Malacca audio tour: Essential Melaka: A Guide to the City’s UNESCO Heritage Centre

Essential Melaka: A Guide to the City’s UNESCO Heritage Centre

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Explore the cradle of modern Malaysia on a walking tour around Melaka, hearing tales of sultans, spices and empires at a crossroad.

We’ll trace the history of the area, from the Portuguese colonial days in the 1400s, driven by gold, glory and God, through the Dutch business empire, all the way to today’s Melaka, a city with UNESCO world heritage status. During the course of our walk, we’ll meet the Malay sultans and Portuguese viceroys that shaped its history. We’ll also take in the fragrant aromas that linger from the spice trade, and learn why Melaka was such an important piece on the global trading chessboard.

I’ll guide you to some of the key landmarks that remain from the Portuguese, Dutch and English occupations, including Porta de Santiago, St Paul’s Church, and the Stadhuys. You’ll find out the connection between the Melakan legend of the Indian Gooseberry, the Mousedeer and the naming of the city. We will also learn how the Dutch and Portuguese influenced the Malay language. I’ll also shed light on what it was like growing up in Melaka in the 1990s.

Let’s dive into this spicy melting pot of a city and get a taste of its diverse history. Allow at least 45 minutes to get the most out of the tour.

Tour Producer


Melissa Lua

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Major Landmarks

  • Independence Museum

  • Porta de Santiago

  • Malacca Sultanate palace replica

  • St. Paul's Church ruins

  • Dutch Square/Red Square

  • Christ Church

  • Stadhuys

  • Dutch cemetery

  • St. Francis Xavier Church

  • Bastion Victoria

  • Melaka River

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in front of the street facing Starbucks next to the main entrance of Dataran Pahlawan Mall.

If your hotel is not within walking distance, you may opt to be dropped off by taxi at the main entrance of Dataran Pahlawan Mall. The main entrance is flanked by two stone elephants.

If staying at Hatten hotel, just cross the street and turn left towards Starbucks.

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Places to stop along the way

Feel free to stop at any of the spots we pass along the route.

Best time of day

Best start early in the morning (8/9am) or late in the evening (4/5pm) as the midday sun can be rather taxing. If interested in visiting any museum along the way, operating hours are from 10am to 5pm


Routes involves stairs to get to the church ruins of St. Paul's atop a small hill. An umbrella is recommended to protect listerners from sun or rain as there is very little shelter along the route. Washroom are also not available atop the hill.


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Essential Melaka: A Guide to the City’s UNESCO Heritage Centre