Harmonious Street, near Jonker Street. Colourful stalls clustered around the entrance of the temple selling candles, josspaper and aromatic joss-sticks required by devotees. In the temple you will see devotees performing prayer rites that have been handed down from generation to generation, since the Chinese first settled in Melaka. 

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Chief Minister of Melaka

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75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Phone: +6 06-232 8402
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