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Melaka Sights and Landmarks Guide, Malaysia

The capital city of the state of Melaka is Melaka. It is situated on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. This historical city is regarded as a World Heritage Site.

Melaka or Malacca is accessible by plane or road. The city is yet to have any railway connection. But the city is connected very well with a number of highways and roads connecting to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Singapore. Melaka can be explored on foot and one may rent bikes as well.

On Tuesdays, many shops and museums are closed. So remember not to visit Melaka on a Tuesday.

The central part of the old city has the old palace, huge buildings built by the Europeans and many century-old houses and shops built by the Chinese. These buildings have beautiful designs and tiles on the front.

There are a number of heritage buildings and churches. Stadthuys is the oldest Dutch building in the east. It was built in 1660. It houses the Historical Museum.

The oldest protestant church in Malaysia is the Christ Church. Around the Stadthuys and Christ Church is the beautiful Red Square.

On Jalan Kota, around St. Paul's hill, you will find the remnants of the old Portuguese fort A Famosa. The St. Paul's Church nearby was built in 1521 by the Portuguese. It became a fort later and again was transformed back to a church. It was used as a burial ground for the church.

The Melaka Cututral Musuem or the Museum Budaya stands below the hill. The Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum is a Peranakan heritage house and preserves the Peranakan culture. There is a nominal entry fee and tours are conducted by guides.

The residential heart of old Malacca is worth a visit with its narrow winding roads, beautifully decorated houses, shops, mosques and temples. This area still preserves some of the old atmosphere in spite of rapid modernization. One street to visit in this area is the Harmony Street, where you will find a Hindu temple, a Chinese temple and a mosque - the prayer houses of Malaysia's three main faiths.

You can also visit the Portuguese settlement where descendants of the Portuguese who attacked Malacca still live. You will find neat rows of wooden houses. The people may look Malay but when you peep into their house, you will see typical remnants of Portuguese lifestyle. There are restaurants which sell Portuguese fares. They also have their own set of festivities.

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