Melaka’s history began in 1403 with the arrival of Parameswara, an exiled Hindu Prince from the Kingdom of Sri Vijaya in Sumatra. He assumed the title of Raja Iskandar when he embraced Islam and became the first ruler of this new kingdom which marked the early beginnings of the Sultanate of Melaka.
In time, Melaka gained prominence as a vibrant maritime trading centre and was coveted by several foreign powers.
The Portugese led by Alfonso’d Albuquerque conquered Melaka in 1511 and colonized it for 130 years. The Dutch then came in 1641 and ruled for 154 years. They were followed by the British in 1824 who ruled until the country gained its independence.
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Why Historical Malacca (600 years of history) is special ?
Porto de Santiago / A' Famosa – built 1511 – Gateway of Portugese fortress
St. Paul’s Church – built 1521 – where St. Francis Xavier was once buried
St. Peter's Church - built in 1710 - the oldest Christian Church still in use in Malaysia
Stadhuys – built 1641 to 1660 – pink colored Dutch administrative buildings
Christ Church – built 1753 – A well preserved example of Dutch masonry.
Cheng Hong Teng – built 1645 – oldest known Chinese temple in the peninsula
Kampung Kling Mosque – one of the oldest mosque in the country
Hindu Vinayagar Temple – built 1781
Jonker Street / Heeran Street – Place where you can buy antiques or gift
Malacca River Mouth
Maritime Museum – Replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank of the Malacca Coast
Portuguese Settlement, Sultans Well, Bukit China and Traditional Malay House
What to explore at Historical Malacca (600 years of history)?
Duration:Approximately 9 hours
Pick up time:0900
Depart from Kuala Lumpur at 9.30am with a short refreshment stop in between. We will arrive in Melaka in about 1 ½ - 2 hours. On arrival, visit St. Peter’s Church (1710) – the oldest Christian Church still in use in Malaysia. Drive past the largest 17th Century Chinese Cemetery outside of China, located at Bukit China or Chinese Hill. Stop at the foothill to view the Sultan’s Well before driving through the Portuguese Settlement. Proceed to view famous gateway, ‘Porto de Santiago’ and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church lined by 17th Century Dutch tombstones. Next on the list is ‘Red Square’ – the Salmon – Pink Dutch administrative buildings which today houses the Melaka Museum and some other government offices. Visit Christ Church before proceeding for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we visit the ‘Abode of the Green Merciful Clouds’ or the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – the only temple where you can find 3 major doctrines of local Chinese belief under the same roof, i.e. Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Visit Kampung Kling Mosque and Hindu Vinayagar temple and lastly take a stroll along Melaka’s Antique Street which ends by the banks of the Melaka River.