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Malacca Sultanate Palace, Melaka

Stepping into the lives of the Ancient Melaka Sultan

A beautiful replica of the original Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace. It is build the traditional way, without any nails. According to historical records, the original was destroyed a year after the sultan ascended the throne by lightning.
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The outside the building is overwhelming. The garden areas are well taken care off.

At the entrance, you will find a miniature replica of the palace.

Inside it depicts some Melaka history and palace life. The three-storey museum is divided into eight chambers where you can see a variety of weaponry, decorative arts, traditional costumes, brassware, jewellery and more. Plus there are three galleries depicting famous legends through dioramas.
The first diorama would be the Sultanate chamber meeting. Which what it might have been like in those days.

Then on to the Sultan’s bedchambers

There’s also a diorama depicting the epic battle between two best buddies Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat.

And various different dioramas of different merchants and their wares when traded in Melaka.

My Verdict

It’s good for an educational tour. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering as it’s a Malaysian culture. We do not wear shoes in the house. So don’t wear your espensive shoes. As you will have to leave it outside. It’s not wheelchair friendly, due its many staircase. The museum opens from 9am till 5pm. Entrance fee for citizen of Malaysia RM3.00 adults and RM2.00 Child. For non citizen RM5.00 for adults and children RM2.00. The entrance fee is very nominal for the information you will receive.

Address :- Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka

Contact No;- 06-282 6526

Open Hours :- 9.00am till 5.00pm (Closed on Mondays)

Entrance Fee :- Malaysian Citizen RM3.00 (Adults) and RM2.00 (Child)

Non Malaysian RM5.00 (Adults) and RM2.00 (Child)

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Then after that on to the St. Paul Hill

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Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Learning about our Fight for Independence

This time around for our trip to Melaka, I wanted to show my sons the historical side of Melaka. That was one of the reason, we chose the Imperial Heritage. It’s walking distance to this places. We started at my old school. The St. Francis Institution, one of the oldest school in Malaysia. Show my kids where my class was located and where we assembled. Later we took a walk to the Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan or Proclamation of Independence Memorial.Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, we earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was a Dutch Colonial Mansion. It used to be the Malacca Club, a clubhouse for the British Expatriate when the British ruled Malaysia. It was later converted into the Memorial depicting the Malaysian road to Independence.

There are lots of artifact from the early Malaysia Sultanate till to date. You will see the progress of Malaysia leading to its Independence.
The first display you will see is a diorama of Proclamation of Independence at the Melaka Field. The scene where our first Prime Minister stood on an open car to the then Melaka Field, where the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is located now.

Then you walk through different section of the different era in Malaysia from the Portuguese Colonization, Japanese Occupation till the present day. Towards the end of the museum there are pictures of past Prime Ministers and their achievements.

My Verdict
The Memorial is worth a visit especially if you have school going kids. They can immerse in the various displays and artifacts which is divided into different section. A great cool educational way to get out of the sun. As it’s air conditioned. And the entrance is free. As most of the artifacts is of historical significance, younger kids will be very bored. Like my secone son.

Address :- Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jalan Parameswara, Melaka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca

After the Memorial we went to the Melaka Sultanate Palace.

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My Hotel Review Imperial Hotel Melaka

Chose this place due to its location. The location was very strategic as it was in the middle of town. We have atayed in Hatten Melaka before. Which was nice. But chose this place for the reason that it had a family room. So my kids could sleep comfortably and the room was bigger.
The Heritage Melaka is located in between the Equatorial Hotel and the Hatten Hotel. Its just across the road to Dataran Pahlawan and other historical places. So food will not be an issue. Only issue I found here is the parking. Its quite small. I suppose there is not enough parking cause cars are parked on the ramp. Which makes it hard to drive up or down. Especially of you are driving a big car.
Our room was on the 6th floor. Lifts are small and always full. On occasions we had to use the staircase down. Its was quite difficult with kids in the tow.
Room was clean but showing signs of neglect. The television also had limited channels and our television was not very clear. Another signs of aging.

 

Breakfast was served at the 3rd from 7.00am till 10.00am. I feel its too early to close especially as most people like to wake up late for the holidays. Food is ok. Nothing spectacular.

 
My Verdict
This hotel has a great location but the management need to look into details to make the stay better. Alot of itema in room was not working. Noticed that they were doing some sort of renovation on the 3rd floor. So I suppose they are trying to improve this place. Hope for the better.
 

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Crowded But Interesting – Jonker Walk Night Market

When you are in Melaka, one of the places to visit is the Jonker Street. It is the Chinatown of Melaka. Its where many old buildings are located.You will find numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, Nyonya Museums and also little Quaint Boutique Hotel. Be sure to walk the along streets including “Harmony Street” that has religious shrines or temples of many different faiths. This is what Melaka is all about. You will find a Chinese Temple just walking distance from a Muslim Mosque and an Indian Temple. And across the river there’s a Church. All living in harmony with each other.
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Weekends (Friday nights & Saturday nights), there will be Jonker Night Market. Jonker Night Market is more of a Chinese Night Market. Reason being Jonker Street is the Chinatown of Melaka. There was a lot of different Chinese food stuff. We chose to go there to see some traditional Melaka activities. I wanted to show my kids those things I experienced when I was a kid. But there were nothing much only food stuff and two stalls selling decorated wooden clogs. Maybe because we were there early. We were there at 6pm. But we left early cause it was getting too congested and hot.

I was actually looking for the Tic Tok Sweet Man as the video above. To show my kids but he was not there that day.

My Verdicts

It got really crowded later in the evening. So its really not advisable to visit with young kids. It got really crowded and hot. If you are using a stroller, its not advisable to come here. Cause you will be avoiding the scores of people walking. That’s why we left early.
For Muslims like us its quite hard to find halal food. But its a great experience when you are in Melaka.

Do try the Fatimah Coconut product at the just across the bridge from The Stadhuys. Its unique how they remove the flesh from the coconut shell.

But all in all it was an interesting walk.

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Melaka River Cruise- A Revisit

Night Cruise on the Melaka River

This time around we went for a Night River Cruise. We started about 7.30pm and cruise along the river as the sun went down. Even at night the cruise was interesting. The cruise took you along brightly lit buildings and under colourful lit bridges.

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Kampung Morten at Night

Verdict:-

Fun and enjoyable ride. It was nice to see little cafes by the riverbank. Felt like you were somewhere else. Only thing this time we couldn’t hear the explanation. But it was OK for a Malacca Boy.

Cruise Time :- 9am till 11.30pm

Website :- Melaka River Cruise

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