Tour of Melaka's Central District (Self Guided), Melaka

Melaka is the capital city of Malaysia, its historical hub and center of tourism. Melaka has variety of interesting sights and landmarks, which reflect the long history of the city. Many of these attractions are located in the Stadthuys, or central, area of the city. Take this tour to visit the most interesting sights in Melaka!
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Tour of Melaka's Central District Map

Guide Name: Tour of Melaka's Central District
Guide Location: Malaysia » Melaka (See other walking tours in Melaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Melaka Water Wheel
  • Middelburg Bastion
  • Mouse Deer Sculpture
  • Red Clock Tower
  • Windmill Replica
  • Bridge Monument
  • Queen Victoria's Fountain
  • Malaysian Youth Museum
  • Christ Church
Melaka Water Wheel

1) Melaka Water Wheel (must see)

The Melaka Water Wheel is located beside the Melaka River near the tourist information center. Although it is just a replica and no longer functions, the wheel serves as a reminder of the city’s wealthy past, when it was used to fuel Melaka’s booming port trade.
Middelburg Bastion

2) Middelburg Bastion

Located in the heart of the city, the Middelburg Bastion is a historic landmark built by the Dutch in the 1660s. It provided additional security for the city’s fort, the local port and the Malacca River. Here you can also see rifles, cannons and a white turret, which served as a lookout point.
Mouse Deer Sculpture

3) Mouse Deer Sculpture

The Mouse Deer Sculpture is a prominent attraction located at the center of the city. It is a beautiful sculpture of a kancil, or mouse deer. The mouse deer is described in Malay legend as a courageous animal and is well respected by locals.
Red Clock Tower

4) Red Clock Tower

Melaka's prominent Red Clock Tower is probably one of the city's most famous sights. It is located on Dutch Square in Melaka's Stadhuys, or central, district. It was built during the English colonial period. The clock tower was painted red so it would blend with its surroundings on Dutch Square.
Windmill Replica

5) Windmill Replica

The Windmill Replica is located on Dutch Square and serves as a reminder that the Dutch once occupied the city. It is near to other popular attractions, and the beautiful windmill is definitely worth a visit.
Bridge Monument

6) Bridge Monument

The Bridge Monument is located in the historical district of Melaka behind the Windmill Replica. It depicts the history of the Tan Kim Seng Bridge, which was built during British colonial rule. It was destroyed during the Japanese occupation but was rebuilt after World War II.
Queen Victoria's Fountain

7) Queen Victoria's Fountain (must see)

Queen Victoria's Fountain is a prominent city landmark and is one of the few existing structures left in Melaka from the period of British colonization. This beautiful fountain was created in 1901 as a monument to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
Malaysian Youth Museum

8) Malaysian Youth Museum

The Malaysian Youth Museum is housed in the former General Post Office of Melaka. The museum is devoted to the youth of the country and displays a variety of documents, photos and other items related to the local and global activities of Malaysian youth associations.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5:30 pm
Christ Church

9) Christ Church (must see)

Christ Church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. In 1741 the Dutch burgher community decided to build a new church to replace the aging Bovenkerk. The foundation stone was laid by the Malacca born Captain of the Malacca Burghers, Abraham de Wind. The church was completed 12 years later in 1753 and replaced the Bovenkerk as the primary Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Malacca.

With the signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, possession of Malacca was transferred to the British East India Company and in 1838, the church was re-consecrated with the rites of the Church of England by the Rt. Rev. Daniel Wilson, the Anglican Bishop of Calcutta and renamed Christ Church. The maintenance of the church was taken over by the Government of the Straits Settlements in 1858.

Originally painted white, the church and the neighboring Stadthuys building was painted red in 1911 and this distinctive color scheme has remained the hallmark of Malacca's Dutch-era buildings since.

The church is built in Dutch Colonial architecture style and is laid out in a simple rectangle of 82 feet by 42 feet. The ceiling rises to 40 feet and is spanned by wooden beams, each carved from a single tree. The original Dutch windows were reduced and ornamented after the British takeover of Malacca and the porch and vestry were built only in the mid-19th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Melaka, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in Melaka

Create Your Own Walk in Melaka

Creating your own self-guided walk in Melaka is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Melaka's Historical District Tour

Melaka's Historical District Tour

Melaka is the historical center of Malaysia and has many old buildings, ancient tombs and fascinating ruins. The history of the city speaks through its landmarks. Take this tour to visit the most popular and noteworthy landmarks in Melaka and to learn more about the city's fascinating history!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Old Melaka Tour

Old Melaka Tour

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!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Melaka Introduction Walking Tour

Melaka Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
East Melaka Tour

East Melaka Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Tour of Northern Melaka

Tour of Northern Melaka

Melaka’s northern district is an interesting area where you will find numerous attractions and landmarks. Here you will find historic religious buildings, a Chinese cemetery, a memorial for Civilian Chinese Victims of WWII, the ruins of Rosary Chapel, and Melaka River Pirate Park. Take this tour to visit these fascinating sites in northern Melaka!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Museums Tour of Melaka

Museums Tour of Melaka

If you like to visit museums, then Melaka is the place for you! This cultural center of Malaysia is home to a great variety of museums, many of which are located in the city center. You can choose to learn more about stamps, ethnography, architecture, the Malacca Sultanate, or the storied history of the city. Check out the most interesting museums in Melaka on this tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles