Malacca : capital of the state of Malacca – Part 1

Malacca is the capital of the state of Malacca which is on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.

Overview of Malacca

• It has a rich historical and cultural background from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.
• The city center was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008.
• This was listed along with Georgetown, Penang.
• Malacca is administered by its Legislative Assembly and Executive Committee.
• The EXCO is responsible to the State Assembly.
• It is headed by the Governor.
• He is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
• The Chief Minister’s Department is responsible for the overall administration of the State.

For administrative purposes, Malacca is divided into three districts under separate jurisdiction:
• Malacca Central District & Land Office
• Alor Gajah District & Land Office
• Jasin District & Land Office

Places to see in Malacca

Heritage area
1. Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum
• Ph: +60 6 283 1233
• Opening hours: 10AM-12:30PM, 2:30PM-4:30PM
• Closed on Tuesdays.
• Step back in time with a visit to this museum.
• This is an actual Peranakan heritage town house.
• It is a great example of Peranakan culture.
• It is on Heeren Street.
• The entry fee is RM10 per person.
• Everyone has to follow a guide-led group.
• Photography is forbidden.

2. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
• 25, Jalan Tokong
• Ph: +60 6 282 9343
• Opening hours: Morning to 7PM
• This is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia.
• It has an inscription dating 1685.
• It commemorates the deeds of Captain China Li Wei King.

3. Christ Church
• This church was built between 1741 and 1753.
• It replaced a Portuguese church.
• Bricks were shipped from Zeeland in the Netherlands.
• On the floor of the church one will find Dutch tombstones.
• It is the oldest protestant church in Malaysia.
• On the altar one will see sacramental silverware.
• It still bears the Dutch coat of arms.
• Timings: 8:30AM-5PM Mon-Sat.
• Free admission.
• Photography is forbidden.

4. Dutch Square
• This is a beautiful square around Christ Church and the Stadhuys.
• On this square you will find the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower.
• It looks Dutch whereas it is not Dutch.
• It was built in 1886.

5. Malaysian Navy Museum
• This is across the road from the Maritime Museum.

6. Malay and Islamic World Museum, Jalan Kota
• This is beside the Porta de Santiago.
• It currently houses a Museum of Torture.
• This is for a limited duration on the ground floor.

7. Jonker, Heeren and adjacent streets
• This is the residential heart of Old Malacca.
• This is just west of the Malacca River.
• It has narrow winding streets.
It has:
– beautifully decorated houses
– tiny shops
– temples
– mosques
– restaurants
– hotels

8. Harmony Street
• It is called so as it has the prayer houses of Malaysia’s three main faiths. They are:
– The Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple
– The Sri Poyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple
– The Kampung Kling Mosque

9. Masjid Kampung Hulu
• Masjid Kampung Hulu is one of the oldest functioning mosques in Melaka.
• It was built in 1728.
• This mosque is together with:
– Masjid Kampung Kling
– Masjid Tengkera (Tranquerah)
– Jln Tengkera
• These mosques see the mixed architecture of Chinese, Javanese and Arab which is clearly visible on the minarets and the roofs.

10. Muzium Budaya Sultanate Palace
• Below the hill you will find this museum named Melaka Cultural Museum.
• It is a reconstruction of the istana of the sultan Mansur Shah.
• It was built in 1985.
• It is open daily from 9AM to 6PM.
• It is open on Tuesdays, and on Fridays from 12:15PM – 2:45PM.
• Entrance fee RM 2.

11. Porta de Santiago
• One will find the remains of the Old Portuguese fort.
• This is around St Paul’s Hill.
• This is mostly Dutch reconstruction.
• It bears the VOC coat of arms.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Malaysia is tropical.
• The north-east monsoon which is from October to February deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain.
• It often causes flooding, while the west coast which includes Langkawi and Penang escape unscathed.
• The milder south-west monsoon which is from April to October reverses the pattern.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Malacca International Airport is located about 10 km from the city of Malacca.
• Firefly flies domestically from KL and only limited international flights to nearby Indonesian destinations.
• Sky Aviation, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia: 5 times a week to/from Pekanbaru.
• Wings Air, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia: Daily services to/from Pekanbaru.
• Firefly, Medan in Sumatra and Subang: 2 weekly.

2. By Bus
There are plenty of long-distance express buses that connect Malacca with:
– Kuala Lumpur
– Seremban
– Johor Bahru
– Singapore
– Other parts of Peninsular Malaysia.
• Express buses will also drop you off at Malacca Central/Melaka Sentral.
• Walk to the back of Melaka Sentral bus station and you can take a local bus no.17 all the way to the principal backpacker’s district.
• This bus goes to Chinatown and Taming Sari.

From Malacca International Airport
• Batang Bus from Melaka Sentral will go past the airport.
• Buses will stop by the main road about 200 m from the airport building.
• Tuahbas No. 65 to Taman Merdeka also goes from Melaka Sentral past the airport via Bachang.
• Transnasional runs multiple direct buses daily at 01:15, 07:45, 09:15, 11:45, 14:15, 16:15, 18:45, 20:15,& 21:15
• RM22/16 adult/child

From Singapore
• Many bus companies operate from Lavender St. bus terminal directly to Melaka Sentral.
• The fares can vary starting from around S$14-S$50 one way depending on class of the bus.
• Bus rides often take any time between 3.5-5 hours.

Some of the companies operating to/from Malacca are:
• Transnational
• Malacca-Kuala Lumpur Express
• Jebat Ekspres
• Malacca-Singapore Express
• Delima Express
• Mayang Sari Express
• MCW Express

3. By train
• Malacca Town is not served by any railway lines.
• The nearest railway station is at Pulau Sebang.
• Ph:+60 6 341 1034

4. By car
• Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway.
• When coming from the south, drive along E2 and leave the expressway at the Ayer Keroh exit.
• One can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Melaka.
• This route will pass through the town of Alor Gajah and now with the new highway.
• The trip from Simpang Empat to Melaka will take approximately 20-30 min by car.

Malacca is:
– 150 km (93 mi) from Kuala Lumpur
– 216 km (134 mi) from Johor Bahru
– 90 km (56 mi) from Port Dickson.

5. By boat
• Daily ferries run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia.
• All ferries arrive and depart from the Harbour Master’s jetty at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum.
• To get to/away from Jetty: Malacca Town Bus No. 17 (Green) goes near the Harbour Master’s jetty which is just down the road from the Red Square.

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