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Melaka

Country
Malaysia
State
Melaka
City
Melaka
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

The city of Melaka is divided into the new and old sections. The older part of the city is fairly compact and has many historical and cultural attractions tucked into the nooks and crannies of its narrow streets.



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How to Reach

By Air

Malaysia Airlines flies to Melaka from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and AirAsia from the LCCT terminal, KLIA. From Thailand, and Sabah or Sarawak, fly to KL and get connecting flights (which are few)

By Train

Unfortunately, the Malayan Railways does not pass Melaka. You can stop at Seremban or Kuala Lumpur and take a bus or taxi to Melaka.
 

Key places to visit
Menara Taming Sari, Melaka Zoo, St. John's Fort, St. Paul's Hill


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Places to Visit

Menara Taming Sari

Witness a host of interesting and historical sights of Melaka from a height of 80 metres of Menara Taming Sari. Rest assured with the beauty of the vast scenic Melaka straits and the fast development of Melaka, your visit will be an unforgettable and memorable one.

Menara Taming Sari which located at Jalan Merdeka, Banda Hilir, Melaka was opened on 18 April 2008. The 110 metre viewing tower was designed based on the legendary Taming Sari Keris.

It will be the 1st tower in the country to have a fully revolving structure. The air-conditioned viewing cabin will be able to accommodate 66 people at one time.

Melaka Zoo

Melaka Zoo is situated at Ayer Keroh, approximately 13 kilometres from downtown Melaka. It is the second largest zoo in Malaysia. The zoo's total area is approximately 54 acres.

It has in its possession at least 1,200 animals from more than 200 species. Melaka Zoo opened its door to the public in 1963. The major attractions of Melaka Zoo are the Malayan Gaur, Serow and the Malayan Tiger.

In line with the current zoo development, Melaka Zoo adopted an open concept and maintains the natural green environment. Melaka Zoo’s role is as a centre for wildlife research, conservation breeding, zoo education center and a popular tourist destination.

St. John's Fort

Rebuilt by the Dutch in the 18th century, St. John's Fort was once a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

The fort has an interesting feature - cannons face inland as, during that time, attacks on Melaka came mainly from the hinterland instead of from the sea.

Another attraction for many is the view from the top of the hill where St. John's Fort stands, particularly for the fantastic tropical sunsets.

St. Paul's Hill

The Portuguese colonised Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa. As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, the A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East.

Within the fort walls were housing and food stores, a castle, a meeting room for the Portuguese Council and five churches. A seven-month attack by the Dutch just about destroyed the entire fortress, leaving only the entrance façade and the structure of a church at the top of the hill.

Go for a stroll up St. Paul's Hill on a cool late afternoon and wander among the majestic trees and historical remnants. Here, you can almost imagine the glories and miseries of the besieged lives the Portuguese would have led right here all those years ago.

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