"Malacca River" Melaka Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The Malacca River played an important role in the development of Malacca. It was near the mouth of this river that the Hindu prince Parameswara of Sumatra settled and established his sultanate, at the beginning of the 15th century. His palace was built on the east bank of the river, at the foot of Malacca Hill (present day St Paul's Hill). The river became an important conduit for trade. In addition, it was a source of fresh water. The river enabled access to the interior, and provided a means for forest produce such as rattan, canes, gums and resins, to be brought down to the market. The Portuguese were able to conquer Malacca by seizing control of the river; to do this they burned the bridge across it.

In the 19th century, the wealthy Straits Chinese bought properties on the northwest bank of the river, along roads such as Heeren and Jonker Streets. Today, the Malacca River has been cleaned up and rehabilitated but there's still some rather run-down looking places along it. However, smart looking cafes line its banks plus there's a path which you can walk along. There is also a Malacca River boat ride. The ride takes 45 minutes. The fare, at time of writing, is RM7 for adults and RM3 for children. The tour starts at the Malacca River Boat Jetty near the Dutch Square (Town Square).

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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