Explore Historical Malacca
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Dubbed “The Historic State” of Malaysia, Malacca is seen by many as the starting point for the formation of modern day Malaysia. This tour will explain its exciting history, from royal romance, the glory days of being one of the greatest trading ports in South East Asia, to being caught in the crossfire between foreign powers at a period of Western colonialism. What’s left behind is a rich and diverse mix of architecture, culture, and history – no wonder it was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Malacca and the West
We will make the approximately two-hour journey to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur. First, we will visit St. Peter’s Church, which is the oldest functioning Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia, built in 1710. Next, we head down the road into the historical centre of Malacca – the Dutch Square – with its unmistakable terracotta-red colour scheme. Here, you’ll see the Stadthuys, which was the office of the Dutch Governor and now houses a collection of museums. Next to it, you’ll visit Christ Church, the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia.
Then, we will take a leisurely stroll uphill to the summit of St. Paul’s Hill to visit the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. Take a deep breath, enjoy the cool breeze, and look out to the Straits of Malacca as your local expert guide take you back in time to relive 16th to 19th century Malacca. Next to it is the Porta de Santiago, the only remaining structure of the A’Famosa fort built by Alfonso de Alberquerque, who led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate in 1511.
Jolly Ol' Jonker
Just before we break for lunch, we will head towards Kampung Kling Mosque, located just off Jonker Street. Built in 1748 by Indian Muslim traders, it is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. The architectural design reflects Malacca’s colourful past as a vibrant trading port as it combines influences from the Sumatran, the Chinese, the Hindu, the local Malay community and the European aesthetics. By now you should have worked up an appetite for some local cuisine! Head back to Jonker Street, where you’ll find many authentic eateries serving local favourites such as chicken rice balls and Nyonya cuisine. After lunch, work off those calories by checking out the shopping along the street! Quaint shops, some unchanged for generations, sell antiques, local desserts, and clothes. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Finally, before we depart, we’ll make a final stop at the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple nearby. It is one of the most significant temples in the country, not least because it’s the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia, also because it was awarded a UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration in 2003.