Malacca City (Bandaraya Melaka or Kota Melaka in Malay) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca. Once one of the world’s most important trading ports, Malacca, Malaysia is now a popular tourist site that draws travelers from all over Asia.
Walking the streets of Malacca, Malaysia provided familiar images of shophouses and the street art that I encountered while visiting Penang, Malaysia. However, This UNESCO World Heritage site had plenty of unique historical landmarks and street scenes of its own to offer.
I found Malacca to be a fairly clean city and many of its historical sites were well-kept. Below, the “Red Square” and the 18th-century Christ church can be seen. Crews were in the process of planting flowers in the square while I visited.
Malacca is full of shophouses throughout the city. These shophouses demonstrate varying degrees of dilapidation and renovation, similar to what I found in Penang, Malaysia. Many interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants can be found in these shophouses. These structures make for very interesting walks through town, as they are full of character, color, and texture
Obvious efforts have been made to maintain the historical integrity of many of these shophouses. It is also obvious that they love their antiques in Malacca. I came across several antique shops, as well as restaurants and cafes that utilized antique furnishings and decor.
Malacca, Malaysia has its share of historical landmarks to explore. Pictured below are the remains of St Paul’s Church. Built in 1521, it is the oldest church building in Southeast Asia. Also pictured is a cannon in front of the A Famosa fortress. A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress built in 1512. It is among the oldest European architectural remains in Southeast Asia.
My personal favorite place to visit in Malacca, Malaysia is the river walk. The river walk is full of colorful street art and bridges. It is a great place to relax and have a beer while enjoying the surroundings. There were also many places to find a bite to eat while sitting by the river.
Pictured above is a replica of a Portuguese galleon named the Flor de la Mar. The Flor de la Mar sailed in the waters near Malaca, Malaysia in the 1500s and was shipwrecked in 1511. The replica serves as part of the maritime museum in Malacca.
As night falls upon Malacca, Malaysia, it transforms as its streets and storefronts begin to light up.
Jonker street in particular comes to life on the evenings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with its street market and carnival-like atmosphere.
Below, the Malacca Straits Mosque (The Floating Mosque) was opened in 2006. The mosque has the appearance that it is floating when the water level is high.
Below, the sun sets over the Malacca Straight as ships pass with their cargo.
Malacca, Malaysia is an entertaining and unique place to visit in Southeast Asia. Although it can be quite touristy at times, I enjoyed learning about its rich history, discovering its interesting and beautiful architecture, as well as relaxing on its river walk. In addition, Malacca is a relatively short and easy bus trip from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As such, I can recommend it as a brief part of a travel itinerary through Malaysia.