Historical Places

Christ Church

Standing exactly as it has always been since 1753, the church is testimony to Dutch architectural ingenuity. Take note of the church's handmade pews, ceiling beams constructed without joins, Brass Bible, tombstone written in Armenian and 'Last Supper' in glazed tiles.

The Stadhuys

Built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and their officers, the edifice is a fine example of Dutch architecture.Preserved in its original structure and form , it now houses the Historic Museum and Ethnography Museum. On display daily are fine traditional bridal costumes and relics from Malacca's glorious past.

Malaysia Youth Museum

The museum is dedicated to the contribution made by the youth in the economic and social well-being of the country. The noble efforts evident at regional, national and international levels are displayed at the museum.

St. Francis Xavier's Church

Built in 1849, by Reverend Farve, a Frenchman, the Gothic towered church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier is well-remembered for his missionary work spreading Catholicism to South East Asia in the 16th Century.

St. Paul's Church

Built by a Portuguese Captain by the name of Duarte Coelho, the chapel was turned by the Dutch into a burial ground for their nobel dead and renamed it 'St. Paul's Church' from the Portuguese's 'Our Lady Of The Hill'. St. Francis Xavier was briefly enshrined in the open grave in 1553 before being shipped to Goa, India.

A Famosa

The hallmark of Malacca and perhaps the most photographed subject next to the Stadhuys. Built by the Portuguese in 1511 as a fortress it sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch Invasion. The Dutch had set to destroy it but timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1808 saved what remains of A Famosa today.

Dutch Graveyard

A war memorial dedicated to fine British officers and soldiers died in Naning War (1831-1832).

Proclamation Of Independence Memorial

Built in 1912, the former club house of Malacca Club now houses invaluable exhibits of the country's struggle leading to independence. Exhibits are in the form of relics, manuscripts, video tapes, film and slides.

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

One of the first Hindu temples built in the country at the turn of the century. It was built on the plot given by the Dutch.

Hang Jebat's Mausoleum

The champion of justice who died a tragic death. Hang Jebat was unceremoniously killed by Hang Tuah in a duel of honour that lasted 3 days and 3 nights.

Kampung Kling's Mosque

One of the oldest mosques in the country with Sumatran architectural features. Instead of a conventional dome, a three tier roof rising like a pyramid is in place. A minaret peculiar in shape from a typical moorish style, is structured like a Pagoda portraying the mixture of East- West archtectural influence.

The Baba and Nyonya Heritage

'Straits Chinese' or the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese of noble descendants that have adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs. The public can now review the heirloom unique to this heritage at private museum run by the Babas and Nyonyas of Malacca.

Jonker Street

A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artifacts and relics, some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found among a host of interesting collectibles , each with its own history, and mystery. Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Street, is known worldwide among famous antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.

Maritime Museum

The Museum is constructed after 'Flora De La Mar', the Portuguese ship that sank off the Coast of Malacca on its way to Portugal. With its hull laden with valuable treasures seized from Malacca, the ship was doomed from existence had it not been for the efforts of Malacca's heritage. At the museum, visitors can get a closer look at Malacca's famed Malay Sultanate of the 14th century to the Portuguese, Dutch and the British era. There are exhibits of foreign ships that had once called at the port of Malacca during the height of its maritime hegemony.

Cheng Hoon Teng's Temple

The oldest Chinese temple in the country. It was built in 1646 with materials shipped out of China. Fine workmanship is evident in the ornately decorated mythological figures, carvings,and lacquer work inside the temple.

Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum

Hang Kasturi studied 'silat'(Malay martial art) under the same tutelage as Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. He became one of the 'hulubalangs' (knights) that served Malacca together with Hang Tuah. Except for Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi and others remained loyal to the sultan to their dying day.

Kampung Hulu Mosque

Built in 1728 by Dato Shamsudin. It is the oldest mosque in Malaysia.Its unique archtectural style is not traceable to others in the country.

Al Azim Mosque

Al Azim Mosque is a state mosque located at Bukit Palah, 2 km from Malacca city.

Tranquerah Mosque

Prominent in its architectural grandeur, the mosque is unique and bears testimony to the fact that Islam had its rightful place in Malacca almost 600 years ago. The tomb of Sultan Hussain of Johore is in the compound of the mosque. He was the ruler who signed the session of Singapore with Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.

Malacca's Sultanate Palace

Built based on the description and reference to the palace in 'Sejarah Melayu(the Malay Annals), the wooden replica houses the Cultural Museum of Malacca. Situated at the foot of St. Paul 's Hill, it is the only Malay palace fromMalacca's glorious past built with such detail and refinement.