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Heritage @ Melaka

Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. Paul Church

Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. Paul Church

The ruins of St. Paul’s church stand at the summit of St. Paul’s hill near the remains of A’ Famosa fortress. The site was originally occupied by the “Chapel of the Annunciation”, which was built in 1521 by Duarte Coelho in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for saving his life in the South China sea. […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. John Fort

Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. John Fort

The Portuguese built a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist on the top of a hill and the hill was named after him as St. John’s Hill or Bukit Senjuang. It was rebuilt by the Dutch in the 18th Century. In 1760 the Dutch built a fortress on the top of this hill to […]

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Melaka Museum Tip :: Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Melaka Museum Tip :: Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

The gateway to understand the Baba Nyonya culture One of Melaka most distinctive attractions is none other than the Peranakan or Straits Chinese, Chinese migrants who intermarried with the locals and settled here during the early 1400s. Over time, they assimilated Malay language and customs into their lives, and created a fusion culture of their […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: Hang Li Poh's well a.k.a Perigi Raja

Melaka Heritage Tip :: Hang Li Poh’s well a.k.a Perigi Raja

This ancient well is the oldest well in the Malay Peninsula, and it’a known as The King’s well (also known as Perigi Raja) or Hang Li Poh’s well or Sam Poh’s well is immediately adjacent to Poh San Teng temple. It was constructed during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah (from 1458-1477) for his fifth […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: China Hill Cemetery a.k.a Bukit China

Melaka Heritage Tip :: China Hill Cemetery a.k.a Bukit China

Bukit China is situated southeast of Malacca Town, about 148 metres above sea level and covers an area of 42 hectares. Bukit China used to be a resident zone for Hang Li Po and her maids in the 15th century. After Melaka was conquered by Portuguese, the Portuguese built a Franciscan chapel on this hill […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

Melaka Heritage Tip :: Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

The Sri Poyyatha, built in 1710, is a Hindu temple standing on the same street as Kampong Hulu Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng temple. The coexistence of these three distinct faiths is a testament to the religious pluralism and tolerance of Melaka. Erected in 1781, this temple enshrines the deity Vinayagar. In the back room […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: Stadthuys (Town Hall)

Melaka Heritage Tip :: Stadthuys (Town Hall)

The massive red town hall and governors’ residence is the most prominent relic of the Dutch era in Melaka. Built between 1641 and 1660, it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. It displays all the typical features of Dutch colonial architecture, including substantial solid doors and louvred windows. This building […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: Christ Church Melaka

Melaka Heritage Tip :: Christ Church Melaka

Christ Church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Construction began in 1741 on the centennial of the Dutch occupation, and it was completed in 1753. Before this date the Dutch used the old Portuguese church atop St. Paul’s hill for their religious services. Christ Church bears all the hallmarks of 18th-century Dutch architecture: […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: A’Famosa (Porta De Santiago)

Melaka Heritage Tip :: A’Famosa (Porta De Santiago)

This entrance is the only remnant of the old fort built by the Portuguese after their conquest of Melaka in 1511. A Famosa, or “The Famous” in Portuguese, is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia. Once part of a mighty fortress, this tiny gate (called the Porta de Santiago) is […]

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Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. Paul’s Hill Civic Zone @ Town Square

Melaka Heritage Tip :: St. Paul’s Hill Civic Zone @ Town Square

St. Paul’s Hill Civic Zone St. Paul’s Hill Civic Zone St. Paul’s Hill Civic Zone has always been the seat of the governing bodies from the time Melaka was founded to very recently. The establishment of a kingdom at the locality was due to its commanding position facing the river mouth and the Straits of […]

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