Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka

The Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka (or Malacca) in Malaysia are just a spit away from each other. The area where they stand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance. The moment I got out of the taxi, I could see why the place should be preserved and maintained.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)
Things to do in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

Two of the most prominent structures at the center of this old Dutch town are the Christ Church and Stadthuys.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)
Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)

They surely compete with each other for attention. Both are crimson-colored structures.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)
Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)

Standing at the small park in front of these buildings, I battled where I should see/go in first.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)
Things to do in Malacca / Melaka (Malaysia)

Since I stood closer to Christ Church, I led myself into it first.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)
Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia)

Christ Church in Melaka or Malacca

This Anglican Church has stood the test of time.

Things to do in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

It was built in the 18th century when the Dutch colonizers arrived in Malaysia.

Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

It took 12 years to complete this Church.

Tourist attractions in Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

The Dutch built it to replace the aging St Paul Church on the hill, which the Portuguese built.

Tourist attractions in Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

Inside, you will still find many of the original pews from the 17th century.

Tourist attractions in Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

The ancient baptismal basin, the upper lectern, paintings, altar, and many more are still being used up to this day.

Tourist attractions in Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

Just like any other ancient churches or cathedrals in Europe, you can also find memorial plaques and tombstones here.

Tourist attractions in Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

To date, Christ Church in Malacca is the oldest living/functioning Anglican Church in Malaysia.

Things to do in Malaysia
Things to do in Malaysia.

The Stadthuys

Its name, Stadthuys, comes the old Dutch word for City Hall.

Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).
Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).

This salmon-red building was once home to Dutch governors and officers.

Houses in Malacca Melaka
The old houses in Melaka remain true to their original architectural designs.

Back then, its interior has a prison, a courtyard, and a bakery.

One day trip from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Malacca is a two-hour trip from Kuala Lumpur by bus.

Nowadays, the interior is a host to the Museum of History and Ethnography.

Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Malaysia
Malacca is a two-hour trip from Kuala Lumpur by bus.

In this museum, you find Melaka’s rich cultural heritage from its Malay roots to Portuguese, Dutch, and even the British!

Tourist attractions in Melaka / Malacca (Malaysia).
The old town centre of Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And behind its facade, you find will also the Museum of Literature.

One day trip from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
You can visit Malacca for a one-day trip.

In front of the Christ Church and the Stadthuys is the Red Square. It’s here where every visitor in the city has a photo taken at the Love Statue.

One day trip from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The Love Statue in front of Stadthuys.

Once you are done looking at the Christ Church’s interiors and exteriors and the Stadthuys, go around the area. You will find the remnants of the Old Fort and houses that stay true to their architectural designs. Melaka might be a small town for a one-day visitor like me, but it’s really worth visiting from Kuala Lumpur.

Where to Stay in Malacca

Melaka may look small for a one-day visitor if he’s only fixed on exploring the old city. However, beyond that, Melaka is a pretty bustling city with budget accommodations and 5-star hotels.

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