HISTORIC-CULTURAL TOUR OF MALACCA
Sightseeing, Cultural, Tasting
An excursion to discover the charming city of Malacca and its glorious past hidden behind the façades of its centuries-old building. We will appreciate its rich history, culture and cuisine inherited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British dominations that turned it into an important port. Each corner reveals a small piece of history or a fascinating legend.
What we will see
Porta de Santiago
St. Paul's Church
Cheng Hoon Teng temple Malaysian Living Museum
What we will do
Our tour begins with a stroll along Memory Lane, where it all started.
We then see the exterior of the Stadthuys, the official residence of the Dutch governor and functionaries. and an excellent example of Dutch period architecture.
The Porta de Santiago, one of the four main doors of the A Famosa fortress, is the perfect testimony of the Portuguese occupation together with St. Paul’s church. It was built by the Portuguese as a fortress in 1511 but it was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion. After conquering the city, the British decided to destroy the door and it was Sir Stamford Raffles that salvaged its remains in 1808.
St. Paul’s Church was also built by the Portuguese. It was originally known as “Our Lady of the Hill and, in 1553, it briefly displayed the remains of St. Francis Xavier**. The Dutch then turned the chapel into a cemetery.
We continue with the Sultanate Palace, a reproduction of the original 15th-century building and now home to the Cultural Museum.
Our next step is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in the country. Founded in 1645 by two Chinese captains (chiefs of the local Hokkien community) during Portuguese occupation (1511-1650), it was built with materials imported directly from China.
We finally reach Kampong Morten to admire Villa Sentosa, known as the Malaysian Living Museum, where we will also enjoy some tea and local sweets.
What you need to know
There is limited availability of English-language guides; if these are not available the local guide's commentary will be translated by a local interpreter.
The itinerary may be subject to change.
We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.