Malacca is famous for its rich cultural heritage, subsequent to the colonial rule of Portuguese, Dutch and British. Traditional culture is carried on by the Baba & Nyonya who are descendants of the Chinese delegates of Ming Dynasty where they emigrated from China and settled down here. With its unique blend of ancient buildings and modern living alongside breathtaking sights, Malacca has attract tourists from all over the world.
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Malacca Jonker Street
Jonker Street, located in the heart of the Melacca city, is one of the local landmark. It is a famous street globally for its rich collection of authentic antiques, the cultural aspect and the architecture. Various antique buildings which are all being maintained and well-preserved can be found at here. A Malacca trip is never complete without a visit to Jonker Street!
There are lots of historical landmarks, bars and cafes, restaurants and attractions here. Some of the recommended places are Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum, Mamee Jonker House, Geographer Café, Hard Rock Cafe Malacca, San Shu Gong local produce shop, etc.
For those antique lover, Jonker Street is definitely a must visit place as there are various genuine antiques from the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonial periods and ancient Chinese items. Moreover, there are also a wide collection of fabrics, jewellery, wooden clogs, arts and crafts and other memorable items at reasonable prices.
A highlight is the Jonker Walk Night Market, where you can find a wide array of stalls, ubiquitous bargains as well as live music coursing throughout the area. Geographer’s Café, a famous place for great drinks and Nyonya food in Malacca are being recommended by most of tourists.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum was established by Chan’s family in 1986, It is a museum that exhibits the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in the state. The three-storey museum is beautifully designed from exterior to interior. Featuring the hand-painted tiles, carved teakwood doors and the Venetian shuttered windows, it even houses a collection of wood furniture and gold-leaf fixtures.
The tour provided in the museum will give explanation on the colourful lifestyle and culture of Peranakans in old times such as traditional food, dress style, furniture, and even their marriage in details.
Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum
Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum exhibits the life of Zheng He and his world voyage in his fleets. Being the largest museum in the state, the museum divided into three levels and occupies 8 units of old shop houses. There are several sections in the museum which are Old Malacca Village, Ship Gallery, Treasure Ship, Antique Gallery and Garden Courtyard.
Mamee Jonker House
Believe that every child in Malaysia knows Mamee, the famous snack in Malaysia. It has established their first concept store in Malacca named Mamee Jonker House. This wonderful place is suitable for both parents and children as there are some amazing activities provided such as teaching workshop on how to make noodle snacks. Children can unleash their creativity to get their own version of cup noodle from colouring on the instant noodles cups, choosing the ingredients to put inside and packing their instant noodles cup. This is definitely a good bonding times with children.
One of the best things to do in Malacca is take a river cruise. Malacca River is a slow-moving river that cuts across the city and it has played a key role in Melaka’s colourful history. Taking river cruise is a great way to see the sights of Melaka at a leisurely pace, in comfort and with reasonable fees. Other than taking river cruise, you may choose to walk along the river. There is lots of colorful graffiti art on the buildings which adds to the atmosphere.
Saint Paul’s Church
Saint Paul’s Church is a historic church building in Malacca City. It was built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Christ Church Melaka
Christ Church Malacca is also one of the notable structures in Malacca. It is an 18th-century Anglican church in Malacca City and it stands as the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. The church was surrounded by greenery landscape and flowers, this makes the place like vintage church in Europe.
Besides, there are lots of colourful trishaw in front of the church, visitors can take a ride to experience a different view of Malacca. The trishaw will take you through streets and corners of Melaka’s historic city center that you could easily miss out if you decide to venture on your own. The trishaw is rented on hourly or distance covered basis at The Stadthuys.
Dutch Square is surrounded by several eye-catching red buildings and thus it is also known as Red Square. The red square reflects the great history of Malacca, the influences of Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese during old times can be observed through the architecture of buildings enclosing the red square.
A big fountain is at the square centre which commemorating the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. You may enjoy amazing street performance on the street or visit the souvenir stalls.
The Stadthuys Malacca
The Stadthyus, being the oldest-surviving building built by Dutch, was once the residence of the Dutch officers and governors. It is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower.