Malacca is a melting pot of history and is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Founded by a Hindu Prince from Sumatra, it was an International Trading Port. The Chinese brought gold, silk, Buddhism and Confucianism. The Siamese, now Thai, people brought Ivory and Buddhism. The Indians brought cloth and Hinduism. The Arabs brought perfumes, pearls and Islam.
Other religion influences include Catholicism from the Portuguese Occupation and Protestantism from the Dutch. The British left us with Independence in 1957.
On this eight hour tour, you will visit temples and churches that have been a part of the culture of the region since its beginning. Upon arrival at Malacca, a visit to the oldest Catholic Church, St. Peter’s, will showcase the Oriental and Iberian architectural designs. The city’s historical museum is situated at Dutch Square. Stadthuys once housed the Dutch governors and officers.
The Christ Church is the oldest Protestant church with Dutch architecture. There are several tombstones of Portuguese Nationals here. The British converted it to an Anglican Church. A good understanding of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism can be learned from a visit to the Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple. It is the oldest temple of its kind and contains Chinese mythological figurines.
A special treat for you will be a walk down Jonker Street. A street of ancient pieces of Malacca’s rich past. Not only will you find buildings from the 18th century, you will also discover Chinese porcelain, Indian brassware, Dutch cupboards, kerosene lamps, brass beds and old coins, just to name a few.
Standing in the city are the remains of a Portuguese fortress, the A Famosa. Damaged by the Dutch and British, the only part still standing is the gateway.
For lunch, try a signature dish in Malacca! After our meal, we hit the beach! Beach activities include parasailing, jet skiing and boating. Or sit back and relax at the shore.
To extend this tour, you may choose to spend the night at the local hotel. The next day will be a free day of leisure to take in all of the local activities before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.