Places of Interest
Melaka is a charming, fascinating city which is rich in its history with an extraordinary blend of many cultures, from across the world. Bestowed as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, Melaka has numerous architectural landmarks inherited from decades of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Chinese.
Melaka began as the Melaka Sultanate with its roots from Sumatera. It became one of the most important trading ports of the region. The Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, Indians, Japanese and Portuguese traders have left their imprints on Melakan culture. This unique mélange of culture from the East and the West produced distinctive communities such as the Peranakan, the Chitty and those of Portuguese descent.
Situated on the south-western coast of the Malay Peninsula, Melaka is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia. It lies 148 km south of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and 245 km north of Singapore and commands a central position on the Straits of Melaka. The state capital, Melaka Town, is strategically located between the two national capitals of Malaysia and Singapore, and connected with excellent roads and highways.