1. Jonker Walk Night Market
Opened on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Jonker Street Night Market is known as the food and cultural paradise in Malacca. It sells everything ranging from beautiful keepsakes to yummy local food at the lowest prices possible.
Around 5pm, the traffic is closed and all the peddlers will lay out their tables and various stalls start taking over the street.
Food is the main attraction here. They have Watermelon Handbag, Jonker Walk Quail Egg, Liquid Nitrogen Snack, Peranakan Popiah, Coconut Ice-cream and many more that can satisfy your cravings.
Cool boutiques and handcrafts stalls can be found here too. Sometimes, you can even find interesting souvenirs in Jonker Street for your loved ones.
Hence, eat and shop your way down the street before the stalls close!
2. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Bapa Nyonya Heritage Museum illustrates the incredible history of Baba Nyonya, the Chinese who have assimilated the local Malay culture in Straits. The ethnic is commonly known as Peranakan.
The museum is privately operated by the descendants of Chan’s family, which was once the richest family in town. They repair, restore all furnishings and make it exactly the typical Bapa Nyonya residence in 19th century.
The three-storey museum is beautifully designed from exterior to interior. Featuring the hand-painted tiles, carved teakwood doors and the Venetian shuttered windows, it even houses a collection of wood furniture and gold-leaf fixtures.
They provide tours in the museum, explaining the colourful lifestyle and culture of Peranakans in old times. They will guide you through the traditional food, dress style, furniture, and even the marriage of them in details.
3. Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum
Opened in 2006, Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum is a comprehensive gallery exhibiting the life of Cheng Ho in Malacca. The ancient building was reconstructed to resemble the Ming architecture, with a bell tower and a drum flaking at the entrance.
The museum is believed to be built by Cheng Ho as his warehouse complex 600 years ago. He was the admiral of Ming Dynasty who frequently visited Malacca and even marry her daughter to the Sultan of Malacca.
However, there are scholars claiming that the real warehouse was the one in Bukit Cina.
Well, we do not know but we cannot deny the fact that the museum contains many convincing evidences regarding the cultural exchange between Chinese and the local ethnic. For instance, tea houses, navigation instruments and treasure ships from China.
4. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Built in 1646, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple stands as the oldest worship place of Buddhist in Malaysia. It has received the UNESCO award for its outstanding architectural design.
The modest temple was called “Merciful Cloud Temple” by some of the locals. It has several prayer halls and a big courtyard. All the materials used in construction were from China.
Dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy – Guan Yin, the temple was built based on the Feng Shui principles. There is a big gold statue of Guan Yin standing prominently right in the middle of the main prayer hall.
Besides, there are small chambers around the temple which are dedicated to the deceased ancestors. Fake money and paper-made luxury items are burned to provide a better condition to them in their afterlife.
5. Kampung Kling Mosque
Built in 1748, Kampung Kling mosque is a cross-culture mosque that blends Hindu, Chinese, Sumatran and the local Malay in one. The mosque was declared as a historical monument in 1999.
Even though the mosque underwent the renovation twice, it still retains the original architectural design. The only difference is they replace the all the wooden structure with sustainable concrete materials.
Unlike the typical mosque with spherical dome, Kampung Kling mosque has a triple-tiered pyramidal roof on its top. Inside, the mosque has a unique blend of Portuguese and English glazed tiles and a beautiful wooden pulpit with Chinese and Hindu-style carvings.
In short, the mosque reflects how great is Malaysia in embracing diverse cultures and ultimately assimilate them in their traditions and history.
Non-muslims tourists only allowed to enter until the porch area. For female, they provide a veil to cover your hair.
6. Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia. Featuring the Dutch architectural design, the rectangular-shaped Hindu temple is dedicated to the Vinayagar, the elephant-headed deity in Hindu.
It’s hard to miss out the bright yellow temple along the street. The temple has colourful statues craved by ostentatious stone. Most of them feature the figures of Hindu deities and animals.
Inside, the main altar is dedicated to the Ganesh while the side altars are dedicated to Ganesh’s parents and Lord Muraga, his younger brother. Despite being hundreds years old, the structures and content are still well-preserved.
The prominent Hindu festivals that take place here include Feast for Lord Muruga and Dato Chachar Festival. Check it out if you happen to come during the festive seasons.
7. Mamee Jonker House
Mamee, the famous snack in Malaysia has established their first concept store in Malacca. The shop is named Mamee Jonker House.
If you have children who love eating Mamee, then this is a wonderful place for them. Adults are welcomed as well as they provide workshop that teach you how to make noodle snacks.
Lots of Mamee merchandise are sold here. For instance, Mamee t-shirts, soft toys and noodles snacks. They also have the Mamee Café that serves wide array of delicious noodles at reasonable prices. More best cafes in Jonker Street, click here: Jonker Street Cafe
Besides, children can even unleash their creativity by doing some colouring on the instant noodles cups. Then, they can choose the ingredients they want to put inside and see how they pack their instant noodles cup.
Eventually, they can get their own version of cup noodle. It’s quite interesting for children.
8. Red Square (Dutch Square)
Surrounded by several eye-catching red buildings, the red square reflects the great history of Malacca in just a carnival square.
The influences of Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese during old times can be observed through the architecture of buildings enclosing the red square.
There is a big fountain at the square centre commemorating the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The whole area is full of activities and attractions. Either you watch the amazing street performance on the street or visit to the souvenir stalls to shop for gifts.
This is one of the most picturesque places in Malacca. Hence, it is crowded with tourists from all over the world and even locals from other states. You always see them snapping photos in every corner to get the best angle.
9. Christ Church Melaka
Built in 1753, Christ Church Melaka stands as the oldest Protestant church in the country. With the big red cross topped on the brick-red building, it is also one of the notable structures in Malacca.
During old times when Malacca was ruled under Dutch, they built the church to celebrate the Dutch occupation that has a century old. Also, they built it to worship the God because there was no church around.
Because the church was surrounded by greenery landscape and flowers, it makes visitors feel like one of the vintage church in Europe.
There are lots of colourful trishaw in front of the church. You can ride on them and they will bring you around the town. It makes the place more lively!
10. 3D Jonker Walk Melaka
Featuring than 25 3D paintings, this is the very first combination of 3D Art Gallery and Upside-Down House in Malacca. The 3D paintings inside look so real that you feel yourself fell for it.
Inside, they have a 5D fluorescent museum room in which you can take pictures in the dark. The beautiful 3D art paintings include Hello Kitty, Doraemon, pirate, and many more that create a wonderful optical illusion.
Users of Android can download the 3D Jonker Walk applications in Google Play before taking pictures. It helps you to create a unique quality of 5D pictures.
Kindly ask the staff to take photo for you because they know the best angle to for the 3D effect. They can teach you how to pose too.
11. The Stadthuys
Being the oldest-surviving building built by Dutch, The Stadthyus was once the residence of the Dutch officers and governors. It was built as the focus point of Dutch government after the Portuguese fort was ruined.
In 1982, the building was converted to museum. It displays the unique architecture of Dutch but due to the long time, it only left with louvred windows, massive walls, chunky doors and wrought-iron hinges.
Besides, the museum also exhibits the history of Malacca from the Sultan of Malacca, Portuguese, British and Dutch colonization until today.
Since it has a distinguishable brick-red exterior, it is impossible to miss out the building.
The museum has a free guide tour on Saturday and Sunday. Join the tour to know more about the history of Malacca.
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