Melaka-South Peninsular Malaysia
STATE OF MELAKA
Malacca is the English spelling of the southern state of Peninsular Malaysia.The Bahasa Malaysian name-Melaka is the official name used for all official state correspondence.Located next to the Straits of Malacca,the state is bordered by Negeri Sembilan to the north and west and Johor to the south.The capital of Melaka is Melaka City.Just like the other states,the climate of Melaka is hot and humid throughout the year with rainfall occurring mostly between October and March. Temperature ranges generally between 30-35°C during daytime and between 27-29°C during night time.Due to the scarcity of natural resources as found in the other parts of Malaysia,Melaka is heavily dependent solely on industrialization and tourism development The state of Melaka boasts of a rich cultural Malaysian heritage and architecture along with the influence of Portuguese culture.Due to its strategic location its popularity as a successful trading port has attracted traders from countries all over the world.The third smallest state of Malaysia,it is a Unesco World Heritage City.Because of its close proximity to Singapore,this state also sees an exodus of tourists who visit Melaka to discover more about this state.It is a roughly 150 Kms from Kuala Lumpur which is a drive of roughly two (2) hours.Present day Melaka houses modern buildings and establishments.Easy to move around this organised and compact city,one can explore it on foot and by Trishaw. The State boasts of many must visit sites.
Melaka Sultanate Palace : Melaka was one of the oldest Sultanates.The monarchy rule ceased after the invasion of the Portuguese in 1511.The Melaka Sultanate Palace is the wooden replica of a ‘once upon a time’ palace of Sultan Mansoor Shah in the 15th Century.Located at the base of St.Paul’s Hill,the Palace was meticulously constructed using the traditional construction methods mentioned in the accounts and texts of the sixteenth(16th) Century in the Serejah Melayu or Malay Annals.The palace was seven(7) tiered and was entirely built without using nails,wooden carved pillars and covered with a copper and zinc roof.The royal palace was a unique attraction in the whole world around the time.Sadly it was destroyed by lightning a year after the Sultan ascended the throne.Today, the multi million ringgit worth palace is Muzium Kebudayaan or Cultural Museum which celebrates the Melakan Malay Sultanate’s history and cultural heritage. The museum showcases more than 1350 items of artefacts,drawings, prints,photographs,weaponry,musical instruments,brassware,jewellery,decorative arts,traditional costumes and souvenirs gifted by various foreign rulers.All of these items are displayed in eight different chambers housed in three storeys of the palace.
A’Famosa Fort Melaka : The Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albuquerque invaded and occupied Melaka in 1511. Melaka,a strategic location as a port for ships attracted the the Portuguese to the state. To establish their supremacy and stronghold in Fareast Asia they built an equally strong fort overlooking the river to defend themselves against foreign invasions.Located by the Istana ke Sultanan on Jalan Kota,it is known to be one of the oldest surviving European architectural structures in Asia.Sadly,the only remains of the fort is now a crumbling whitewashed gatehouse and is located downhill from St. Paul’s Church.The fort was well cared for by the Portuguese administration.The fort housed the hospitals,five churches,long jailhouses for prisoners,towers and ammunition storage room.The Dutch captured A’Famosa from the Portuguese in 1641 and renovated and reconstructed it.While they placed their company logo, the ‘VOC’ coat of arms about the gates of Porta De Santiago (A’Famosa).[‘VOC’ is the abbreviation of Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie]. It again changed hands when the British captured Melaka from the Dutch.However they found it a bit daunting task to take care of it over time.Lest it should fall into another enemy’s hands again,they started its destruction. It was the timely intervention of Sir Stamford Raffles(Founder of Singapore) that the further demolition was stopped.But all that could be saved was the the crumbling remains of Porta de Santiago, a small gate house.One can see the ‘VOC’ coat of arms even today on the shield carried by the soldier on the right side of the logo.Much later in 2006 another part of A’Famosa was discovered during the construction of the Menara Taming Sari revolving tower.Wisely enough the newly discovered fort parts were reconstructed and the location of the revolving tower were relocated.
