Castlewood

Melaka Attractions

Merang Taming Sari

Unique to Melaka is this 110 meter high revolving tower, the only one in Malaysia. It is named after the famous keris, a magical weapon of the legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah. People say the tower reminds one of a dagger. It takes seven minutes for the journey up the tower and you will be treated to marvelous views of Melaka.

 


 

The Royal Press

This is a living letterpress museum located in Jonker Street where it began operating commercially from 1938. On display is a range of letterpress machines and printed artifacts. There is also an extensive letter block library with over 150,000 blocks in four writing systems. Not many cities offer a unique attraction like the Royal Press Melaka.

 


 

Melaka Maritime Museum

The visitor will be unlikely to miss this full-size replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship which was lost off the coast as it was taking plundered items back to Portugal. This is actually the home of the Melaka Maritime Museum. Inside you will find model of various vessels, artifacts and historic documents. Examples of the porcelain, silk, textiles and spices are on display to remind you how this port, called the Venice of the East, established important trading links.

It only costs RM5 to visit this replica ship; good value like most of the attractions in Melaka.

 


 

River Cruise

We highly recommend the river cruise. The river was cleaned up a few years back and you can begin to see tourist development along the banks. The boats take you further upstream where you can catch a glimpse of one of the oldest kampong villages in Melaka, still a vibrant community. You can also look up and see the ill-fated monorail system on which the trains apparently got stuck at the opening and have never moved since. The boats ply up and down through the day and in the evening. It’s worth experiencing both times of day.  Incidentally, the river is now only one third of its original size.

 


 

Jonker Street

An attraction that is almost world famous. Visit on the weekends in the evening when traffic is banned and the whole area comes alive with stalls. Here’s the place to pick up souvenirs, off-beat gifts and local snacks. Friday and Saturday nights only from 6pm. The established shops are there all week but are closed in the evenings, Monday to Friday.  Alas the antique shops that once made this street famous have almost all gone.

 


 

Chen Ho’s Cultural Museum

This museum chronicles the life of the famous Ming Dynasty explorer, Admiral Chen Ho (Zheng He). He made seven voyages to Asia and five of these brought him to Melaka. Ho carried the Emperor’s daughter Princess Li Po to the port to marry the Sultan of Malacca. Her entourage, in turn, eventually married local Malaccans creating the Baba Nonya culture.

 


 

History Museum & Ethnographical Museum

This museum is housed inside the Stadthuys building. The exhibits show the history of Melaka from its establishment in 1400 right up to independence in 1957. The Ethnographical section of the museum portrays the lifestyle and culture of the various communities that lived in Melaka.

 


 

Stadthuys

This terracotta red building is close to the river and is the earliest existing Dutch building in the East. It was built between 1640 and 1660 on the ruins of an earlier Portuguese fort. Stadthuys was originally the official residence of the Dutch Governor and officers and subsequently used by other foreign governing officials.  It is a good example of Dutch colonial architecture with its thick walls, louvered windows and sturdy doors held with ironwork.

 


 

St Paul’s Church

Built on the site of the last Melaka sultan’s palace, it was constructed by a Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for saving his life in a storm.  Sited on top of a hill, the breeze brought welcome relief to the parishioners.

 


 

Christ Church

Nearby to the A’Formosa Fort, is Christ Church, outstanding with its traditional brick red finish, matching many of the buildings in this historic quarter of Melaka.   It was built in 1753 to mark a century of Dutch occupation and you will find inside 200 year-old hand-made pews. Sit peacefully on one of these within this historic church and be reminded of the generations of Malaysians and foreigners who have passed beneath its iconic bell tower.

 


 

A’Formosa Fort

History abounds in this UNESCO Heritage city which has been colonialized in the past by the Portuguese, Dutch and English and has enjoyed centuries of trade with China.  Most of the places of interest are clustered around the same area which is great for the over-warm and weary visitor. Built in 1511 by the Portuguese, little now remains but one gateway of this extensive fort. However, it remains a “must visit’ for the tourist.

 


 

Worlds Bee Museum

It seems to be very popular, attracting 50,000 visitors a month. It is sponsored by the attached Bee Farm so admission is free. The is a wide variety of bee, their hive as well as hornet nests on display. You can learn a lot about these fascinating insects from a visit. You will learn about bee keeping, habitat, and the traditional tools used when gathering honey. In the shop, you can buy honey products and try the fresh honey juice.

 


 

Melaka Wonderland Theme Park

A large water park that will thrill the younger members of the family. There are 16 different rides from which to choose. Wear the little monsters out in the fun-filled water park during the day and parents can look forward to a quiet, romantic evening together.

 


 

Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

Here you will find replicas of homes and furniture found all around the region. There are furnishings and arts from different cultures.

 


 

Aborigine or Orang Asli Museum

The indigenous people of Malaya were given the name ‘Orang Asli’ ( orang meaning people and asli from the arab word for original) in the 1950s. The tribes lived deep in the forests and had a rich and unique culture. While the numbers have dwindled, there are still some Orang Asli living the same lifestyle today as they did hundreds or perhaps thousands of years ago. The Museum has on display tools and artifacts alongside musical instruments they once played. The Museum itself reflects the building style of these ancient people.

 


 

Melaka Crocodile Farm

This is the largest crocodile farm in Malaysia, home to over 100 species. It’s located just 10 minutes from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza.  Don’t worry if crocodiles only appeal when on a handbag, there are 5 other different attractions: Malaysia in Miniature, Aviary Bird Park, Reptile House, Mamalia House and the Water Recreation Park.

 


 

Botanical Gardens

The extensive Botanical gardens are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Here is a chance to see a wide range of local trees and plants and also many varieties from around the world.  Inside the gardens is the Book Village where you can peacefully read one of the 15,000 books in the library, surrounded by lush green forest.

 


 

Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary

Butterflies are becoming a rare sight in our urban environments, so here is the chance to see these delicate and beautiful creatures. The kids may be more enthusiastic about the snakes, lizards and crocodiles.

 


 

The Melaka Zoo

You probably will have passed this attraction on your way to Castlewood. It is the second largest zoo in Malaysia and covers 54 acres. If you feel the day is too warm to walk around looking at 1,200 animals, then visit the Night Safari when the temperatures are lower.  Like many of the attractions in Melaka, the ticket prices are inexpensive.