9 Wonderful Attractions That Worth-Visiting in Melaka

Also known as ‘The Historic State’, Melaka is a popular tourist destination with its rich cultural heritage and history, dated hundreds of years back. Subsequent to the colonial rule of Portuguese, Dutch and British, its impact can be seen up till today. It features a unique blend of ancient buildings and modern living amidst breathtakingly stunning sights.

Unravel a fascinating glimpse of the past by discovering this historic state. Let’s explore these 9 wonderful attractions in Melaka that are definitely worth visiting!


A’Famosa Fort

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One of Melaka’s main attractions, A’Famosa Fort is claimed to be one of the oldest remnants of Portuguese architecture in Southeast Asia. It was built back in the 16th century by the Portuguese to fend off attacks during the Melaka Sultanate Era. Today, the fort has crumbled due to a number of attacks and only one main gate of the fort remains, Porta de Santiago. From the fort, it is just a 2-minute walk to St. Paul’s Church.

Address: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours



The Stadthuys

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Located at the Dutch Square, the Stadthuys is one of the most prominent landmarks in Melaka. It stands proudly with its crimson façade, bright terracotta-red buildings and surrounding a Victorian-style marble fountain. It was built in the 1650 by the Dutch, and today it is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East.

Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Contact: +606-282 6526
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 8.30 pm



Melaka River Cruise

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Melaka is blessed with a river that divides the town into several parts and goes right in the middle of it. Marvel at the beauty of the town from within by hopping on a scenic river cruise. Throughout the 45 minutes ride, you will see renowned historical buildings, churches, old warehouse and villages. You can also opt for a night time cruise to enjoy the city illumination.

You can skip the queue and get your ticket here.

Address: Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka
Contact: +606-281 4322
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 11.30 pm



Jonker Street Night Market

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Nestled in the bustling of Chinatown, Jonker Street is known for its vibrant night market. Dotted with colonial buildings, historical landmarks and quaint cafes, Jonker Street is a complete delight to walk through. You can find a wide variety of goods on sale, including souvenirs, antiques and handcrafts.

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opening Hours: Friday – Sunday, 6.00 pm – 12.00 am



Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple

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Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Worshippers still frequent the temple to pray. It features a number of intricate prayer halls, with the largest one dedicated to Guanyin, the goddess of mercy. The temple also frequently visited by travelers for its gorgeous architecture.

Address: 25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka
Contact: +606-282 9343
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 5.00 pm



Taming Sari Revolving Tower

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With a height of 110 meters, it is hard not to notice Taming Sari Revolving Tower when you are in Melaka. Its revolving tower can seat up to 66 passengers at one time. Feast in the 360-degree panoramic sight of Melaka and enjoy a bird’s eye view of this beautiful town.

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Contact: +606-288 1100
Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 am – 11.00 pm



Flor de la Mar Maritime Museum

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The Maritime Museum is built inside a replica of a Portuguese ship, Flor de la Mar. The real ship was sunk off the shore of Melaka back in the 16th century. Today, the ship-museum will bring you back to the past as you climb aboard the Flor de la Mar. You will be amazed with its nautical antiques, life-sized cannons and other unique exhibitions.

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Contact: +606-283 0926
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 6.30 pm



Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

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Peranakan cultural heritage is tremendously prominent in Melaka. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum showcases the local history of the Peranakan people. Once was the home of Baba Chan family, this heritage building is a unique blend of both east and west cultures that illustrates the lifestyle of the Peranakan at the end of the 19th century.

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka
Contact: +606-282 1273
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10.00 am – 4.15 pm
Friday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 5.15 pm



Zoo Melaka

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Home to more than 1,200 animals of 450 species, Zoo Melaka is a huge animal park located just beside the Ayer Keroh highway. With a vast land of 54 acres, it is the second-largest zoo in Malaysia after Zoo Negara. It features a wide range of both indigenous and international species. For Night Safari, you can get up close with the zoo’s nocturnal animals at night.

Don’t miss out to visit Zoo Melaka and get your ticket now!

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Hang Tuah Jaya, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Contact: +606-232 3900
Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, 8.00 pm – 11.00 pm



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