The Historical City Of Malacca

Welcome to Malacca World Heritage City. On this site you
will find comprehensive listing with information on almost
every aspect of visiting and living in Malacca.

Malacca History

· Introduction
· The state crest
· The state flag
· History and historical chronology
· Malacca's historical sites
· Places of interest
· Trivia and folklore
  · The legend of Pulau Besar
  · St. Francis lore
  · The first school in Malaysia
  · Admiral Cheng Ho's famous fingerprints
  · A Chinese princess and a magic well
  · Population of Malacca in 1881
· Malacca Walkabout
  · Historical site walk
  · Religious houses tour
  · Jogging on Bukit China
· Legendary visitors of ancient Malacca
  · Admiral Cheng Ho (Zheng He)
  · Ferdinand Magellan
  · Saint Francisco Xavier
  · Sir Stamford Raffles
  · Yap Ah Loy
· The Malay Sultanate of Malacca
  · The early stages
  · The administration
  · The political functions
· The Portuguese conquest of Malacca
· The Malacca fort 'A Famosa'
· Back to the past
  · Alfred Russel Wallace (1854)
  · Isabella Lucy Bird (1879)
· Old paintings and maps of Malacca
· Black and white pictures of yesteryears
· The ruins of St. Paul's Church
· Birdwatching at Bukit China


Places of interest in Malacca (Melaka)

Al Azim Mosque

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


Malacca Zoo

It is located about 13 km from Malacca city. It is the second largest zoo in the country covering and area of 54 acres with about 1,200 animals made up of 200 different species of animals found in Southeast Asia and Africa amidst natural setting. It was established in 1963 and it is the first zoo in the region with the almost extinct Sumatran Rhinoceres and Seladang on display. The latest attraction is the "Safari Theme Park". Rated the best zoo in this part of the country, it is an enciting place to discover the animal kingdom at your own pace. Entrance fee for adult is RM5.00 and children is RM2.00. Visiting hours is daily from 9.00 am to 6 pm.


Portuguese Square

Perhaps the right phrase to infer strong affinity to Portugal would be 'Mini Lisbon'. Located within the Portuguese Settlement, the square is the culmination of Portuguese culture in its full splendour and colours.


A'Famosa Water World

Located near Simpang Empat, Alor Gajah. A'Famosa Water World is fully equipped with a captivating array of international standard water theme park facilities ensuring thrilling hours of fun and excitement for everyone.


Light and Sound Display

The best way to learn up the history of Malacca. The Light and Sound show at Bandar Hilir, Padang Pahlawan is the first such project in South East Asia. It is equal to other projects namely the Egyptian Pyramid at Gaza, the Acropolis at Athens, and the Red Fort at Delhi. Significant events in Malacca’s history are re-enacted by means of lights, narrative, dialogue, music and relative sound effects to project real-life drama that will glue visitors to the seat. Highly educational yet entertaining, visitors to Malacca should make it a point to attend the show to understand Malacca, its culture, its people and the history of Malaysia. The shows starts at 8.30pm with narration in English and the tickets cost RM10.00 for adults and RM2.00 for children.


Jasin's Museum

Established to uncover the facts, and the myths, behind the establishment of Jasin as one of the significant settlements of Malacca's territorial expansion. Exhibits range from historical and cultural artifacts.


River Boat Cruise

Discover the places where countless generations of traders from all over the world had lived and pilled their trade. Part of Malacca's charm lies in its narrow, meandering river which winds through the heart of the old town. Witness the spot where one scene from the movie "Entrapment" starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones was filmed. In the actual movie it shows both of them cruising down the Malacca River with the foreground replaced with the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Located near the Malacca Tourist Information Centre.


Hawksbill turtle (Pulau Upeh)

The Hawksbill turtle is a medium sized marine turtle with a hawklike beak and a thorny shell. Brown and likely striped, these turtles find the ideal resting ground on the island of Upeh. One of the earth's rarest species it lays its eggs from the month of March to June but visitors can expect to catch sight of at least a few turtles every night throughout the year.


Peacock Paradise Bird Park

Located in 4.5 hectares of landscaped pathways the Peacock Paradise Bird Park is the world's largest walk in aviary. It contains over 3000 free flying birds from 100 species within a netted enclosure. It opens from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm with entrance fee for adults at RM5, children 7 to 12 years old RM2 and children from 5 to 6 years old RM1 . Located near Air Keroh along the way to Durian Tunggal Town.


Alor Gajah's Museum

Exhibits will help visitors to journey into the past and to visualise the amazing stories behind the district of Alor Gajah.


Bullock Cart Ride

At one time the main mode of transportation for the rich of Malacca. The features that separate the bullock cart of Malacca to that of others are, the pointed roof in the shape of the hor of a bull, trappings and colours. A ride around Air Keroh near the Crocodile Farm at a minimal fee of RM1.50/person.


Butterfly Farm

One of the world's most comprehensive butterfly and insect farms with well over 200 local species including rare ones namely Raja Brooke and Birdwing. There is also a collection of more than 400 insect specimens.


Auyin Hill Resort

Constructed based on the philosophy of 'Feng Shui' (geomancy), the resort is one of a kind in the country. Every element has been placed relative to the principle of celestial and terrestrial positioning accuracy to enhance its charm, 'chi'(power) and prosperity.


