Top 10 Recommended Attraction Sites in Melaka

Melaka is one of the most visited destinations in Malaysia by local and international tourists. Every year, the Tourism Ministry of Melaka prepares its yearly events that highlight those popular destinations in the city.
Should you missed those events, here are the recommended attraction sites you should not miss out when visiting Melaka.

1. Melaka River Cruise

Melaka River Cruise during day time. Photo Source: Jomtaralets

Cruising along Melaka River should be one of the first things to do when visiting Melaka. Taking the Melaka River Cruise is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the scenic view of the river especially during night time. Let your eyes feast on the colorful and vibrant restaurant along the Melaka River.
The cruise traveling time is about 45 minutes with a recorded narration of the places that you will be passing by. The cruise will allow you to have a glance at those nice bridges with historical significance along the Melaka River.
The cruise tickets are available at the counter near to the Maritime Museum. Another counter is situated at the Red Square.  Malaysian and Foreigners have different pricing.

2. Encore Melaka

Photo source: Encore Melaka / www.encore-melaka.com

Encore Melaka showcases a 70-min show highlighting different storylines about Melaka’s history and heritage with over 200 local talented performers.
Guests will experience one of a kind of 360-degree rotating seats of this show to create an illusion that the stage is moving to show the different history of Melaka. The theater has a seating capacity of 2,000 and it has state-of-the-art theatre technology including a sophisticated hydraulics system to support the 240 meter-long stage, multi-layered stages, and advanced audio and 3D video mapping projection equipment.
Encore Melaka is touted to be South-East Asia’s’ largest permanent show theater.  One will be amazed by their colorful costumes and props as each performer display various traditional and contemporary dance performances to entertain you and your family.

3. The Shore Sky Tower

Beautiful scenery at the Shore Sky Tower. Photo Source: https://skytower.theshoremelaka.com

The Shore Sky Tower is considered one of the tallest buildings in Melaka. The observation deck is found at the 43rd Floor which is approximately 160 meters above the ground. This place is great for guests who are not scared of heights and those who would love to see from a birds-eye view.
The observation deck provides a splendid panoramic 360-degree view of the historic city of Melaka. It is highly suggested to view the city during night time to enjoy the scenery of the colorful lights from those business and residential establishments around the area.
An entrance ticket is required for one to enjoy the facilities inside this made structure. This place is open between 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM.
The Shore Sky Tower is located at Level 42, Tower 1, The Shore Melaka, 193 Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia.

4. Turtle Information Centre Melaka (Pusat Konversasi Dan Penerangan Penyu)

The hope of the future. This is a product of the center’s conservation team. Photo source: Source httpkiansphotography.blogspot.com

Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre was established in 1990 and is managed by the Department of Fisheries Melaka. This was set up as an effort towards turtle conservation and to monitor the landing of turtles in the Melaka Beach.
There are 2 sections of this center. The main building consists of an Information Center where one can get much information about the efforts of the center in keeping the turtles specifically Hawksbill species from extinction. There is a pool at the back of the building where one can see hawksbill turtles.
The other section of this center is on the beach across the main building. Guests can find fenced up areas where turtle eggs are buried. According to the center, those eggs are mostly collected from the long stretch of the beach and buried within the fenced up area to be protected from being taken away or eaten by birds, reptiles and from humans.
The visitation to this center can be within one hour depends on how long you would like to spend especially at the beach area.  The center is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. They are closed on Mondays and public holidays.
The center is located at Padang Kemunting 78300 Masjid Tanah Melaka Malaysia.  They can be reached via mobile number +6019-6328253 or +601-6443925 or via phone number +06-384 6754.

5. Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum

A glance at an ancestral house. Photo source: httpbabanyonyamuseum.coma-living-museum

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is a World UNESCO Site.   This place was once known as home to a Peranakan-Chinese Baba planter named Chan Cheng Siew who lived in Melaka in the 1900s. The house was converted as a museum in March 1985.
This house is now open as a living museum and as an ancestral house. This building has several sections composed of a guest room, wedding chamber, ancestor room, funeral and birthday room, dining area and entertainment room.
Visiting hours to this museum are different according to days. Between Mondays to Thursdays is 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and the last tour is at 4:00 PM with the last admission at 4:15 PM. Meanwhile, between Fridays to Sundays, the museum is open from 10.00 AM to 6:00 PM and the last tour is at 5:00 PM with the last admission at 5:15 PM.
The entrance fee for adults is RM16.00 while for children between 5-12 years old is RM11.00. For guided tours, an additional RM4.00 per adult is required. The museum is located at No. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.

6. House of Museums

Stepping back from the past. An old school type of barbershop during the ’50s to ’90s. Photo source: House of Museum FB page.

The House of Museums is located beside the Malacca River with just 8 minutes walking distance from Jonker Walk. The house is full of antiques that will surely bring back memories from the past if you are born in the ’50s to ’70s.
This place is a very impressive museum with many vintage artifacts collected by the owner and curator. The museum is split up into various sections, for example, tailor’s shop, tea shop, hair salon, cinema, Chinese medicine shop, barbershop, manpower cart, cobbler and many more. Each section has been beautifully arranged with artifacts relevant to the theme.
This place can be visited between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how you embrace the information about the artifacts displaced in the area. The museum is situated in a 2-story building.
The entrance fee to get to this Museum will cost RM12.00 for adults and children cost RM6.00. The Museum opens from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Mondays to Tuesdays and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Fridays to Sundays and closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays.
The Museum is located at 82 Lorong Hang Jebat 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

7. Christ Church Melaka


This church took 12 years to build and it was completed in 1753. Christ Church has been believed to be one of the oldest churches in Malaysia and has gone through several stages of different colonials.
One of the most common activities by the tourists here is to rest and to have a photo session right in front of the Red building.
At present, this is one of the landmarks in Melaka where tourists from all walks of life meet. Most of those decorated trishaw and souvenir vendors are also within the area to cater to the tourist community.
The church is open for everyone from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with both English and Mandarin service.

8. St. Paul’s Church


St Paul Church was formerly known as a chapel built by the Portuguese through the leadership of Captain Duarte Coelho in 1521. After the Netherlands conquered Melaka in 1641 the church belonged to the Dutch Reformed Society and known as St. Paul’s Church.
The building is an old structure built on a hill. The view from the church is nice. The church itself is small and does not have a roof. Few articles about the church were also displayed inside the roofless church for everyone to have a glance about the history of this building.
It is best to visit this place from 8-11 AM or from 5-7 PM.

9. Jonker Street

Jonker Street is a must-visit place for anyone entering the fabulous land of Melaka. This place is situated right in the heart of Melaka and now considered the Chinatown of the city.
Jonker Street displayed a lot of bargain antiques, authentic Malaysian products, and souvenir items that the tourist will definitely love as a remembrance of visiting this place.
On Friday night at exactly 6:00 PM,  Jonker street is closed for traffic and turns out to be a very happening community brought by various crowds visiting the night market in this place.
It is advisable to roam this place any time of the day except from 12-5:00 PM due to warm weather. It will be quite warm strolling the area. Tidbits and drinks are all over the place but better bring with you extra drinking water to get hydrated while enjoying your Jonker Street walk.

10. A’ Famosa

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A’ Famosa is a Portuguese fortress which marks Portuguese occupation hundreds of years ago. According to history, the British had almost destroyed the whole complex when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in 1808. He was able to stop the destruction, but unfortunately what was left until today is nothing more than a getaway called ‘Porta de Santiago’.
A Famosa Fort is a definite must-visit when in Melaka if you are interested in visiting historical sites. The building was well preserved and it is good for taking instagrammable photos.
This place can only be visited about 30 minutes as it is located at the foot of St Pual’ Hill at Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Melaka.
 



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