Main Attractions and Sights in Malacca

Baba and Nyonya Peranankan Museum, housed in a Perankankan heritage building, offers a sneak peek into Peranankan history.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is Malaysia’s oldest Chinese temple.

Christ Church, a church built in the 18th century by the Dutch with bricks that they shipped from the Netherlands, is Malaysia’s oldest Protestant church. Very close to the Christ Church are the Stadhuys (town hall) and the Dutch Square, on which stands the Tang BengSwee Clock Tower.

Old Malacca, lying west of the Malacca River, has many streets like Jonker and Heeren that are worth visiting, with tiny shops, nicely decorated houses, mosques and temples. Harmony Street (JalanTokong) is also worth visiting, since it has a Chinese temple, a Hindu temple and a mosque.

Masjid Kampund Hulu, dating back to 1728, is one of Malacca’s oldest mosques still in use, as are Masjid Kampung Kling (located on Harmony Street) and Masjid Tengkera, whose architecture has Chinese, Arab and Javanese influences.

Porta de Santiago is the surviving gate of the old Portuguese fort A Famosa. It is located near St Paul’s Hill. Going up the hill, one comes to the St Paul’s Church which was converted by the Dutch into a church from the Portuguese fortress that it originally was.

Bukit China, one of the biggest Chinese cemeteries outside China with graves dating back to the late Ming dynasty, has a hill from the top of which one can get an amazing view of the town. No visit to Malacca is complete without a leisurely walk along the Melaka River.

Melaka Zoo in Ayer Keroh is the second largest zoo in Malaysia. It has a lake and animal enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitat.

Padang Kemunting Sea Turtle Sanctuary on Pantai Padang Kemunting beach allows visitors to see Hawksbill turtles. There are many beach resorts nearby. This area on the coast of the Straits of Malacca makes for a very relaxing one-day getaway.

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