After a month of touring Southeast Asia, we stopped in mainland Malaysia Melaka. After touring the most interesting of the parks outside Malacca (Melaka), in the afternoon of the same day we returned to the city center, in the Dutch Square, our starting point for a tour of the Old City. The Dutch Square is located along the Melaka River, which divides the city into western and eastern parts.
There is also one of the symbols of the city, namely the Protestant Church, and next to it the City Hall (The Stadthuys), which now houses the Historical and Ethnographic Museum of Melaka. But we started first from the west. As in a typical “ancient city”, it is full of old houses from the colonial period, restaurants with local cuisine, shops and stalls with souvenirs, bars, cafes, as well as local Buddhist, Hindu temples and a mosque.
What you can visit in Melaca mainland Malaysia
The main and most attractive street there is called Jonker. We also saw the house-museum of Nyonya House Museum (so called Creole people from mixed marriages between Malays and Chinese from several centuries ago). We walked along the west bank of the Melaka River until the end of the old part, where the village of Kampung Morten, “swallowed” by the city, is located. Then we went back to the Dutch Square and visited the History Museum.
- The Dutch square
- The Stadthuys Kampung
- Nyonya House Museum
- House Museum
- Historical Museum
Just above the museum rises a hill called A Famosa. There, on top of it, are the main remains of the Portuguese era – the ruins of St. Paul’s Church and parts of the fortress wall (all this – already in the eastern part of the city). Finally, we walked to the inner port of Malacca, where we had dinner (while a short downpour).
Then we returned to the Melaka River, already lit by colorful evening lights – and she, and the old houses and streets around. We thought of taking a boat trip on it, but there were too many people, and we still had a lot more exciting voyages in the coming days. Instead, we took a walk along the river banks.
We saw several huge iguanas that live there and hide between the foundations of coastal houses or just swim in the water. But Malacca and I were not done yet. There were some other interesting places left for the next morning before we took a bus to the shores of the East China Sea.
More things we saw and photographed in the city of Melaka: Colorful old houses from the colonial period, Taoist temple, Melaka River Coastal Alley, the Main Tower of St. Paul’s Church, Ship-Museum of Navigation.