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PLACES OF INTEREST IN MELAKA


 
A Famosa fortress (1512)
Ruins of the original Portuguese fortress
 
Bukit China (17th century onward)
The largest Chinese cemetery outside China, containing 12,500 graves
 
Cheng Hoon Teng temple (1645 onward)
The oldest Chinese temple in Melaka
 
Christ church (1741 onward)
The oldest functioning Protestant church in Melaka
 
Francis Xavier church (1849)
Gothic church built by the French Priest Father P. Fabre
 
Hang Jebat mausoleum (15th century or earlier)
Achinese-style grave attributed to a famous warrior
 
Hang Kasturi mausoleum (15th century or earlier)
Grave attributed to the sworn-brother of Hang Jebat (see above)
 
Kampong Hulu mosque (1720 onward)
A Sumatran-style Mosque built during a period of Dutch religious toleration
 
Kampong Keling mosque (1748 onward)
Another Sumatran style mosque with eclectic details
 
Melaka streets
Scenes of the historic town
 
Poh San Teng temple
Temple dedicated to Chinese admiral Zheng He, who visited Melaka in 1409
 
Sri Poyyatha temple (1710 onward)
Melaka's oldest Hindu temple
 
St. John's fort (late 18th century)
A Dutch fort with guns pointed toward the land, not the sea
 
St. Paul's church (originally 1531, rebuilt 1566)
The remains of the church where St. Francis Xavier was originally buried.
 
St. Peter's church (1710 onward)
The oldest functioning Catholic church in Melaka
 
Stadthuys Town Hall (1641-1660)
The oldest and largest Dutch colonial building surviving in Southeast Asia.
 
Sultan's well (15th century)
Melaka's most important well, built prior to the Portuguese arrival

Pulau Besar
 
Located near Umbai, and 10 km south of Bandar Melaka, Pular Besar or ‘ Big Island’ is a mysterious island that has many fables and legends behind its origin. Some say that the island resembles the shape of a pregnant woman, due to a story that a princess who, heart-broken because of her husband’s death, jumped into the seas and consequently, her body floated and took the form of an island. As she was pregnant at that time, Pulau Besar, with a landscape resembling a belly, was born.
On the island, one can find a cave which is believed to be used by ancient warriors for practicing magical arts. Yet another sight is a giant rock called ‘Batu Belah’ or Split Rock. Legend has it that a magician trapped his apprentice inside the rock by splitting it in half and then rejoining it with the apprentice inside. Visitors can also enjoy evening strolls on the sand, swimming in the calm waters and snorkeling.

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