The Stadthuys Malacca
|| Jalan Gereja,75000 Malacca, Malaysia
|| Monument & Landmarks, Local History and Culture
The legacy of the Dutch is still very much alive and felt in Malacca in a form of a red building
called the Stadthuys. It used to be the administrative center of successive governments but now
it is a history museum. The Stadthuys can be easily found as it is just beside the Christ Church.
Opposite the Stadthuys is the famous Jonker Street visited by many tourists.
The Stadthuys was built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a fort which belongs
to the Portuguese. It is believed that the Stadthuys is the oldest Dutch building in
the East. This massive red building displays all the common features of the Dutch colonial
architecture which includes substantial solid doors and louvered windows. Since its
completion to 1980, the Stadthuys was used as the administrative center of successive
governments for a period of 300 years. It was in 1982 when the Stadthuys was converted
into a history museum which exhibits Malacca's history starting from the great Malay
Sultanate and the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization till the present day.
Beside the Stadthuys is also another fine example of the Dutch architecture which is the
Christ Church that was built in 1753. Attractions nearby are aplenty. Just a short walking
distance towards the opposite of the Stadthuys is the renowned Jonker Street where you can
try famous Malaccan delicacies such as the chicken rice ball, nyonya laksa, cendol and so on.
There are also many souvenirs which you can buy at the Jonker Street. Before you can get to
Jonker Street from the Stadhuys, you will cross a river. There is a Malacca River Cruise just
nearby if you wish to see more of this famous area. There are also museums in the area such as
the Cheng Ho Culture Museum and the Malaysian Youth Museum (Muzium Belia Melaka).
Another historical landmark close by is the Queen Victoria's Fountain which is a little far
from the Stadthuys but still reachable by walking. The fountain was built in 1901 but is still
standing proud and not does not look like it is more than a 100 years old. There are many places
to visit in this area. Further down from the fountain are two shopping complexes which you can
visit as well. They are the Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade. Do consider to stay over in any
of the hotels in Malacca. There are some hotels around the area which includes the Renaissance
Hotel which is just beside Dataran Pahlawan and also budget hotels in the Melaka Raya area.
There really isn't much choice when it comes to transportation in Malacca. You can either
drive here or take a cab. This place is a well-known place, so it should not be hard to find.
It is impossible to miss a massive red building.