10 Best Tourist Attractions in Malacca
10 Best Tourist Attractions in Malacca – Commanding a significant location on the strenuous sea route between China and India on Malaysia’s southwestern beach, Malacca was contested over for centuries among the , Portuguese, Dutch and British. In the end, this modern city of Malaysia is now a famous tourist attraction packed with traditions, culture, cuisine, and architecture all reflecting its rich inheritance. Here is a look at ten of the best tourist attractions in Malacca
1. A Famosa
A Famosa is the remains of Portuguese fortress which are among the oldest remaining structures of Europe in Asia. A Famosa (Porta de Santiago) was built in the early 1500’s on a top of seaside hill in order to protect the newly conquered land from being invaded by other European nations or coming back to a sultanate. It was expected to create another friendly port of Portuguese along the Spice Route to make an easy trade for merchant ships which delivering spice between Asia and Europe. Later it fell into Dutch hands, and it was given to Britain to prevent from being conquered by Napoleonic France. Britain was afraid of its power if it were conquered, so it chose to destroy the fort instead of fortifying it further. A single small gate left and being preserved as Sir Raffles’ request, the founder of Singapore.
2. Malacca Straits Mosque
Malacca Straits Mosque was created in the early of twentieth century with a integration of Malay and Middle Eastern architectural styles. Built on an artificial Malacca island, the mosque was designed to appear as though it is floating when sea levels are high. In traditional Moorish style, most of outside of the building is white with vibrant color accents. In this case, one of the main showpieces that accent the mosque are green and yellow large stained-glass archways. The building is notably stunning at night, when a series of colored lights make the mosque as one of the most beautiful sights in all of Malacca. The mosque becomes as a popular and active worship place, but it also allows public tours.
3. Malacca Sultanate Palace
This one is not the authentic, it just a replica museum which was built in 1984 in order to expose the history of the region. The building was built based on the historical images Mansur Shah’s palace, the sultan who once reigned Malacca from 1456 to 1477. The palace has a set of dioramas that portray what a typical day inside the palace might look like. Guards, vendors, and supplicants accompany the main hall, that wait to make requests and pay tribute to the sultan. More than 1300 period items and a scale model of the building complete the rest of this historical museum.
This old city hall of Dutch is painted the same red color as Christ Church and as most of the other heritages of Dutch Colonial buildings in Malacca. It turned out from the offices of the Dutch governor and the deputy governor into a complimentary British English school. Now it becomes as History and Ethnography museum, it is believed to be one of the first museums in the region. It includes artifacts and traditional costumes which expose the many different periods of Malacca history.
5. Taming Sari Tower
This rotating tower is memorial of the space needle in Seattle, and has a lot of similar purpose. Part sightseeing excursion, part ride, the Taming Sari Tower is a great option to get an overall view at both the new and upcoming changes to city as well as the historical Malacca. The gyro tower has a seven-minute-long-ride and holds eighty people at one time. At the tower base there are a number of other activities to try, such as electric car rentals, carnival rides, and pony rides. Packet deals are available to purchase a ticket to the tower in association with some other attractions in Malacca.
6. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Built in 1646, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest active temple in Malaysia. It performs the three traditional Chinese doctrines of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is located along Harmony street, a home of many other temples and mosques, and greets visitors with an blooming gate decorated with Chinese lions. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple itself is made up of several prayer halls, the main hall dedicated to Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy. Smaller ones honor the gods of propagation, prosperity, and wealth, and serving a home for ancestral tablets as well.
7. Baba and Nyonya House Museum
Created from a mansion on row of millionaire, the museum was established by Chan Kim Lay, a fourth generation resident of the home in order to celebrate the wonderful and complex compound of Malay and Chinese culture, also known as Baba Nyonya. The museum provides a number of handiwork and crafts, including furniture, porcelain, and woodworking pieces. The large and painted tapestries hang on the walls with complicated a story of Chinese and Western cultures and carved frames are blending into a Malay world which is told through the pieces of the traditional home.
8. St. Paul’s Chruch
Primarily built by a Portuguese captain as a simple chapel in 1521, St. Paul’s Church presents views over Malacca from the top of St. Paul Hill. St. Francis Xavier, as one of the founders of the Jesuit order, he used the church as his missionary base of his journeys to Japan and China. In one of his journeys, Xavier then fell sick and finally died in 1552 in China. His body was temporarily buried here for nine months before being displacement to Goa, where it is today. Visitors can look into his ancient grave inside the church, and the saint marble statue gazing over the city.
9. Jonker Street
This street is the center of Malacca’s Chinatown. It started in Dutch Colonial era as the home to plenty of the Dutch nobility’s servants. Still, after the Dutch forsaken, it turned into the home of the nobles themselves. A lot of seventeenth-century manors still stay here, along with a great number of restaurants, and other amenities. When the large Chinese turn-out moved in, decorative accents like a large Chinese-style gateway were added. The road is blocked off every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night to be a pedestrian-only night market.
10. Christ Church
Christ Church was created within the eighteenth century to displace the old Portuguese church, and remains one of the main buildings of the Dutch Colonial times in Malacca. firstly white, this building was them painted red in the early 1900’s, and this color has turned into an indicator of most of the buildings from the Dutch times. The inside of the church is encrusted with several of tombstones, written in English, Armenian , Dutch and Portuguese. Often long-winded, these tombstones provide an attractive snapshot of life in colonial era.