Menara Taming Sari : Located in the popular district of Melaka, Bandar Hilir on Jalan Merdeka,Melaka Menara Taming Sari or Melaka Menara Taming Tower is the only gyro tower (rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction) in Malaysia to this day.The Central location of the tower is just 0.35 Km away from St. Paul’s Hill and A’ Famosa .Named after a mythical weapon called Taming Sari Keris and constructed with the help of Swiss earthquake resistant technology,the tower measures one hundred and ten (110) metres in height and a revolving structure that measures a three hundred and sixty (360) degree panoramic view of all the great sights in Malacca. The glass cabin revolves mesmerically as it rises from the ground to the top carrying about eighty (80) people at one go.At the top you can see a breathtaking view of Melaka as far as you can see-such as St. Paul’s Hill, Melaka River Cruise, St. John Fort and Portuguese Square, all this within a matter of seven (7) minutes.The tower is capable enough to withstand earthquakes measuring upto ten (10) on the Richter scale.The Taming Sari houses five (5) commercial outlets consisting of a cafe,a restaurant and souvenir shops.
Jonker Street : This is the main street of Chinatown.Located in the heart of Melaka city,Jonker Street is a narrow alley which endorses the harmonious blend of cultures and the multitude of historical sites that Malaysia very proudly stands for. The colonial and social rich residents were known to reside here around the eighteenth (18) century. These antique landmarks and historical buildings are well preserved and blend well with the modern day towers. The old landmarks have now given way to antique and curio shops displaying some remarkable pieces dating back to the seventeenth (17th) and eighteenth (18th) century,restaurants,craft and souvenir outlets and clothing outlets. Some of these shops and outlets with display of some valuable and notable pieces of Chinese porcelain, decorative brassware, cast iron furniture, old world lamps, old coins and genuine paper money used in early Melakan trade.The Jonker Walk Night Market is the best and attracts all its tourists. The night market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays.Endless array of stalls lining the streets,live music streaming through feels like you are at a carnival.You may get a chance to hear many music bands performing at food outlets selling delicious local recipes.Locally made handicraft items reflecting Malaysian culture and heritage are available for purchase along with the souvenirs and gifts typical of a Malaysian night time bazaar.
Christ Church : The Dutch conquered Melaka from the Portuguese in 1641.After the occupation, the old St. Paul’s Church at the summit of St. Paul Hill was renamed the Bovenkerk (Upper Church) and used as the main parish church of the Dutch community.To commemorate the completion of a century Dutch rule in Melaka,they decided to build a new Church to replace the ageing Bovenkerk. The church was completed in 1753.Situated along Jalan Gereja (also known as Church Street) it is an instantly recognizable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top.It is in the Chinatown centre with the very famous Jonker Street just across the bridge.It is very popular in the The Stadthuys Area. Exactly opposite is the Historical Museum and Ethnographical Museum. The ‘Baba and Nyonya’ culture influence is still prevalent with the luxurious and opulent ‘Baba’ houses and the stylish and graceful ‘Nyonya restaurants which are found in the narrow streets.The interiors of the cathedral still has the handmade pews which date back to more than two centuries.Decorative fanlights,neatly laid out tiles which have a worn out gradually with time till adorn the place.After the British took over from the Dutch,a weathercock and bell was added to Christ Church.Outside the church is a green collection of potted plants. Colourful Trishaws are available in plenty and you can enjoy a ride at a fee.
The Stadthuys : Located in what is locally known as Dutch Square in Melaka town,this is a enormous red terracotta building and a legacy of the Dutch and believed to be the oldest Dutch building in Asia.The Stadthuys exhibits Dutch Colonial architecture featuring solid sturdy walls,louvered windows and wrought iron hinged strong doors.Built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of what was a Portuguese fort, it was the administrative and official centre and thus an important landmark for all the successive governments-Dutch,Portuguese and the British from its completion till the year 1980.The Stadthuys was converted into a history museum in 1982.Located just beside the very popular Christ Church and opposite the lively Jonker Street,it can be easily found.The renovated musuem houses the History & Ethnography Museum which showcases Melakan customs and traditions as well as the city’s rich history, from the days of the great Malay Sultanate to the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupations. Museum of Literature which educates us of all the historical accounts and local legends are detailed in maps, prints and photographs is just behind the Stadthuys. One admission ticket allows visitors entrance to both exhibits. Flor de Mar is a half size replica of the galley that the Portuguese Viceroy arrived into Melaka. An affluent Chinese family from the Straits constructed the Tang Beng Swee Clocktower in 1886 which looks marked Dutch is also nearby
Close to the Stadthuys is the Melaka Maritime Museum, a replica of the Flor de la Mar,the Portuguese ship carrying the loot plundered from Melaka and sank off the Melaka coast on its way to Portugal.The replica is a enormous structure of thirty-four (34) meters in height,thirty-six (36) meters long and eight (8) meters in width. Opened in 1994,the Museum is divided into different eras that Melaka has witnessed-the Melaka Sultanate period, to Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.The Museum aims to bring home the maritime history of Melaka. The artefacts,documents,paintings and several other exhibits highlight Melaka’s importance as a strategic location for trade and business and also the importance of the rulers of the time for the maritime dominance.The museum has myriads of exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and spices bought by the traders of various nations.For ship enthusiasts, there is a vast collection of different ship models that are on display at the museum.A great education about the types of ships and their functions from the collection can be obtained. The upper level of the ship has a diorama of a captain’s cabin,though visitors are not allowed to enter the cabin, on the doorstep of the cabin is plenty of material on the vital role the captain on Portuguese ships played.
