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One of the most interesting Chinese temples I visited in Malaysia is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka, Malaysia.  It is considered the oldest Chinese temple in all of Malaysia.   Built in the 1600’s, to serve the religious needs of the Chinese community, it still remains a influential place of worship today.  Here you will find a mixture of traditions from Buddism, Taoism, and Confucianism.  The temple is also preserved under the UNESCO world heritage recognition in which Melaka had earned back in 2008.     Read Full Article →

One of the main landmarks in Melaka, Malaysia is the cluster of red buildings at the Dutch Square.  The focal centre of the Dutch Square is the Stadhuys (once the Dutch adminstration centre), and the Christ Church.   The following article has some great details of the history of the Dutch Square in Melaka, Malaysia.  Once again please do leave a comment and share your experiences!

Melaka Travels – Stadhuys and Christ Church in Dutch Square

Melaka a small state in Malaysia is famous for its historical landmarks and it is also awarded with UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dutch Square area is one of Melaka most famous historical landmark. One simple indicator that you have reach is to see the surrounding buildings all painted in red.

There are a few historical landmark which you can find in the Dutch Square area:

Stadhuys : This building was built in the year 1650 as the center of Dutch administration and residence of the Dutch Governor and their officers. The structure truly reflects Dutch architecture in that time and is believed to the the oldest Dutch building in the East. Now, it is known as “Museum of History and Ethnography” which exhibits traditional wedding clothes and artifacts of historical Melaka.

Christ Church: Built in the year 1753 by the Dutch and it is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Inside the Christ Church you can find jointless wooden ceiling beam(each cut from a single tree trunk), a brass Bible inscribed with the first verse of St. John in Dutch, a tombstones written in the Portuguese language and a tiled artwork replica of ” The Last Supper”. It also still contains the original hand crafted pews (church long bench seat) and window dated back 200 years old. Later, during British occupation in the year 1795, the church was consecrated as an Anglican Church.

Both Stadhuys and Christ Church is opened daily for tourists from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Dutch Square is situated in Melaka town and is one of the few places that you should not miss when travelling in Melaka.

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Here’s a great summary article of the top 10 things to do in Malacca (also known as Melaka), Malaysia! Actually it should be only top 9, as item 5 below (“get bird eye view on Malacca from Eye on Malaysia”) has stopped operations.  Enjoy this great article and please post some comments!

One of the famous destinations on list for locals and tourist for a short vacation is Malacca – the historical town. The place might be small but the attractions are endless!

1 – Explore Malaysia at Taman Mini Malaysia & Mini ASEAN
Explore the different types of traditional Malaysia houses representing 13 states from Sarawak’s Iban Long House to Negeri Sembilan’s Long Roofed House the only house in Malaysia to have a curved roof reminiscent of the Minangkabau roof of Sumatra. Also, you will be able to find other houses from other ASEAN countries.

2 – Take a River Cruise along Malacca River
Malacca River has the boat tour that probably take about 45 minutes or an hour to complete the sight-seeing. A tour guide will highlight the interesting places! Interested tourists have to check on the operating hours as the cruise only available during high tide.
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