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Stadthuys Melaka – The Famous Dutch Square

Stadthuys Melaka - The famous Dutch square in Malacca


There are places in a city which became center of attractions for tourists and Stadthuys Melaka is among the most visited Malacca attractions for tourist. It is an Old Dutch building, actually a reconstructed one, that is a big city hall once used for public gatherings. Representing the Dutch architecture, it is a red building in the center of city that was built in 1650 by the Dutch people on the land. For the same reason, Stadthuys Melaka is also known as the famous Dutch Square.

Stadthuys in old Dutch spelling referred to City Hall. The other famous name of Stadthuys include Red Square Dutch Square.

History of Stadthuys

Stadthuys Melaka is the oldest Dutch building in the east. The Stadthuys or Stadius was built under the administration of Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor. During the British rule in nineteenth century, the Malacca Free School started operating near the vicinity of the Stadthuys. The Stadthuys had been used mostly as the center of administrative work. It served government operations for over 300 years. The building today serves as a history museum. Since 1982, it displays the history of Melaka during times of Malay Sultanate, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization.


Attractions around Stadthuys

Being in the heart of the historical city, the Stadthuys Melaka is surrounded by many visit-worthy tourist places. There is an eighteenth century Christ Church Melaka nearby. The other nearby tourist places include Melaka River, Melaka River Cruise, famous Jonker Street, Cheng Ho Culture Museum, Maritime Museum, Malaysian Youth Museum. A must observe landmark of the Dutch Square, the Queen Victoria’s Fountain is also located here.

One of the popular activity and things to do in Melaka is to stroll around Stadthuys and take as much as pictures possible. You will also find this landmark on many postcards in Melaka.

Inside View

After the maintenance of the building and its conversion into a museum, it is used as the Museum of History Ethnography. You would find here customs of Malacca people through their statues, dressing and occupations. You will find history of the place in the mas hanging through walls, photographs and the exhibits.

Location

The Stadthuys is still a live place that is center of attraction for the tourists. It is also called the Dutch Square Melaka. It is just besides the Christ Church. The famous Jonker Street is just opposite to the Stadthuys.

Getting to Stadthuys

Stadthuys Melaka is one of the fame tourist attraction in Malacca so you will not have any problem getting to Stadthuys. Most likely, you will be staying in a nearby hotel or hostels and you can just walk to this place.  You need to walk to or take a cab to the Stadthuys if you’re accommodation is a bit far.

It is a recommendation to visit the closely located places of Melaka in a go and, of course on foot. Furthermore, you can inquire from the hotel or hostel staff as well.

The Stadthuys Melaka was constructed as an administrative block today it is one of the best places to visit in Melaka. While visiting this place, make sure to take lot of selfies 🙂

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The Dutch possession of Malaysia is quite eminent from the Red Square (Dutch Square) area. You can witness two of the most prominent landmarks of the area which includes the Christ Church and the old town hall or Stadthuys. You can also enjoy a tri-shaw ride in the area and indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping.

Located at the top of St. Paul’s Hill, the St. Paul’s Church ruins make for some photography shots. You can have some amazing views of the city from the top of the hill after the brief walk up. The place has been well maintained and preserved by the local authorities. The tomb stone and relic inscriptions will allow you to get a detailed insight into the history of the church.

Built in 1645, Cheng Hoong Teng temple certainly offers its visitors with a calm, serene and tranquil environment to offer their prayers. You will be fascinated by the architectural style along with the carvings of this Buddhist temple. The place mostly remains free from tourists and serves as a nice retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The wealth of the Baba Nyonya family can be witnessed at this museum which has been kept in a similar way as it was during the earlier times. The place desires to share the way of life and history of Baba Nyonya and you can take advantage of a guided tour which is included in the package.

It is easy to miss the place from the outside but the interiors are more refined. The place opens around eleven in the morning and has been declared as a UNESCO heritage site. You can get a brief idea about the history, architecture and culture of early shop houses that were based in Melaka. Admission is free of charge.

A visit to this museum will take you back to the times of the famous admiral of China, Cheng He also known as Zheng Ho. A short video accompanied by a thirty minute guided tour is all included within the entry fee. The displays and exhibits of the museum are extremely informative and certain to appeal to history lovers.

While in Chinatown expect something unusual and unique at all times. This vibrant place boasts of eye-catchy architecture and brilliant lighting. The center of the Chinatown is at Jonker Street, where you wouldn’t want to miss out on the bustling weekend night markets. Places to eat are available in plenty and certainly the best place to hang out in Melaka.

A visit to this place will take you back to the culture and history of Malaysia. This century old home acts as a living museum village which is presently inhabited by the granddaughter of the actual owner of the house. She is extremely courteous and will guide you through her house to get a better understanding of how people used to live in the past.

This is actually the replica of the original palace also known by the name Istana. There are more than one thousand three hundred exhibits along with drawings, photographs, prints and artefacts. You will be left amazed by this three storey replica which has been divided into three galleries and eight chambers.

Located in the Red(Dutch) Square, Christ Church is a favourite among the locals as well as tourists from all over the world. The church dates back to eighteenth century and offers you with a peaceful and cool ambience inside. This area around the Christ Church remains extremely crowded and it is a better idea to come early and take some nice photographs.

The Famosa Fort in Melaka is a popular tourist destination and an important historic landmark. You can visit the fort preferably during the morning so as to avoid the crowd. You can also click some nice pictures standing in front of the canons which were actually used during the early times.

Built in 1781, Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple has been quite well maintained over the years. The temple is dedicated towards Lord Ganesha (Vonyagar) and consists of elaborate and intricate decorations. If you are in Jonker Street area then, it is definitely worth a visit to this temple. You can also visit during the evening time when the (puja) worship takes place.

The Menara Taming Sari happens to be the lone gyro tower of Malaysia. The ride will take you to heights from where you can good views of sea and the city. If you are holidaying with your family then, it can turn out to be a great experience for the entire family. The best time is the evening as from the top you can spectacular views of the sun setting down.

Built in the year 1856, the St. Francis Xavier Church is situated at Jalan Laksamana. The neo-gothic structure is located quite close to some of the popular scenic spots of the city which will make it convenient and easy for you. If you observe closely then you’ll find that the structure tilts slightly towards the left.

This museum is actually a replica of Flora de la Mar, the ship from Portugal which sank off the coast of the country after carrying loot from Melaka. You can find some interesting documents, artefacts and exhibitions inside the replica about the golden era of Melaka. Children are definite to like the place a lot.

 

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