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  • Melaka’s Portuguese Village (Medan Portugis)
    3 stars

    Every visitor to Melaka explores Chinatown and sees the Malay settlement of Kampung Morten from the river cruise, but the Portuguese Village on the outskirts of the city receives few visitors. Make the trip out to learn more about the descendants of Melak Melaka was a colony of Portugal from 1511 ... read more

  • Melaka's best Museums
    3.5 stars

    The long-term plan authorities have for the historic city of Melaka is for it to offer a whopping 21 museums. Unfortunately the emphasis is on quantity over quality, and has resulted in some spectacular bores. Read on to learn which museums are worth your ... read more

  • Christ Church
    4 stars

    This salmon-red church is one of Melaka's iconic heritage buildings found at Dutch Square. The architecture is classic colonial Dutch and the bricks were imported all the way from the Netherlands -- no easy task in the 1740s. Originally a Dutch Reformed Church, when the British took over ... read more

  • The Stadthuys
    3.5 stars

    Meaning City Hall, this huge salmon-red red building was the residence of Melaka's colonial Dutch governors and has the bread oven to prove it. The interior has been converted into a sprawling, if rather dull, History and Ethnography Museum with antique porcelain, keris swords and creepy ... read more

  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
    4 stars

    Built in 1645, this ornate Chinese temple is considered to be the oldest in Malaysia. The materials used to build it were imported from China, and its lacquer work and carvings of mythological creatures make it one of Chinatown's most impressive buildings. The impeccable restoration work even ... read more

  • Jonker Walk
    4 stars

    Now officially known as Jalan Hang Jebat, this is the heart of Melaka's Chinatown and prime grounds for souvenir shopping and sampling local specialties like pineapple tarts and chicken rice balls. Most of the Chinese shophouses have been converted into antique stores or cafes, but a precious few ... read more

  • Baba & Nyonya Heritage House
    4 stars

    The Baba Nyona, the unique culture that formed when wealthy Chinese merchants married local Malay women, certainly appreciated the finer things in life. This ancestral house showcases many of them, from carved hardwood furniture to beaded slippers. Don't miss the bridal chamber and the black and ... read more

  • A'Famosa (Porta de Santiago)
    3 stars

    Perhaps this fortress built by the Portugese in 1511 was once "famous" (Famosa), but it now lies largely in ruins. All that survives is the gate house and a few antique cannons have been placed in front for touristy photo-ops. Before it was destroyed, the fortress passed from the Portuguese ... read more

  • St. Paul's Church
    3.5 stars

    Another remnant of Portuguese rule is this Catholic church atop a hill in the centre of town. The church itself, built in 1521 was visited on a number of occasions by the Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier and following his death in 1552 his body was buried here for a period before being shifted ... read more

  • Kampong Morten
    3.5 stars

    Located along the west bank of the Melaka River, Kampong Morten is a collection of traditional Malay wooden houses. Many were built in the 1920s, but have been beautifully restored if a bit tackily decorated (picture roofs tiled to resemble the Malaysia flag). You can get a glimpse from the Melaka ... read more

  • Maritime Museum Complex
    4 stars

    Also known at the Samudera Museum, its star is the Flor de la Mar, a 34-metre tall replica of a Portuguese vessel that sank on its way back to Europe. Inside there's a collection of antique maps, model ships and old sea-faring devices, but admission is worth it just to climb aboard the ship. ... read more

  • Melaka Sultanate Palace
    3 stars

    This ornate wooden building at the base of St Paul's Hill is a replica of the palace where the Sultan of Melaka lived in the 15th century before the Portuguese arrived. The palace was built based on written descriptions in the Malay Annals texts using only materials and techniques available at the ... read more

  • Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
    4 stars

    Named for the Chinese mariner who travelled to 33 countries from 1405 till 1433, including Malaysia, this is the largest and priciest of Melaka's museums. Its 13 galleries give exhaustive coverage of the history of the Chinese in Melaka as well as Chinese art, tea culture, religion and sea-faring. ... read more

  • Church of St Francis Xavier
    3.5 stars

    The white spires of this Gothic-style church tower above Melaka's historic area. The impressive building was completed in 1856, having taken nearly seven years to complete, and still functions as a Catholic church. It is named in honour of St Francis Xavier, the 16th century missionary who ... read more

  • Kampong Kling Mosque
    3.5 stars

    A mosque has stood in this spot since 1748, making it among the oldest in all of Malaysia. It's not just notable for its age, but also its unique architecture that blends Sumatran, Indian, Malay and even Chinese elements. The minaret looks a lot like a pagoda and if you look closely at the ... read more

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