Queen Victoria’s Fountain : Another historical landmark is the Queen Victoria’s Fountain which is at a walking distance from the Stadthuys. Located in the middle of Dutch Square,the marble carved fountain was built in 1901 by the British to celebrate the sixty-three (63) years plus some months rule of Queen Victoria.Great importance is placed for this monument because it is one of the last traces of the long and glorious British rule in Malaysia. Queen Victoria exceeded George III as the longest ruling English Monarch in England and Scotland on 23 September 1886. The celebrations were delayed on her request until 1897 as the event was to be celebrated with her Diamond Jubilee and it became a festival of the British Empire.Though more than a hundred (100) years old,has been preserved well and is still as elegant as it was a hundred years ago and also functions well. It is also probably the only functioning colonial water fountain in Malaysia. It is a very impressive and majestic sight to behold.On the tip of the fountain says ‘Victoria Regina 1837-1901, erected by the people of Malacca in memory of a great Queen.It serves as an apt background for tourist photography,hence be ready to expect a long queue to photograph it.
St.Paul’s Church : The suggestive ruins of St.Paul’s Church form the summit of St.Paul’s Hill.This is a historic church building in Melaka, that was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Today it is a part of the Melaka Museum Complex comprising the A Famosa ruins, the Stadthuys and other historical buildings.The original structure was a simple chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of the Annunciation) and is roofless and covered in Ferns. The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho, as an act of gratitude to Virgin Mary for saving his life from a storm in the South China Sea.The ruins are a beautiful, breezy sanctuary at the end of a steep flight of stairs set near the remains of A’ Famosa fort
Melaka River Cruise : The Melaka River was a prominent entry port for traders especially from Europe around sixteenth century.Hence they christened it ‘The Venice of the East’.Sumatran Prince Parameswara believed to be the founder of Melaka also built his palace around the year (1400) along the eastern side of the river bank which is the foot of St. Paul’s hill.Today the river plays a very significant role to discover this historic city in the form of a forty-five (45) minute cruise along the river offers to take you through the colonial buildings,ancient and quaint shophouses,equally old bridges and the local settlements around the place.It is aptly called a River of Bridges.Tan Boon Seng Bridge and the Chan Boon Cheng Bridge both linked to history.The former one known to be seized by the Portuguese during their invasion to divide Melaka into by snapping all communications on both sides of the river. The latter was known to be a concrete structure linking the old Chinatown which was called as Kampung Pantai then on the west side of the riverbank to the new Chinatown through Jalan Bunga Raya on the east side.The bridge underwent renovation in 1963 and is built with steel exteriors. The another not so kind aspect is that the Japanese during their occupation used the foot of the bridge to place severed heads of their victims as a warning to the populace who dared to confront them.Besides these are a pedestrian bridge which links Kampung Pantai to Kampung Jawa called as the Ghost Bridge of Melaka and another one which links Kampung Hulu to Jalan Kee Ann and the old Central Market called as the Old Market Bridge. The scenic riverbanks which used to be complete with fishing boats berthed along the riverbanks here,have now given way to many rows of Chinese restaurants. Kampung Morten is an old and typical Malay village settlement designated as a National Heritage. More known as a Museum with with well preserved traditional Malay architecture and the olden days lifestyle.Huge and bright but loud coloured Street art can be found by the river along Jonker Street.Subjects for the canvas are anything under the sun.
One important landmark in Jonker Street is the Cheng Ho Culture Museum. A gallery located at the north of the Melaka River in a warehouse houses the exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). The famous explorer from Ming Dynasty,visited Melaka at least five (5) times during his famous seven (7) voyages to the Western Ocean (Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa) between 1405 to 1433 with his mighty fleet of several hundred ships.He set up a huge warehouse complex along the northern side of the Melaka River to store all his exploits of the visits.To date there is no clear indication of the location of the warehouse complex. It is believed that the present Museum opened in 2006 is situated on the original site of Guan Chang built by Cheng Ho,about 600 years ago. Cheng Ho is remembered for bolstering the Chinese-Malaysian ties. The museum showcases many evidences of cultural exchange between Malaysia and the Chinese, among others, treasure ships, tea houses and other navigation instruments.
Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary : Spread over an area of about eleven (11) hectares,it is also known as Taman Rama Rama Park.A combination of a thick lush jungle and a landscaped area,this well kept sanctuary was opened in 1991 and consists of the Koi River Valley, Butterfly Garden, Reptile Aviary, Wild Photo Lane and Nature’s Art Centre. Situated in the ‘Green belt of Melaka’ called Ayer Keroh,this sanctuary houses a wide variety of animals.Eye catching coloured fluttering butterflies of over twenty (20) species are housed here. The Koi River Valley houses hundreds of colourful deep bodied freshwater fish swimming around creating a very calm aura. Ably complemented by beautifully landscaped ponds,miniature waterfalls and surrounded by tropical plants.A 250 m-long canopy walk is a good choice for great souvenir photos.Wild photo lane is another great place to take up close and personal snaps with the animals of the park-Burmese python,green iguana,red tailed boa and more.The reptile Aviary houses boas, pythons, vipers or cobras,all under one roof.The giant Burmese python,and the twenty(20) foot reticulated python. Watch out for the long-nose whip snakes camouflage themselves in the leaves with its slender twig-like body and green scales. The aviary also houses crocodiles and a pair of golden leopards.
Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park : Located in Ayer Keroh,the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park,is the place where replicas of traditional Malaysian and ASEAN homes can be seen.The park showcases the country’s thirteen (13) states’ replicas of traditional houses in the respective states that actually look similar until you look into each interior where the differences can be seen with life-sized wax dummies dressed in respective traditional costumes as well as local handicrafts.Each house contains furnishings, fixtures and works of art depicting the culture of each state or country.The Mini Malaysia Complex also houses a model of an Orang Asli village. A similar park is also made in Kuala Lumpur at the Karyaneka Handicraft Centre
Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum : Chinese traders and entrepreneurs who came to Melaka City to conduct business and trade went ahead to marry the Malay women and settle down in Melaka. Peranakan or ‘Straits born Chinese’ community is referred to as the descendants of these unions or marriages.[the Straits born gentleman was referred as Baba and the Straits born lady was referred as Nyonya] and thus is born the name of this Heritage Museum.They are known for their unique furniture, dress style, and food-a perfect blend of Chinese and Malay cuisine.With the progress of time,these foreign merchants did well for themselves financially.This was displayed in the manner in which converted Dutch townhouses into a opulent palaces and decorated the interiors with Dutch architecture,fixtures and Victorian Lamps.The Heritage Museum is a private museum located along Jalan Tun Cheng Lock in Melaka-a street also known as “Millionaire’s Row” for its luxurious houses. A collection of three well restored townhouses/terrace lots acquired by the Chan family in
1861.A good four generations lived here till the place was converted into a museum in 1985 by the descendants of the wealthy family that once lived in the building.Connected by a common covered footway and covered with hand painted tiles,every piece of furniture in each room and interior decor show an heavy colonial influence of Dutch, Portuguese and Malay.The furnishings of Victorian era chandeliers and floor tiles are exactly as the original owners left them.Lavish Blackwood furniture from China, inlaid with mother of pearl and marble, greet visitors in the formal reception hall. Set above them are five (5) meter high silk embroidery of Chinese symbolism. A unique set of stairs made of solid cenggal wood leads to the second floor. With its intricately woven gold-leaf carvings adorning the back portion, this staircase is reputed to be the first of its kind seen in South East Asia. Customized sinks with the home owner Chan Cheng Siew’s initials are seen in the different rooms of the house.Step back into the bygone era and relive that great time.At the heart of it the museum displays valuable century old Baba Nyonya traditional costumes, wood-work art and antique furniture all items having their own story to narrate.
