A 4-hour Tour of Malacca the Historical City
While my trip to Malacca was mainly to experience the new Firefly flight from Subang (click here for my review on the flight), the 4 hours of layover before my flight back to Subang allows me to do some quick sightseeing. Instead of just waiting at the airport, I braved Malacca’s traffic to get to Jonker Walk and Bandar Hilir area to check out some of Malacca’s most famous tourist attractions.
The taxi driver who drove me from the airport dropped me at the Dutch Square, right in the centre of the tourist attractions, in front of the famous Christ Church. This unique red-color church was completed in 1753 and follows an extremely simple design of a typical church with Dutch architecture.
Also at the Dutch Square is theTan Beng Swee Clock Tower, a clock tower built by the third generation of a Chinese philanthropic millionaire family.
Queen Victoria Fountain - built in 1901 by the British to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
From Jalan Gereja, many of other tourist attractions are within walking distance.
Malacca River – now famous for its river cruise. Hats off to the Malacca authorities who successfully transformed the river into a tourist attractions. Something that other states can learn from?
My initial plan was to go by foot around the area, that’s the best way to explore every single site in and out.
But I cannot resist the temptation of wanting to take an easy ride on one of the trishaws! Haha
At least I have a personal tour guide explaining the background of the tourist attractions…
…and someone that can snap photos of me! This is me standing in front of a model of an old ship that was used hundreds of years ago. Melaka was an important trading port due to its location on the Straits.
Menara Taming Sari, a 110m tall tower that provides visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of Malacca.
A pleasant surprise when out of nowhere my eyes caught this lovely old plane! A Twin Pioneer Mk.1 “Lang Rajawali” (FM1064 c/n:583) on display at the Melaka Transport Museum!
Not only that I got to fly on an empty flight from Subang to Melaka on that day, I also got to see one of the earliest plane of RMAF that flown Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman! An interesting ‘aviation day’ for me
My personal tour guide also showed me a pokok Melaka and buah Melaka right in front of the plane. I swear I would never notice the tree without the help of a tour guide.
Next stop, Porta de Santiago or better known as the A Famosa – a Portuguese fortress built in 1511! The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.
Last time I visited this ‘icon’ of Malacca was when I was 12 years old. Somehow I think the A Famosa was much bigger, or maybe I was small at that time! Haha
The Fort Terrace is a good place to spend some time admiring the surrounding sights.
BE52- the car which carried Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman for the proclamation of independence from the British rule at 1957. This car is kept at good condition until today.
Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat Armoured Vehicles
Next stop, Jonker walk – the perfect place for street photoshoot!
Makam Hang Jebat
Tukang Tong??? Unique for a town boy like me! Hehe
Masjid Kampung Kling
One of the Chinese temples.
A malay house in Kg Ketek
Bound Feet Shoes!
Way back during the Ming dynasty, only the women of high breeding had bound feet. It was a beauty that few women could boast of. In Malacca you can still find shoemakers making this kind of unique shoes. Source: http://www.cityturtle.com/Bound_Feet_Shoes.html
Malacca especially Jonker Walk is famous for its Pineapple tart.
Taking the recommendations from my guide, we stopped at this shop for a dose of Melaka Cendol Durian which is another signature dish of Jonker Walk.
On the way back, I saw this long queue of people waiting to try the Chicken Rice Ball. It’s non-halal so obviously I did not join the queue.
One last stop, the museum.
One last photo, thank you abang beca!
Malacca is a great place not only for foreigners but also Malaysians. I managed to only visit a small portion of the city within my 4 hours trip but I’ll definitely return for more. Afterall It’s only 2 hours drive or a 25-minutes flight from Subang. Firefly Airlines / Melaka Air flies twice weekly (Monday & Frieday) between Subang-Melaka and Medan-Melaka. Check out my review on the flight here.
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