Mini Malaysia

A marvelous theme complex to enable visitors to view the traditional houses of the 13 states of Malaysia on a single visit. The complex displays life-size authentic houses of Malaysia crafted by master builders. Each house has been furnished with corresponding elements adding ambience of originality that capture the houses in their traditional setting.


Mini ASEAN

A unique theme park conceived as the summary of prominent cultural elements of the countries that make up ASEAN i.e. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Phillipines, Singapore and Brunei.


Recreational Forest

A serene setting of tropical forests awaits discovery. Untouched to enable visitors to truly experience a leisurely walk through a tropical haven.The trees are labelled making it fun and an educational for a quick lesson in Malaysia's rich flora and fauna. It is an ideal setting for juggle tracking, hiking, jogging and cycling. The routes are marked.


Crocodile Farm

The farm is the largest in the country. More than 100 species of crocodiles are reared here including Albino and hunchbacked. Lanscaped to create a natural environment conducive for the reptiles.


Dol Said Grave

The ninth ruler of Naning who defiantly opposed the imposition of tax on the districtby the British. The Naning war, waged in 1834, made Dol Said a hero of exceptional valor that earned him a permanent place in the history of Malacca.


Gadek Hot Spring

Located in the District of Alor Gajah, approximately 30 km away from Malacca. It was believed that local villagers discovered the hot spring in the forest after watching some English soldiers settled around the spring. After the war, visitors from far and wide discovered that the hot spring had strong healing elements unlike many that they had encountered before. Today visitors can enjoy the spa pool or the "Soak In Pool" for those seeking therapeutic cure for skin ailments. A restuarant and playground is made available to provide additional attractions for visitors. An ideal spot for family outing. It opens daily from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm. Entrance fee for adult is RM2.00 and children between age 4 to 12 years is RM1.00.


Dutch Fort

About 49 km. from Malacca city on the route to Port Dickson stands a Dutch fort built in 1757. It stands on raised ground known as Bukit Supai(Sepoy's Hill).


Hang Tuah's Mausoleum

A fully decorated admiral of Malacca's naval forces, who defended successfully, countless attacks against Malacca sovereignty from Siamese and Achinise fleets. Hang Tuah's outstanding performance as a military officer made him a legend that has graced many a court and the history of Malacca.


Hang Tuah's well

Located in Kampung Duyong where Hang Tuah was born and spent his childhood among four of his good friends who would later become the famous knights of Malacca. The well is said to be the abode of his soul, which takes the apparition. of a white crocodile. For a commoner to catch the glimpse of Hang Tuah is hardly likely. It is said that the holy among us can ever hope to see the apparition.


Pulau Besar

A haven for holiday makers seeking sandy beaches, clear blue water, the sun and the sea front chalets on stilts. The island is an excellent resort for swimming, fishing, picnicking and snorkeling. The island has long been associated with fascinating legends and myths such as "Keramat 7 Beradik", "Makam Nenek Kebayan", "Tasik Bunian", "Batu Belah", "Keramat Sultan Arifeen", and "Makam Sharifah Rodziah". The island was once an anchoring point for ancient ships before Malacca was founded and is one of the five islets called "wu-shu" used by the chinese navigators as landmarks in the Ming dynasty.


Tun Teja's Mausoleum

The daughter of Sri Amar Di Raja Pahang convinced by Hang Tuah to marry Sultan Mahmud Shah. Died a queen in Merlimau, about 24 km. from Malacca City, while retreating with members of Malacca royal family from Portuguese attack in 1511.


Malacca Traditional House

Architecturally resplendent and signature to Malacca's 19th century artistic style. Built by a Chieftain, intricate wood carving forms the unique facade as well as the interior section of the house. Located 5 km. Southwest of Merlimau town.


Cape Rachado

Birdwatchers' paradise. An important lowland marking to migrating birds set in a serene headland forest punctuated by a blue lagoon and a beautiful beach. Tanjung Tuan, with an area of 93 hectares, was first gazetted in 1921 as a Permanent Forest Reserve. However, part of this was later excised for development and the remaining 60 hectares given full protection in 1953 when it was declared a Virgin Jungle Reserve. In 1971, the site received increased legal protection when it was gazetted as a Wildlife Reserve. Located here is the oldest lighthouse in the country which was build in 1817 by the Dutch. It is said that the legendary warrior Hang Tuah left his footprint here. It is also believed that Parameswara's grave is located in this area. Many ancient Portuguese and Dutch shipwreck lie at the bottom of the sea nearby. In March and October each year thousand of raptors on migration stop over here.


Grilled Fish spots

On the shores at Serkam and Pengkalan Pernu(Umbai) some 15 Km. and 10 km. respectively from Malacca, on the road south to Muar, visitors can pick their own fish and savour the delightful flavour of fresh grilled fish with an assortment of local dishes in a kampung or village environment.


Trishaw Ride

The best way to enjoy Malacca in a slow and laid back manner. The trishaw will take you through streets and corners of Malacca that you could easily miss out if you decide to venture on your own. The trishaw can be rented on hourly or distance covered basis at The Stadthuys.



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