Melaka Batik House is situated in Ayer Keroh. Batik is a traditional art form in which any type of fabric is imprinted with colourful patterns through the application of wax and dye. It features large floral motifs and vibrant colours, and is usually worn during official occasions such as weddings and governmental events.The double storey Batik house similar to a traditional Malay house complete with wooden roof and bricked stairs houses an array of batik products-shirts,parios,unstitched fabric material to create an outfit of your choice. Melaka Zoo and Night Zoo is located in Ayer Keroh is the second largest in Malaysia.Spread over fifty-four (54) acres,it is home to over 1200 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians including the Malayan gaur,barking deer,serow and Malayan tiger.A night safari is organised where you are driven around in a tram to exhibit the nocturnal animals in the zoo.The zoo was the first in the region to exhibit the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros and gaur. For Toy lovers there is Melaka Toy Museum which houses over 10,000 toys and figurines.The single storey bungalow museum has a giant green statue of the Hulk on the museum rooftop and a big T-Rex on the museum grounds The attention catching exhibits at Melaka Toy Museum are a life-sized Catwoman gracing the wall of the museum, and a full-sized Jar Jar Binks standing tall.Some of the limited edition toys feature iconic cartoon and comic characters such as Superman and Batman.Cult movie classics, such as The Mask and Chucky are also featured by displaying rare figurines from both films.A Horror Chamber featuring figurines of the characters from the famous horror flicks are also seen.
St.John’s Fort : Located in the South of Melaka,this was once a private chapel dedicated to John the Baptist.Sitting atop St.John’s Hill,it is about three (3) Kms from Melaka Town.It was rebuilt by the Dutch around the eighteenth (18) century to protect and guard against the land based attacks on Melaka from locals and invaders and thus was named as St.John’s Fort.This fort is among the attractions due an interesting feature-the cannons face inland instead of facing towards the sea.History has it that during that time, attacks on Melaka came mainly from the interior lands instead of coming from the sea.Today all that can be seen of the once magnificent fort are the walls where the cannons are placed.Another reason to come here is for the view from the top of the hill where St. John’s Fort stands, particularly for the fantastic tropical sunsets.
Melaka is not known so much for its rainforests,but it has some beautiful islands and long stretches of warm sandy and serene beaches perfect for a getaway. Pantai Kundur is a small beach with a fishing village located about seventeen (17) Kms from Melaka Town.Popular for swimming and picnicking,the beach is lined with casuarina trees.The beach provides ample shade for its visitors.Fishermen take over and head out in fishing boats in the night to ‘Kelongs'[Platforms built on stilts on the sea] for fishing. Tanjung Bidara is located about twenty (20) Kms northwest of Melaka. The sea here is quite wide with lush vegetation and the beach is tranquil and calm.Not a great place for swimming though as the water is a little murky,but a great place for relaxation and recreational activities with water sports,beach volleyball and ofcourse plenty of food available along the beach. Tanjung Kling-located about fifteen (15) Kms away from Melaka is a new development-a pleasant stretch of white beach lined with coconut palms and sea shells, perfect for a quick jaunt.Among the Islands,Pulau Besar or the ‘Big Island‘is in fact the biggest among the cluster of Islands is covered by lush green vegetation and boasts of fine sandy beaches. The origin of the Island is enveloped in different myths and legends.Sports and recreational activities include canoeing, island hopping, fishing, jungle trekking, swimming, cycling, beach volleyball and even traditional games like ‘Batu Lima’ are available here.Outdoor barbecue also can be arranged. Pulau Ubeh is a smaller island located in Melaka is also a peaceful getaway for locals and tourists after it was cleared of pirate camps which used them as shelters during World War II.Today there is a resort and water-sport facilities are available at the beach. Scattered around the Island is an ancient well and relics from World War Two attracts visitors. Pulau Ubeh also houses the rarest species of sea turtles-Hawksbills, During the egg-laying season between March and June, visitors can come here to catch a glimpse of Hawksbills coming on the beach to nest.
The Cheng Hoon Teng temple also called the Temple of Green Cloud is a Taoist temple, located at Jalan Tokong. The temple is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia.The roof has curved ridges,design reflects the architectural style of South China.It has recently been restored, and won the prestigious Unesco award for outstanding architectural restoration. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin). This temple was constructed by skilled workers from China – master craftsmen, artisans and carpenters, who replicated the designs of the Southern Chinese temple. The building conforms strictly to the principles of Feng Shui, incorporating the fundamental belief that every aspect of life is closely related to attaining perfect harmony with nature.
