A Walk Down Memory Lane @ Historical City of Melaka
Malacca @ Melaka is a short drive away from Singapore for food and culture lovers. It is a great weekend gateway for family and friends.
Melaka was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 because of its rich heritage. Melaka was under the colonial rule of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British and thanks to its rich cultural heritage, Melaka has a unique and flavourful cuisine.
It is impossible to visit all the amazing places in Melaka in a few days, but here are a few that should be on your list for your next visit or first visit to Melaka.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
This museum is located in a World UNESCO site and the house is a combination of three terrace lots which were acquired by the Chan family in 1861. Four generations lived in the house before it was opened as a museum in March 1985. Take a walk and have a glimpse into the richness of culture and the opulence that was fashionable in many pre-World War II Peranakan houses. This musuem is still managed by the Chan family till today.
Entrance Fee – Adult (RM15.00); Child(5-10 years old) (RM10.00)
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
This temple was built in 1673 by Kapitan Lee Wei King with building material imported from China. This temple practices Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confusionism and Buddhism and it is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia. Cheng Hoon Tenh Temple is located close to Jalan Tukang Emas , which is also known as “Harmony Street” because of its proximity to the Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple.
Be sure to look out for the seven-metre red-flag pole facing the left wing of the main prayer hall, which houses the remains of the two of the three Kapitans who contributed to the construction of the temple.
Entrance Fee – Free of Charge
Christ Church & Dutch Square
Christ Church was built in 1741 when the Dutch took possession of Melaka from the Portuguese. This church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. It was originally painted white until 1911, was painted red and this distinctive colour scheme remained till today for Melaka Dutch-era buildings.
Dutch Square is a distinctive group of bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings, built between 1660 and 1700. The most prominent building in the Dutch Square is the Stadthuys, presiding over the entire south side of the square is said to be the oldest existing Dutch building in the East.
Entrance Fee – Free of Charge (around the area)
Remark – Entrance Fee apply if you want to visit the Stadthuys or other buildings.
Melaka Straits Mosque
Melaka Straits Mosque was launched by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tunku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail on 24 November 2006. Built on stilts over the sea, it is a modern designed mosque perfectly blends both Malaysia and Middle Eastern mosque architecture. The mosque looks like it it floating on the ocean during high tide. Visit the mosque during the evening for a stunning panoramic view that will leave you stress free.
Entrance Fee – Free of Charge
It was built in 1511 after the Portuguese defeated the armies of the Melaka Sultanate. In 1641, the fort was taken over by the Dutch and the British in the early 19th century. A’Famosa was to be destroyed but was spared by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1806. This fort is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in the Southeast Asia and the Far East.
Entrance Fee – Free of Charge
At last after a long day of adventure and food savouring, it’s time to check in and call it a day. Melaka offers a wide range of accommodation to suits everyone’s needs. From 5 star to mid range to budget hotels and hostels. Here are some of them.
As Melaka is known for its rich cultural heritage, remember to indulge yourself with its unique and flavourful cuisine. From Portuguese food to Baba Nyonya cuisine to Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes for you to savour your hearts desire. Here are a few must not missed food when you are in Melaka.
- Nyonya Cuisine
Nyonya cuisine was a result of a fusion between Chinese and Malay ingredients and spices when the Chinese traders in the past adopted the Malay way of living when settling in Melaka. The richness and aroma of the food makes you salivate just with the thought of it.
- Satay Celup
Satay Celup is actually steamboat but with satay sauce and instead of throwing all the ingredients into the pot, skewers of food are dipped into the boiling satay gravy to cook.
- Aunty Koh’s Cendol
All the ingredients are freshly made from the cendol to the coconut milk and they are grown around the compound of her house. Opens only on Saturday and Sundays from 12pm till sold out. It is a must try for cendol lovers.
- Putu Piring
It is a combination of steamed rice flour cake and gula melaka and in a shape of a plate……that is why it is called putu piring. Once done, it will be placed on a banana leave with lightly salted grated coconut between them. A perfect dessert and it’s best to savour it when it is warm.
- Klebang Coconut Shake
A blend of coconut water with its flesh topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to quench your thirst especially on a sunny day.
The Majestic Hotel
It was once a private residence of a Chinese merchant, now a luxury 5-star hotel in Melaka with some of its original fixtures still maintained since 1920s. The architecture and décor reflects the influences of the English, Portuguese, Chinese and Malay had in Melaka.
Casa Del Rio (House by The River)
Casa del Rio is Spanish for ‘House by The River’. Located at the bank of Melaka River, be amazed by its Mediterranean-inspired structure. Hard to be missed is also its chandelier hanging in the driveway. This ‘casa’ is a few minutes walk to the Jonker Street Night Market.
The Pines Melaka
Looking for bigger and more confortable rooms, The Pines Hotel is the right hotel for whether with friends or families. This hotel is also the first hotel in Melaka to collaborate with artist from the Malacca Art Association. Keep a lookout for their arts in the hotel premises.
Enjoy exploring Melaka and remember to do some research before planning for your trip next trip there.
Hatten Hotel Melaka
Located right at the heart of Melaka town, Hatten Hotel offers you the utmost comfort, style and convenience as it is just a few minutes walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.