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Best 10 Malacca Tourist Attractions you should NOT miss

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There are plenty of Malacca tourist attractions to visit on your trip and the fact that Melaka is a UNESCO heritage site, every street and corner became an attraction for the visitors. People that have visited Malacca would tell you why it is one of the best places to visit in South East Asia. Whether you want to go for fun, foodie venture, historical tour or natural beauty, Malacca is one of the best tourist destination in Malaysia.

Best 10 Malacca Tourist Attractions

We have compiled list of the best 10 Malacca tourist attractions, which should not be miss. For the activities you can do in Melaka, please checkout top things to do in Melaka.

1. Melaka Wonderland Theme Park

For fun lovers, Melaka Wonderland Theme Park is among the best Malacca tourist attractions. You would find one of the best theme park of Asia in here. It is located in the area of Ayer Keroh. You would not feel any less entertained than any of other theme parks. The clean blue water in the ponds and pools will wash away your worries and you would never regret putting Melaka Wonderland on the top of your list. Slide, twirl, jump and get thrilled in Melaka and be a cheery child again!


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2. The Stadthuys

When back from Malaysia, you will surely like to tell your buddies that you actually visited a seventeenth century building; The Stadthuys in Melaka. It is one of the Malacca tourist attractions for history lovers while not the only one. It is said that it is the oldest structure of Dutch architecture that survived in Melaka. The colonial time structure lives in the shape of gigantic walls, wide windows and heavy doors. The reddish brown, wooden-iron structure is the place to visit if you want to see oldest Malacca buildings.

Among all Malacca tourist attractions, this one should not be missed. The picture of The Stadthuys can be seen in plenty of postcards in Melaka as well.

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3. A Famosa Fort

Can’t tell if your picture with A Famosa Fort where a cannon on your right will be most liked or the one with the cannon on your left. But a trip the famous, A Famosa Fort is going to be fun and your buddies will love to comment on your pictures at A Famosa Fort. Reason? The fort got history, sight, location and architecture. It is sixteenth century building that survived only enough to tell you where the fort stood. A Famosa Fort reminds of the Portuguese rule in the country. The only thing the fort misses till today is; A picture with you. A Famosa Fort is also among the recommended heritage places to visit in Melaka.

4. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Probably among the first Chinese to enter Malacca, and introduced a culture that will mix with Malay’s to give birth to a unique and celebrated culture of Chinese-Malays or the Baba Nyonya. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is one of the finest depiction of culture of the Chinese Malay people. You would love to see the art, architecture, furniture, style and bridal rooms of the culture that are still saved in the museum.

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5. Melaka Zoo

I love the way my Chinese friend calls it an animal garden. The Malacca Zoo offers same species of animals you would not find anywhere else in the world. There are no two headed dogs or four headed snakes. What makes Melaka Zoo Ayer Keroh specialty is to offer an environment where animal moves freely and yet providing safe environment to the visitors as well. Seriously, I don’t like talking to animals with them behind the bars. Animals are no prisoners! You would love the stalls in the zoo too and will certainly appreciate a guided tour.

A unique feature of the Zoo is the Night Safari, which is also known as Melaka Zoo Night Safari. If you’re looking for some nighttime fun then a visit to the night safari is must. There are plenty of Malacca tourist attractions and Melaka Zoo is always favorite among families.

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6. Bukit Cina

The China Hill in Melaka, also known as Bukit Cina is home to a number of graves of Chinese ancestors in Malaysia. At first sight, you won’t believe that it is a graveyard. The reason is that the graves are spread at an area and the graves are not simply pile of rocks. They hold memorials of the ancestors. There are around 12,500 graves. People jog here since the scenery is good and the area is green and fresh.

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7. Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary

Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary is a serious endeavor. You will find here the cutest parrots, the most colorful big size butterflies and the haunting thick snakes. The sanctuary also called Taman Rama Rama, offers you view of the best crocodiles in the town! A Must visit if you doubt it and again a must visit Malacca tourist attractions if you believe it.

