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Things to do at Malacca – historic site

Just about two hours away from Kuala Lumpur is the historic site of Malacca also known as Melaka. It is the third smallest state in Malaysia.

Malacca is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008.  It was a fishing locale for the locals known as Orang Laut before the Sultanates inhabited the place. It is known to have been founded by Parameswara, the last Raja of Singapore.

Legend has it that the king Parameswara who was resting under a tree on one of his hunting tours found a deer that pushed one of his dogs that tried to pounce on it in self- defence. He was thoroughly impressed by the courageous act of the deer and decided to establish an empire in the same spot. Thus he named the empire ‘Melaka’ after the tree under which he was resting.

Centuries later the Malaysian land became a treasure house of spices and Malacca was a strategic location for spice traders and was also instrumental in the influences of multi-cultural, ethnic communities.

Malacca is a place with many breathtaking sights and a rich heritage. It has an eclectic blend of customs, with a mix of old and new traditions and a vivid food culture. Explore the things to do at Mallaca.

Here are 5 things to do while in Malacca

A’Famosa fort:

A Famosa Fort - Malacca

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Built in 1511 by Alfonso de Albuquerque, A’Famosa fort is one of the oldest surviving remains in Asia from the European architecture and is set beside the Istana ke Sultanan on Jalan Kota. It is Malacca’s best known sightseeing spot with an ancient citadel standing the test of time.

Jonker Street

jonker-walk - Things to do at Malacca

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Jonker Street Or Jalan Hang Jebat is a street shopping arena which was once known for antique shops. The vibrant street has many outlets that sell clothes, accessories, jewellery , souvenirs and some fantastic food. Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to visit for shoppers as the market sells cheapskates.

Malacca River Cruise

melacca river cruise

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The best way to take a tour of the Malacca city is to take the Malacca river cruise. The ideal time to take the cruise is during sunset which offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum


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If you want to get a taste of what the culture in Malacca is like then Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is a must-visit on your itinerary. Built in 1896, the museum has a collection of three houses restored and arranged to resemble a conventional 19th-century Baba-Nyonya residence in Chinese Palladian style. The museum has hand-painted tiles, intricately carved teakwood doors that are sturdy to provide security.

Melaka Sultanate Palace

Melaka Sultanate Palace

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Melaka Sultanate Palace is a replica of the Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. It was constructed in 1985 and was opened to the public in 1986. There are about 1,350 artefacts, prints, photographs, weaponry, decorative arts, traditional costumes, brassware, jewellery and drawings describing the Malaccan Malay Sultanate’s history and cultural heritage.

Other places to visit in Melacca include St Paul’s church, Zheng He Tea House, Stadthuys, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Malacca Zoo.

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