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Stadthuys information

Melaka City , Malaysia
Town Sq
+60 6 6 282 6526
admission adult/child RM5/2
Opening hours
9am-5.30pm Sat-Thu, 9am-12.15pm & 2.45-5.30pm Fri
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Melaka's most unmistakable landmark and favourite trishaw pick-up spot is the Stadthuys, the imposing salmon-pink town hall and governor's residence. It's believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East, built shortly after Melaka was captured by the Dutch in 1641, and is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town of Hoorn in the Netherlands.

Housed inside the Stadthuys is the nicely presented History & Ethnography Museum and also part of the complex is the mildly interesting Literature Museum , focusing on Malaysian writers. Admission to both museums (as well as the Governor's House and the Democratic Government Museum ) is included in the admission price to Stadthuys.