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8. Jonker Walk

If you have been to Malacca before then you probably took a walk in the famous Jonker Street once or twice. You also bought something from the street or ate from one of the local restaurants. The street is so popular among the tourists that the local authorities have made an attraction by the name of Jonker Walk. If you are visiting Malacca then you should experience Jonker Walk in the famous Jonker Street.

The street became live mostly past sunset and that’s the best time to visit this local attraction. There are plenty of stalls on both side of the street selling various stuff. You will find a lot of souvenirs as well and the local food.

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9. Menara Taming Sari

One hundred and ten (110) meters tall tower, the Menara Taming Sari Melaka is a great Malacca tourist attractions for those that love to see how the city looks at a glance. The Tower offers a 360 degree view allowing you to see different places, their locations and distances. Operational since 2008, the tower is visited by most of tourists at night because the city turns into a very mystical place at night as seen from above. If you’re not afraid of heights, this Malacca tourist attraction should be in your to-do list.

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10. Maritime Museum Melaka

You would find another Melaka attraction a little ahead of the Stadthuys. It is the Maritime Museum that offers you model of ship that does not belong to this century. You have probably seen such ships in movies but here you will come to know that this model is Portuguese and the ship is replica of ship that sank in the coast of Malacca. This model is 34 meters high and 8 meters wide. The Museum preserves the history of Malacca, particularly its maritime history.

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Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in Melaka

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Baba Nyona Heritage Museum is one of the best place in Melaka to learn about Paranakan culture, art history. Paranakan culture is a fusion of Chinese Malay, started in 15th century when Chinese merchant landed in Melaka. A visit to Baba Nyonaya Heritage Museum is a best way to learn about evolution of Paranakan culture in Melaka. It is also one of the best activity and things to do in Melaka.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Highlights

It is possible to be lost anywhere in the world but a few places. Melaka is one of these. It is not possible for you to mistake when finding Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in the city. It stands out all other buildings around. It is a place turned into heritage museum since the Chinese-Malay art is found at its peak here. Everything in this heritage museum seems so untouched that you feel like history is alive. The furniture, floor and ceilings; everything is clean and glossy. The local authorities have protected the building quite well and for the same reason, it is one of the best attraction in Melaka.

Distinguished Architecture

The architecture of Baba and Nyonya speaks of the lavish lifestyle of Peranakans of the past.


They used to live in big houses and palaces that were erected on East-Western style. Carved windows with balconies speak of the taste of its nineteenth century residents.

The building of the museum is colorful from outside and elegant from within. Today you can see, feel and capture pictures of things and artifacts that were once under the use of kings and rulers alone. You will find Chinese, Dutch as well as other western patterns in the furniture made from rosewood.

Chinese-Malay

The Malaysia, as we know today, is the home of Chinese and Malay ethnicities. The ancient people that originally came to Melaka and adopted the local culture became a blended ethnic group.

The heritage museum that was once residence of rich Chinese arrivals to Malaysia shows how the two cultures blend together.

Colorful Chinese art with white background will catch your eyes and you will not be able to move for a while until you have looked closely the designs and patterns in the carved wood. Yes, Da Vinci was not the only artist!

Bridal Chamber

A few minutes’ walk from Jonker Street, the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum offers you a unique aspect of culture of the Chinese-Malays; the traditional costumes and bridal chambers. There are posters hanging from walls of the museum illustrating foot-binding tradition of Chinese culture. The miniature shoes are placed in the museums. Bet it, you will remember your Cinderella when seeing these shoes. Besides that, you can also see the kitchen items that the nineteenth century Chinese Cinderella used to work with. You will certainly appreciate the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Melaka that has opened windows to the Baba Dan Nyonya past for you.

Visiting Hours of the Museum

The visiting hours of the museum are from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Admission Charges

For Adults, 8 RM
For Children (5-12 years old), 4 RM

Address

The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
48, 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 62831273

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