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

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!
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Tour of Melaka's Historic District Map

Guide Name: Tour of Melaka's Historic District
Guide Location: Malaysia » Melaka (See other walking tours in Melaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: leticia
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Bastion House

1) Bastion House

Bastion House is located on Jalan Kota next to A Famosa. It is a historical building that was constructed in 1910 by the British company Dunlop. The building was named Bastion House because it is located very close to the bastions of Fortaleza de Malaca, or the Melaka Fort.
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Ruins of Old City Wall

2) Ruins of Old City Wall

The Old City Wall is a popular tourist attraction and prominent landmark. These city walls were built during the Portuguese colonization of the city and were later torn down by the British. Only the ruins of the old wall remain.
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Coronation Park

3) Coronation Park

Coronation Park is located in the very heart of the city near many historical landmarks. The garden was created in 1956 after the proclamation of Malaysia's independence. This beautiful and relaxing recreational area is open to the public. A wide avenue runs through the park where you can enjoy various species of beautiful local flowers and plants.
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Medan Samudera

4) Medan Samudera

If you love local handicrafts, then you must visit Medan Samudera! Located opposite the Maritime Museum, this two-story shop specializes in traditional Melaka handicrafts. Here you can purchase unique gifts for your family and friends back home.
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St. Paul's Church

5) St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church was originally built in 1521. It is located at the summit of St. Paul's Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex. The original structure of the church was a simple chapel built in 1521, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known as the Nossa Senhora da Annunciada (Our Lady of Grace). The chapel was built by a Portuguese fidalgo or nobleman, Duarte Coelho.

The chapel was deeded to the Society of Jesus in 1548 by the Bishop of Goa, João Afonso de Albuquerque, with the title deeds received by St. Francis Xavier. The chapel was then further enlarged in 1556 with the addition of a second floor, and a belfry tower was added in 1590. With the conquest of Malacca by the Dutch in 1641, the church was reconsecrated for Dutch Reformed use as St. Paul's Church also known as the Bovernkerk or High Church. When the British occupied Malacca in 1824, the church was used as a powder magazine and was allowed to deteriorate further.

In 1924, the old Portuguese burial vault in the chancel of the church was partially uncovered. Further excavation was done in 1930 by the president of the newly formed Malacca Historical Society, Major C. E. Bone. In 1952, a statue of St. Francis Xavier was erected in front of the ruins of the church in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his sojourn in Malacca.

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Dutch Graveyard

6) Dutch Graveyard (must see)

Formerly used by the Dutch, this graveyard is home to numerous graves, where thousands of British soldiers and Dutch citizens rest in peace. The Dutch graveyard was supposedly founded around the 17th century. Come to this peaceful place and reflect on times past.
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Malacca Sultanate Palace

7) Malacca Sultanate Palace (must see)

The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a beautiful imitation of the palace that stood during the period of the Melaka Sultanate. Built at the foot of St. Paul's Hill in 1984, this architectural landmark is now home to the Melaka Cultural Museum, which focuses on the history of the region.

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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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Melaka Town, the capital city of Melaka, the third smallest state in Malaysia, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its rich colonial past carefully preserved in the town center architecture. Among the most notable buildings are 16th century Portuguese-built St. Paul’s Church, 18th century Dutch-era Christ Church and the neighboring Stadthuys, the old town hall currently housing...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
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
Tour of Melaka's Central District

Tour of Melaka's Central District

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!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
Tour of East Melaka

Tour of East Melaka

The eastern part of Melaka is home to the beautiful Shree Ambaji Temple, the impressive Hwa Kor San Temple, the historic St. John's Fort, and the fascinating Bird Sanctuary. Take this tour to visit the most interesting and prominent attractions in this part of the city!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Tour of Old Melaka

Tour of Old 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!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Melaka for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Melaka has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Melaka, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.