The Dutch influence
With the coming of the Dutch we see their influence in the buildings that came up during their rule – notably Stadthuys, a former home of the Dutch governor now converted into a museum and Christ Church, a glorious example of Dutch architecture and the oldest Protestant church in the region.
They, together with a few other buildings, form the Red Square and are popular tourist destinations. While initially painted white they are now painted red and are a symbol of Dutch influence in Malacca.
The Maritime Museum with its large replica of a ship that sank off the coast of Malacca pays homage to the power of Malacca as a port and is definitely worth a visit.
Since most of old Malacca was constructed out of wood very little remains today. The Malacca River flows through the town and has been a witness to all the changes that the city has gone through over the centuries. Boat rides are available for the benefit of tourists wanting to explore Malacca via this waterway.
Very close to the river lies Jonkers Street, another place very popular with tourists and souvenir hunters, known for its many antique shops and night market.
Foreign influences have left an indelible mark on Malacca and its people and are visible even today in the streets, houses, food and monuments of Malacca.
Christ Church located at the touristy Red Square.
Replica of a ship at the Maritime Museum.