Malaka Walking Tour – Guiding Myself Through the Old City

I did a self-guided Malaka Walking Tour as soon as I arrived in the UNESCO-World Cultural Heritage city. I had a whole day to spare, so I decided to do it on my own. The blistering sun didn’t really dissuade me from walking. Having a hat and bottled water were enough for me. But, if you can afford, experience being “chauffeured” around with one of the colorful rickshaws. It would be a fun thing to do in Melacca.

Where to start? Well, I began at the heart of the postcard-perfect old town. I know that’s where the crowd goes, but you can’t avoid tourists wherever you go. Besides, it’s always good to start a walking tour at the heart of history, right? 😉

The order of these places are based on how I discovered them. You can exactly follow the route in order to save time. You’re welcome. 😉

Stadthuys

Malaka Walking Tour - Guiding Myself Through the Old City
Malaka Walking Tour – Guiding Myself Through the Old City

In Dutch, this building means “City Hall” and it’s been standing there since 1650. There’s a museum inside if you are into that sort of thing. One of the first things you’ll notice is its red structure – and so are the rest of the other old buildings around. Thus, they also call it “Red Square.”

Christ Church

Malaka Walking Tour - Guiding Myself Through the Old City
Malaka Walking Tour – Guiding Myself Through the Old City

A visit to the Red Square won’t be complete without going inside Christ Church. Though small, this baroque-style place of worship is littered with things that are centuries old.

Memorial Art Gallery and Malaysia Youth Museum

Malaka Walking Tour - Guiding Myself Through the Old City
Malaka Walking Tour – Guiding Myself Through the Old City

Right on the left side of Christ Church, you will find the Memorial Art Gallery and Malaysia Museum. It’s small and there’s nothing much to see that was of interest to me – at least.

Melaka Rickshaws

Melaka Rickshaws Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Melaka Rickshaws (Malaysia)

You should never ever leave Melaka without riding on Asia’s most-decorated rickshaws. 😉

Melaka Museum

Malaka Museum Malaysia
Malacca Museum (Malaysia)

I have to be honest – I didn’t go inside because I was so hungry that I had to attend to my grumbling stomach first. And after eating, I just decided to skip it. Sorry…

The Bastion House

Bastion House Walking Tour Malacca
Bastion House (Walking Tour Malacca)

This is a heritage house that dates back to 1910 and was once housed Dunlop, a rubber company owned by the British. Inside, you will find the Malay and Islamic World Museum which is informative and interesting.

Proclamation of Independence Memorial House

Proclamation of Independence Memorial House (Malacca, Malaysia)
Proclamation of Independence Memorial House (Malacca, Malaysia)

If you want to see the country’s history towards its independence from foreign conquests, this museum has a detailed information and some memorabilia.

Sultanate Palace

Sultanate Palace in Malacca (Malaysia)
Sultanate Palace in Malacca (Malaysia)

The building you see is a modern reconstruction of the Sultanate Palace of Malacca. Today, it is a cultural museum. I really have no idea what’s inside because I was at the gate but couldn’t find the entrance. I didn’t even see people queuing for tickets nor a security guard at the gate.

Porta de Santiago

Porta de Santiago (A Famosa) in Melacca, Malaysia.
Porta de Santiago (A Famosa) in Melacca, Malaysia.

Also called as “A Famosa,” the ancient fortress is your getaway to visit the ruins of the St Paul Church on the hill.

Bukit St Paul Church

Bukit St Paul Church (Malacca, Malaysia)
Bukit St Paul Church (Malacca, Malaysia)

This is Southeast Asia’s oldest church built in 1521 – the same year Magellan arrived in the Philippines. What do you see here? Well, not much, really. You can go around and pretend to be inquisitive in ten minutes. Ok, you can see some tombstones here. 🙂

Menara Taming Sari

Menari Taming Sari (Melacca, Malaysia)
Menari Taming Sari (Melacca, Malaysia)

From Bukit St Paul, you’ll have a view of the city and the revolving tower of Malacca. If you have time, visit it and tell me what you see. 🙂

Unknown Museums

Museums in Melaka
Things to do in Melaka (Malaysia)

Behind the ruins of St Paul’s Church, there’s this white building. Again, there’s a gate here but it was closed. I don’t know if this is the entrance but there’s a signboard that welcomes visitors to Governor’s Museum, Literature Museum and History Museum. I really wanted to visit the Literature Museum.

