Old Melaka Tour (Self Guided), Melaka

Melaka's historic district is a wonderful area where you can find two mausoleums of great Malay warriors, several outstanding temples, the Chinese Opera Theater, traditional Malay houses and excellent shops. This part of the city embraces its rich history and welcomes all visitors. Take this tour to see the most interesting attractions in Old Melaka!
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Old Melaka Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Melaka Tour
Guide Location: Malaysia » Melaka (See other walking tours in Melaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hang Jebat's Mausoleum
  • Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
  • Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
  • Kampong Kling Mosque
  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
  • Traditional Chinese Opera Theatre
  • Kampung Keteh
  • Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum
Hang Jebat's Mausoleum

1) Hang Jebat's Mausoleum

Located on Jalan Kampung Kuli Street, Hang Jebat's Mausoleum houses the remains of Hang Jebat, a Malay warrior and one of the five great soldiers from the time of the Malacca Sultanate. This tomb was built in the Achinese style and dates back to approximately the 14th century.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

2) Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia. It is located on Jalan Tokong, or Temple Street, near the Kampung Kling Mosque. This beautiful temple was built in the 1780s by the Hindu community of Melaka and is dedicated to Vinayagar, or Ganesh, the elephant goddess.
Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)

3) Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street) (must see)

Jonker Street is also known as Jonker Walk or Jalan Hang Jebat (in the Malay language). It is a pleasant street in Chinatown, which is home to a vast array of stores. Here you will find unique antique items, wood-carved statues, household products, clothing, accessories and souvenirs.
Kampong Kling Mosque

4) Kampong Kling Mosque (must see)

Kampung Kling Mosque, or Masjid Kampung Kling, is an old mosque situated at Jalan Tukang Emas. The original structure built by Indian Muslim traders in 1748 was a wooden building and in 1872, it was rebuilt in brick.

The architectural design of the mosque is a cross between Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu, and the Melaka Malay. The minaret, ablution pool and entrance arch were built at the same time with the main building. The mosque also has a blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings, and Moorish cast iron lamp-posts in the place of ablution for pre-prayer cleansing. The Department of Museums and Antiquities completed conservation works on the mosque in the 1990's.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

5) Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (must see)

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, or "Temple of Green Cloud", is a Taoist temple situated close to Jalan Tukang Emas, and is the oldest functioning one in Malaysia. Featuring a magnificent main gate along Jalan Tokong, the Cheng Hoon Teng temple consists of a complex of several prayer halls, with a large main prayer hall dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin. One of the features of Cheng Hoon Teng temple is the seven-metre red flag-pole facing the left wing of the main prayer hall, which houses the remains of two of the three Kapitans who contributed to the construction of the temple. Across the road is a traditional opera theatre, which forms a part of the Cheng Hoon Teng temple complex.

The building conforms to the principles of feng shui and covers an area of 4,600 m2. Built in 1645 by Kapitan Lee Wei King with building materials imported from China, Cheng Hoon Teng served as the main place of worship for the local Hoklo (Hokkien) community. The main hall was built by Kapitan Chan Ki Lock in 1704 and was rebuilt in 1801 by Kapitan China Chua Su Cheong, who contributed to the aesthetic structural additions of the building. In 1962, then abbot Seck Kim Seng ordained Houn Jiyu-Kennett, a Zen nun from England and the future founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, at this temple. In 2003, Cheng Hoon Teng was awarded a UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Traditional Chinese Opera Theatre

6) Traditional Chinese Opera Theatre

The traditional Chinese Opera Theater is located just across the street from the prominent Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and forms a part of the Cheng Hoon Teng temple complex. The theater has a nicely constructed performance stage and was restored in the late 1990s.
Kampung Keteh

7) Kampung Keteh

Kampung Keteh is located just beside the Traditional Chinese Opera Theater. It is a small rural community, which consists of seven residential houses, including the residence of the celebrated Malay writer Munshi Abdullah and the mausoleum of Acheh General.
Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum

8) Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum

Located on Jalan Hang Jebat, or Jonker Street, Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum is an old burial ground where you will find the tomb of Hang Kasturi, one of the five great Malay soldiers famous in time of the Malacca Sultanate. Hang Kasturi's Mausoleum dates back to approximately the 15th century or before.

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