Places Of Worship

Its sustaining blend of cultures and fine historic buildings make Melaka a great choice for tourists, notably history buffs. And for those with a passion for spiritual matters, the state houses some the oldest and most fascinating places of worship in Malaysia.


Masjid Tengkera

The actual mosque structure was constructed in 1728 entirely of wood purchased from Kalimantan, which was ruled by the Dutch East India Company. Since then, it has undergone several renovations and restorations. The mosque consists of components of the Javanese culture.

Kampung Kling Mosque

Situated on Jalan Tukang Mas or Jalan Harmoni, the mosque was built in 1748 by Che Mat Bin Kecut on part of the land belonging to Dato Shamsuddin bin Dato Aroon. The mosque is built on the same road as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple for the Chinese and Sri Poyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple for Hindus.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

It is said to be the oldest Chinese temple ever constructed in Melaka, and some thought it may also be the oldest in the Peninsular. Literally translated as the "Green Cloud Temple," this temple acts as a religious constitution that blends Buddhism, confucianism and Taoism with the same philosophic practises.

Sam Po Keng Temple

This is a temple of multi functions; especially goddess, Tua Pek Gong is a local Taoism goddess controlling the local land and in charges of wealth. Another picture that is being worshipped is the Kapitan of local Chinese during the Dutch era. This Temple is located in the middle of Chinatown in Melaka.

Church of St Francis Xavier

The church was built in 1849 by a French priest , Father Farvé, on the site of an old Portuguese church. The finishing touches of the building were completed in 1856 by Father Allard, and the new presbytery was built in 1874. It has been the largest church built by the MEP (Paris Foreign Missionary) in the Malaya Peninsula for quite some time.

Melaka Straits Mosque

The Malacca Strait Mosque has a simple plan of a central square with symmetrical composition of four smaller turrets at its corners. Covering the inner spaces is a long linking perimeter deck that offers access for patrons to go around the mosque to enjoy the views of the surrounding sea

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

This temple does not have the traditional Dravidian architecture (colossal dome painted in rich hues of vibrant colours). Since it was constructed during the time when the Dutch controlled the city, there are also some Dutch elements and influences on the architecture.

Sannasimalai Andavar Temple

According to the historical archives of the temple, the saint performed the regular prayers to a Shiva Lingga and meditated on the hill nearby, hence the origin of the name of the temple, which was named the saint.