The hallmark of Malacca, A Famosa is one of the most popular sightseeing spot for tourists
and visitors. The Portuguese built this fortress overlooking the river in 1511 to maintain
their stronghold over the Far East and it is now one of the oldest surviving European
architectural remains in South East Asia.
The Stadhuys (Red House)
Believed to be the biggest and oldest Dutch colonial structure in South East Asia, it still
stands out today as the most prominent building in Malacca town square because of its
size and salmon pink colour. Construction began in 1641 and it took 20 years to complete
with the materials imported from the Netherlands. It is now a museum that is open to the
public from 9am till 6pm daily.!
St. Paul's Church
Situated on top of a hill, this church was also built during the Portuguese reign. Only the
ruins remain now but because of its close proximity to A Famosa, visitors need only to
climb a flight of steps from here to reach the site.
Cheng Hoon Teng's Temple
The oldest Chinese temple in the country dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, “Kuan Yin”.
It was built in the early 17th century by the leader of the Chinese community at that time.
The architectural style and intricate design of this temple reflects its southern Chinese
The Baba and Nyonya Heritage
This museum is actually a house located in the famous Tun Tan Cheng Lock street. It was
once the home of a Baba family but in 1896 it was converted to showcase the unique
blend of eastern and western architecture incorporated into the design of this heritage
Kampung Kling Mosque
One of the traditional mosques in Malacca which still retains its original design. Built of
wood in 1748 by Indian Muslim traders, it was later rebuilt with bricks to include a mixture
of Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and Malay architectural styles.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
Built in 1781, this is one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia. It is dedicated to the
elephant-headed Hindu God Vinayagar (more commonly known as Ganesha) and its
rectangular shaped temple features a Dutch architectural style.
Malacca’s Chinatown centre once renowned for its many shops selling a vast collection of
antiques. Situated along Jalan Hang Jebat, it is now more famous for its weekly night
market on Friday and Saturday selling a variety of local food, handicrafts and other
products to local and foreign tourists.
Melaka River Cruise
A scenic riverboat ride that takes you on a 40 minutes journey down the waterway which
passes by kampong houses and river warehouses. The journey seeks to recreate what
was once an important transport route for trade and commerce during a bygone era.
Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
This museum, as the name implies, showcases artifacts related to Admiral Cheng Ho
including a model treasure ship, navigational instruments, a tea house, and other exhibits.
Opened in 2006, the gallery also houses an exhibition of his influential life as a famous
explorer in the context of Malacca’s history.