The city of Melaka is divided into the new and old sections. The older part of the city is fairly compact and has many historical attractions
tucked into the nooks and crannies of its narrow streets.
Much of the remnants of Melaka's glorious past lie within the Town Square and waterfront area near the river.
Just above the Town Square is St. Paul's Hill (Bukit St. Paul) which is the site of the original Portuguese fort of A'Famosa and St. Paul's
There is a sign-posted heritage trail which visitors can follow to visit all the historical places in the older section of town. The new section of
Melaka lies across the Melaka River and is mostly built on land reclaimed from the sea. It contains modern shopping centres like the Mahkota
Parade and is a food and entertainment district.
Outside Melaka town, there are a few beaches, offshore islands and the Air Keroh district. This area is close to the North-South Expressway
and has many recreational theme parks.
Getting to Melaka
Melaka is 149 km from Kuala Lumpur, 216 km from Johor Bahru and 90 km from Port Dickson. The Kuala Lumpur to Melaka trip by road takes
about two hours, while the trip to Johor Bharu further south takes about three hours. Several tour agents and hotels in Kuala Lumpur offer
packages to Melaka for weekend or day trips. Taxi and express bus services are easily available.
You can get around Melaka by taxi or bus. The local bus station, express bus terminal and taxi stations are all located around the same area
on Jalan Hang Tuah
There are a number of bus companies that service the Kuala Lumpur/Melaka route daily, as well as between Melaka and other towns and
cities. To get to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur, you can take an express bus at the Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. Tickets can be
purchased at the terminal, but during festive seasons it is advisable to book ahead. Outstation taxi offices are also located in the terminal.
Taxis normally wait for a full passenger load before they depart.
Taxis leave from the taxi station just opposite the local bus station and operate to Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Johor Bahru, Seremban and
Mersing. Rates are between RM30-RM50
Public City Buses
A useful service is the No.17 town bus from the local bus station which runs to Taman Melaka Raya and on to Portuguese Square and back.
To get to Tanjung Kling take PATT HUP bus No.51 from the same station.
Bus no.19 goes to Air Keroh. To get to the airport at Batu Berendam, board Batang Bus No.65.
Express Bus Lines
Melaka-Kuala Lumpur Express - Phone: 06-282 2503/238 1578
Melaka-Seremban Transnasional Express - Phone: 06-282 0687
Melaka-Port Dickson-Klang Barat Express - Phone: 06-283 3462
Melaka-Ipoh-Butterworth-Penang S.E.Express - Phone: 06-282 4327
Melaka-Kuala Terengganu-Kota Bharu Budaya Express - Phone: 06-282 2555
Melaka-Ipoh-Lumut S.E.Express - Phone: 06-282 4327
Melaka-Johor Bahru/Singapore - Phone: 06-282 4470
Melaka-Tampin - Phone: 06-283 1667
Melaka-Muar - Phone: 06-283 1667
Places of Interest
Built in 1650 as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers, The Stadthuys is a fine example of Dutch architecture of that
Preserved in its original structure and form, the edifice now houses the History Museum and Ethnography Museum.
On display daily are traditional bridal costumes and relics from Melaka's glorious past.
St. Paul's Church
Originally named Our Lady of the Hill, this fine church was built by a Portuguese captain named Duarte Coelho. Years later, the Dutch turned
the chapel into a burial ground for their noble dead and renamed it St. Paul's Church.
St. Francis Xavier's remains were briefly enshrined in the open grave in 1553 before being brought back to Goa, India.
The hallmark of Melaka and perhaps the most photographed colonial building here 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.
Muzium Rakyat (People's Museum)
Here, there are exhibits on Melaka's economic and social progress spanning from after the independence of Malaya in 1957 till the end of the
20th century. The exhibits are segmented into tourism, agriculture, industry and other sectors.
The Baba and Nyonya Heritage
'Straits Chinese' or the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese who have adopted much of the Malay culture. The public can now view this unique
heritage at the private museum run by the Babas and Nyonyas of Melaka.
A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artefacts 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.
St. Peter's Church
Built in 1710 during the Dutch occupation in Melaka. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Malaysia and sits on a piece of land donated by
a Dutch gentleman, Maryber Franz Amboer.
Its façade and décor have a combination of Eastern and Western architecture. One of its bells was cast in Goa in 1608.
Poh San Teng Temple
The temple is located at the foot of Bukit China. This handsome place of worship was built in 1795 by Kapitan Tsai Shih Chang. Within the
temple is the famous well, San Pao Ching or Perigi Raja, subject of many legends and stories.
Hang Li Poh's Well
Built in 1459 by the followers of Hang Li Poh, the Chinese princess who married the Sultan of Melaka.
The well never dried up during the days of old and was the only source of water during great droughts. The Dutch enclosed it with stout
walls in 1677 to maintain ultimate right to the well.
It has been turned into a wishing well and it is said that those who throw coins into it will return to Melaka time and again.
St. John's Fort
Rebuilt by the Dutch during the third quarter of the 18th century, St. John's Fort was once a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St.
John the Baptist.
The fort has an interesting feature - cannons face inland as, during that time, attacks on Melaka came mainly from the hinterland instead of
from the sea.
Perhaps the right phrase to infer strong affinity to Portugal would be 'Mini Lisbon'. Located within the Portuguese Settlement, the square is
the centre of Portuguese culture in Melaka and Malaysia.
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