SHOPPING OPTIONS IN MELAKA
Shopping does not occupy an important place in a cultural heritage haven like Melaka. However there are a few Shopping attractions among the historical sites
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall : Nestled among the famous historical sites-A’Famosa and St.Paul’s Hill,this nine storey mall offers you the great modern shopping experience in an otherwise Historical city.Branded stores,discount stores,entertainment centres,food and beverage outlets and much much more, all at the same place under one roof.The basement level is completely dedicated to to craft-and-souvenir market .Check out for unique items to gift friends and family back home. Golden Screen Cinema, a ten (10) screen cinema offering the latest blockbusters and local films in normal and 3D format takes care of the entertainment quotient. The Super Roller skating rink for a fun skating experience within a disco like environment and Revo Archery, a place for you to discover your hidden archery skills. The shopping mall also plays host to Coral Wonderland, the country’s first coral park. Located at Level 4 of the property, this one-of-a-kind attraction is Malaysia’s ‘most touchable aquarium’, providing the longest touch pool in Asia for those who would like a closer inspection of sea creatures. Several daily activities are also lined up for visitors who would like to witness the enchanting marine animals – these include shark feeding sessions and fun quizzes. A variety of food and beverages outlets take care of your appetite and hunger after massive shopping.Reasonable and some inexpensive local and Asian cuisines with Station Kopitiam and Kopitiam Express offers local café fare along with the popular fast food chains such as McDonalds and Burger King also important outlets.Good options of restaurants for a full dining experience as well.
Mahkota Parade : One of Melaka’s first shopping malls ,the four storey mall was recently upgraded to get a modern look after being initially opened in 1994.Home to more than two hundred (200) stores-international brands,food and beverage outlets and entertainment centres. The premier shopping mall is located right in the middle of the city centre, surrounded by Melaka’s most famous landmarks, such as A’Famosa and St. Paul’s Hill.Right across is the biggest competitor, Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall mostly thronged by locals on weekends for shopping and leisure activities,Giant Hypermarket and Parkson Grand department stores are two anchor tenants offering visitors a wide array of fresh groceries, decent and reasonably priced clothing and home appliances.The mall houses discount sores for sporting goods,clothing,footwear,ladies handbags and much more with an IT Hypermarket for computers and accessories
Freeport A’Famosa Outlet : This is the biggest shopping mall in Alor Gajah, which houses more than seventy (70) international fashion, sports, and accessories brands at excellent rates. Located just outside the main entrance of A’Famosa Resort, this open-air outlet village is a pleasant stopover for those travelling to Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage Site from Kuala Lumpur. Covering an area of around sixteen thousand (16,000) square metres. Freeport A’Famosa Outlet is dedicated to Melaka’s European influence featuring Dutch colonial-style architecture, complete with a lake and water fountains and a massive windmill. There are also complimentary strollers, tricycles, and carousel rides for travellers with young children.The International retail stores offer huge discounts on items like bags,cosmetics,perfumes,sports equipments and much more and there is additional discounts on special occasions.Fast food outlets,joints selling local as well as International cuisine,a vast array of restaurants and food kiosks compensate for the appetite generated after a heavenly retail therapy.
Hatten Square Suites and Shoppes is a four-storey shopping mall located along Jalan Merdeka, right in the middle of Malacca City Centre. This shopping complex is the latest addition to the shopping arenas of the World UNESCO Heritage city.There is an accompanying and neighbouring Hatten Hotel too. Two premier shopping malls, Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade shopping malls are next door neighbours and are interconnected, so you can easily cross over to other mall for more options.One level is completely dedicated to IT,electronics,mobile phones and reasonable priced mobile accessories.In another level you can find many stores selling a wide array of cheap and trendy clothing especially for ladies,shoes,handbags,funky and fancy T shirts,skirts and much more. There are spas and reflexology centers for a great relaxing massage and pampering after a long day.
Jonker Street is always alive and buzzing with visitors and tourists.The street has an array of stores housing curious antiques and local products. Orang Utan House is a art house gallery which houses a collection of paintings for sale.Also collection of funky tee shirts can be bought as souvenirs. Jonker Gallery is famous for its markets and outlets for inexpensive souvenirs to carry back home. The Jonker Gallery outlets are scattered all throughout Jonker Walk. It is a great walk to visit and stop-by one of these stores, which provide a one-stop-shop for locally-made handicrafts, shoes, bags, trinkets, charms and other fashion accessories. Many of its handmade clothing and souvenirs are sold in bulk, making Jonker Gallery the perfect place to shop for those last-minute gifts for all of your friends and family. San Shu Gong building is a four storey structure housing a multitude of food items, ranging from flavoured biscuits to healthy drinks, and cafe’s, selling specialties like white coffee and milk tea drinks. There are unique and amazing snacks to taste for sampling and then to buy them if you like them.