Located two hours away from the capital city is Melaka, the place where the nation was born, where the past and present meets. The history of Malaysia is said to have begun here, a great seaport where the Portuguese, Dutch and English once ruled. This once powerful and prosperous trading port is now a delightful historical city.Visit St. Paul’s Hill and A’Famosa Fort for a view of the Straits. Photo stop at the Stadhuys Building and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. Enjoy a local Peranakan lunch followed by a stroll along Jonker’s Street or otherwise known as the “Antique Row”. Also included is the oldest Chinese temple (Cheng Hoon Teng) in Malaysia.
Tour Highlights: St. Paul's Hill (A'Famosa) - The Portuguese colonized Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa. As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, the A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East. Within the fort walls were housing and food stores, a castle, a meeting room for the Portuguese Council and five churches. A seven-month attack by the Dutch just about destroyed the entire fortress, leaving only the entrance facade and the structure of a church at the top of the hill. Stadthuys - Built in 1650 as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers, The Stadthuys is a fine example of Dutch architecture of that period. It is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. An outstanding example of colonial Dutch architecture, this edifice now houses the History Museum and Ethnography Museum.Jonker Walk - Take a stroll along the "Antique Row" locally called Jonker Street, a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artefacts and relics can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple - It is a premier historical monument that has survived the ravages of time. It remains the fines of Chinese temples in Malaysia – a fact underscored by an UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration. The temple ranks among the most significant in Southeast Asia, being central to the spiritual aspirations of the Chinese community in historic Melaka. · Lunch at a Peranakan restaurant (Baba & Nyonya cuisine) - About the renowned Baba & Nyonya cuisine: The 'Straits Chinese', also called the Baba and Nyonya, are Chinese of noble descent who have adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs. This has been a gradual process lasting over 400 years since the great Chinese explorer Admiral Cheng Ho first brought Chinese settlers to Melaka. Over the centuries, the Baba & Nyonya has developed a distinct and highly interesting culture that is unique to Malaysia's west coast, particularly Malacca.Return to Kuala Lumpur in the early evening.