The best way to enjoy the scenery in Melaka is in a slow and laid back manner, either by walking along the streets or by taking a trishaw ride.
Lucky to have met the uncle who drove us around melaka. He speaks good english compare to other locals. Not just driving a trishaw, he was an exceptional tour guide too! Felt sorry coz I forgot his name but by any chance you spot him don’t doubt to take the trishaw ride from him. 🙂
Trishaw ride is available for hire at the Stadthuys Complex, in front of Christ Church.
Let’s now have this as starting point for visiting the old part of the town. Next to the Melaka river is The Dutch Square.
The dutch buildings used to be painted in white until the British governor ordered it to be painted red.
Had plenty of shots with this Victoria Clock Tower but none of those shows the clock. hahaha! (too late for me to realize though) lol :p
The two most prominent buildings in the Dutch Square are Christ Church and The Stadthuys. Both were built during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century. Christ Church functions as a church till today but The Stadthuys which used to be an administrative center for a few consecutive governments is now a museum.
Watermill along the river, just beside the ruins of the old Portuguese and Dutch ramparts.
As you explore the little city of Melaka you’ll learn about the rich heritage and history that has shaped the landscape and left a mark on Malaysia’s cultural lifestyle.
The Maritime Museum located near the Melaka River bank is a replica of Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship which sank in a shipwreck in 1511.
In front of the Architecture Museum is the old train and plane.
Fort A Famosa, a historical structure with an interesting history, was amongst the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia built by the Portuguese.
Ain’t tired though! haha :p
City view before taking the steep flight of stairs to the summit of St. Paul’s hill.
Had a lot of sweat to reach the summit of St Paul’s Hill where there were the ruins of St Paul’s Church. But the site was worth it!
Lining the walls of the ruined church were intricately engraved tombstones belonging to Dutch nobles.
Roofless and covered in ferns, it was originally called the Nossa Senhora da Anunciada (Our Lady of the Annunciation).
Though it has been in ruins for more than 150 years, it is a beautiful, breezy sanctuary (reached after a steep flight of stairs) set near the remains of A’ Famosa fort.
This Armless Statue of St. Francis Xavier, built in 1953, stands within the complex commemorating Malaysia’s best-known missionary. St Francis Xavier, the missionary who introduced the Catholic faith to Malacca. Stories say that when Xavier was to be canonized in 1614 the Vatican demanded the right arm (this was the arm Francis used to bless his converts) from the body. When it was cut off, blood appeared to drip, 6o-odd years after his death; when the marble statue was erected in 1952, on the morning after its consecration a large casuarina tree fell on it severing its right arm.
Definitely a good view of the city!
Located on Jalan Laksamana, this century old Catholic church’s was built in 18th century in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary also known as ‘Apostle of the East.
How can a melaka trip be complete without visiting the famous Jonker street? Every Friday and Saturday nights, Jonker Walk would be closed to vehicular traffic. Watch the street come to life when the night market vendors took over the road.
This popular tourist attraction is littered with the tacky souvenir stores and plenty of restaurants. On weekend nights, the place is transformed. Traffic is not allowed, and hawkers set up their stalls for the Weekend Night Market.
Jonker street is literally littered by food and souvenir shop houses.
And this JONKER 88 NONYA ASSAM LAKSA @ JALAN HANG JEBAT is a must try!
Sun is a bit setting off.. It’s indeed the best time to take the ride from Menara Taming Sari (a revolving observation deck from a height of 80 meters).
It would be an incomplete visit to Malacca without cruising the Malacca river. This sums up the day! Indeed a nice ambience along the river and the lights are enchanting!
THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD TIP FOR ALL VISITING MALACCA FROM SINGAPORE.
How to Get to Malacca by Coach?
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