Melaka On Foot


Melaka

Walk your way around

Melaka is one of Malaysia’s most unassuming states with a good blend of historic attractions and great food. Melaka is the third smallest Malaysian state after Perlis and Penang. It is located 150 km south of Kuala Lumpur, exactly located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Melaka. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and Johor to the south. This historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage city since 2007. With its appealing and assorted blend of cultural, multicultural heritage, rich trading history and natural attractions, there are some key sights you should not miss out when visiting the state. Walking through Melaka, it is really good to start from the heritage city building if you want to see all the key sights. When you begin walking from here, you can see the St. Francis Xavier Church to your left. The St. Francis Xavier Church was built in 1856, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary. This twin-spired neo-gothic structure was built on the site of an old Portuguese church. This is a very big impressive church between this small street with old houses and small old shops. When you walk further along the street, you will see the old and authentic houses and shops built by the Dutch, just by looking around you. Melaka River is just right behind these buildings. This river flows through the middle of Melaka town. It was once an important trade route during the heyday of Melaka sultanate in the 15th century. It has lost its function nowadays and became a tourist attraction. While walking along the river you can see the tourist boats and enjoy the relaxing and serene atmosphere. On the bridge, to your left, you will see the Dutch Square with the Dutch Stadthuys, Christ Church, Victoria Fountain and a windmill. All of these sights were built by the Dutch, except the Victoria fountain. This fountain was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is probably one of the last traces of the British colonial era in Malaysia and it symbolizes the glorious days of the British colonization in Malaysia in the yesteryears. In contrast, the four-sailed windmill was built to mark the Dutch occupation in Melaka instead.