Portuguese Port

Portuguese Port - Things to do in Melaka (Malaysia)
Portuguese Port – Things to do in Melaka (Malaysia)

When I went down from the hill, I went back to the Red Square or Stadthuys. Few meters away, by the riverbank, you will find the remnants of the Portuguese Port.

Chinatown Melaka / Jonker Street

Jonker Street - Melacca Chinatown (Malaysia)
Jonker Street – Melacca Chinatown (Malaysia)

I’d recommend that you walk the long stretch of Jonker Street/Chinatown of Melaka. There are a lot interesting things I saw made me stop to take a look of them. Also, if you walk leisurely, you would notice ancient doors, tiny houses and temples.

The Statue of Bodybuilder Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong

Statue of Bodybuilder Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong Malacca Malaysia - Malaka Walking Tour
Statue of Bodybuilder Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong (Malacca, Malaysia).

Well, he’s a city treasure in Melaka. His titles include, “Mr. Asia,” Mr. Universe,” “Mr. Malaysia,” and “Mr. Melaka.”

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Walking Tour Melaka Things to do Cheng Hoon Teng Temple Melacca
Walking Tour Melaka / Things to do (Cheng Hoon Teng Temple) Melacca

Touted as the country’s oldest functioning temple, Cheen Hoon Teng Temple is also known as the Temple of Green Cloud. Everything I found here was fascinating. This is, perhaps, the only temple I could remember that devotes to Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Masjid Kampung Kling

Masjid Kampung Kling - Things to do Malacca
Masjid Kampung Kling – Things to do in Malacca (Malaysia) – Malaka Walking Tour

A few steps from Cheen Hoon Teng Temple is this historical mosque. If you go inside, you find the foreign influences of its design – English, Chinese, Portuguese and Indian.

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple - Malaka Walking Tour
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple (Malacca, Malaysia).

Also on the same street with the Chinese temple and the mosque is this Hindu Temple. All of these three places of worship are located in “Harmony Street.” Just like any other Hindu temple I’ve been to, this temple features colorful statues of Hindu gods and goddesses.

Orangutan Shop

If you want to help the plight of the orang-utans better, buy your souvenir here.

Orangutan Shop (Melaka, Malaysia)
Orangutan Shop (Melaka, Malaysia)

The Umbrella Street

Ok, I’m not really sure the name of this street but I call it Umbrella Street due to the outdoor art installations of the umbrellas. Good for your Instagram posts! 🙂

Umbrella Street Melaka Malaysia
Umbrella Street (Malaka, Malaysia).

Riverside Walk

You must be tired by now from walking but if you want to rest, you can sit in one of the cafes by the river (or canal?).

Riverside Walk (Melaka, Malaysia) - Malaka Walking Tour
Riverside Walk (Melaka, Malaysia)

The Murals in Malaka

And when you’re ready, continue walking along the river and you’ll find amazing murals across the river.

Riverside Walk (Melaka, Malaysia)
Riverside Walk (Melaka, Malaysia)

Portuguese Settlement

When you reach the bridge, go across it and you’ll pass by these ruins that no visitors are allowed to get in.

Portuguese Settlement (Malaka, Malaysia)
Portuguese Settlement (Malaka, Malaysia)

Sentosa Villa

From the Portuguese settlement, walk to Sentosa Village. I must warn you that it’s a bit far – so you better take a taxi or one of those colorful rickshaws. If you want to see a living Malay traditional house, then you must visit Sentosa Villa. I promise you won’t regret it!

Sentosa Villa (Things to do and see in Malaka, Malaysia)
Sentosa Villa (Things to do and see in Malaka, Malaysia)

After leaving Sentosa Villa, I flagged down a taxi to catch the bus back to Kuala Lumpur. This day trip was exhausting but it was worth it.

Hostel / Hostel in Malaka

If you decide to stay in Malaka for a night, I’d recommend staying around the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Check out the hotels or hostels in the city.

1 Comment

  • Manish Ambaliya

    Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

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