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The Stadthuys

Melaka is famed as the place where the history of Malaysia began. It was founded in 1396 by Parameswara, an exiled prince from Sumatra. It thrived as a port-of-call to many ships and merchants from China, India, Arabia and Europe.

In 1511, it fell into the hands of the Portugese and subsequently to the Dutch in 1641, after a fierce battle with the former. In 1795, the Dutch relinquished control of Melaka to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of the French, when the Netherlands was captured during the French Revolution. It was returned to the Dutch in 1818 under the Treaty of Vienna but was later exchanged by the British for Bencoleen, Sumatra.

From 1826 onwards, it was ruled bu English East India Company in Calcutta together with Singapore and Penang under the Straits Settlements administration.

After World War II, nationalistic sentiments began to spread in the country, culminating in the proclamation of indenpendence by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia's first Premium Minister at the Padang Pahlawan (Warrior's Field) at Bandar Hilir, Melaka on 20 February 1956.

Melaka is rich in history and the many relics of the past will take visitors on a nostalgic journey that goes back to 600 years of a glorious and colourful past.

It is just two hours of drive from Kuala Lumpur.


The Stadthuys, built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and their officers, the edifice is an example of Dutch architecture. Preserved in its original structure and form. It now houses the History Musuem and Ethnography Museum. On display daily are traditional bridal costumes and relics from Melaka's glorious past.

Closed on Monday.

A' Famosa

The hallmark of Melaka and perhaps the most photographed landmark next to the Stadthuys. Built by the Portugese in 1511 as a fortress it sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion. The Dutch had set to destroy it but timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1808 saved what remains of A' Famosa today.

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage

Straits Chinese, Peranakans or the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese who have adopted much of the Malay culture. The Babas are a unique community on its own and Melaka is the original birth place of this community. They have been living in Melaka continuously for 600 years.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A town rich in history and culture.
  • Cons:Parking and one-way street is a problem here.
  • In a nutshell:A nostalgic journey that goes back to 600 years of a glorious past.
  • Last visit to Melaka: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2007
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  • Jul 24, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Hi There was a recent debate about the free map and the RM3 map. You can get free map from hotel and tourism office but the RM3 has better details and free discount voucher. Malaysians are expecting free things but what about quality?

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    Jul 6, 2006 at 3:13 PM

    I want to see Melaka. Thats all. Happy travells and greetings from London.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2005 at 8:50 PM

    Hmm, the chicken rice balls look good, I wonder if they are better than the ones I tried at restoran a'formosa

  • mansionion's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2005 at 6:36 AM

    Definitely won't miss this! Hope to see some pics here. :) -m-


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