In 2008, Malacca was listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, thanks to its historic beauty and how well preserved the colonial buildings are.
The Declaration of Malacca as a Historical City on Sunday, April 15th is recognising the 500 years of cultural and trading exchanges between the East and the West that took place in the Straits of Malacca.
Now that the school holidays have rolled around, we deserve a break too. Take some time off or find a good weekend to visit Malacca and experience all that it has to offer. Make it a day trip if time doesn't permit an entire weekend.
Here’s a list of 10 fun and cheap(ish) things to do in Malacca:
2. Visit breathtaking historical places for free
After breakfast, head on down to the historical places around town where you can visit for free. Don’t miss these amazing tourist attractions:
- Christ Church Malacca – Explore the church located on Church Street or take part in the service which is conducted in English and Chinese.
- The Red Square – Revel in the Dutch-inspired buildings in bright red.
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – Located in Jonker Street, the temple is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
- Paul’s Church Malacca – Explore the ruins of an ancient church built in 1521.
- A’Famosa Fort – Explore the Portuguese fort built in 1511 (there’s a small RM2 admission fee)
All of the places mentioned are within walking distance to one another, so you can explore each attraction conveniently on foot.