(9 July, 2005)
(GPS: 2.19429, 102.24869), or Bandar Melaka, is the main city and capital of Malacca State. It is often known nowadays as Melaka Bandaraya Bersejarah or the Historic City of Malacca. Malacca Town is located near the coast of the Straits of Malacca
, approximately at the centre of Malacca State. The city is bisected by the meandering Malacca River, a historical waterway that provided the lifeblood to the early settlement. Today it is a city of close to half a million people (2009 estimation) and covers an area of over 300 square kilometers. It was granted city status in 2003. The mayor or Dato' Bandar of the city is Yusof Jantan.
In Malacca Town today, we are constantly reminded of its glorious past. The tangible heritage sites in Malacca Town are reminders of what the various colonial powers have carved for themselves. Porta de Santiago
, St Paul's Church
, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
, are the handiwork of people who came to Malacca after the fall of the sultanate.
Unfortunately nothing from the Sultanate era remains, and the Palace of the Malacca Sultan that we see today is just a replica based on sketchy documentation. The legacy of the Malays, which is no less significant, if often overlooked. Not that it is of lesser importance, but because between 1511 to 1957, the power in Malacca was in colonial hands. Still, if we view Malacca in the Malaysian context, we will appreciate its role in giving birth to the Malay people that we know today.
Malacca Town developed from the original settlement founded by Parameswara in 1400 AD (or according to historical calculations, 1396 AD). The city is older than the Malay civilization itself. What I mean by that is that, when Malacca was founded, the very word for "Malay" has not even existed. The Malays themselves in the late 14th century were not as we know them today; the majority were animist. If they were to practise any religion, it was more likely Hinduism mixed with local pagan adherences. However, Islam had already made inroads in the Malay peninsula as well as in neighbouring Sumatra and Java. Also, the religion had spread via land routes to China long before it arrived in Malacca.
Until Parameswara arrived in Malacca, there were only pockets of minor rulers along the peninsula, in places such as Temasek and Kedah, but none approaching the magnitude of neighbouring states such as Majapahit in Java, Srivijaya in Sumatra, Ayutthaya
in Siam or Angkor
in Khmer. The lifespan of the Malacca Sultanate is also comparatively brief, lasting a mere 111 years, from 1400 to 1511, when the Portuguese put an end to it. Nevertheless Parameswara's dynasty continued after the fall of Malacca in the form of the Johor Empire and the Sultanate of Perak.
The Malacca dynasty in Johor ended in the murder of Sultan Mahmud Shah II in 1699, after which the throne went to the Bendahara's line until 1877, when it went to the Temenggong's line, which is still the present dynasty. I describe more about it in the History of Johor
and Kota Tinggi
. In Perak, the dynasty founded by Sultan Muzaffar Shah, the son of Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca, is still ruling the state, making it one of the oldest hereditary seats, and the second oldest sultanate after Kedah.
Where to stay when in Malacca
As a custom, I suggest only hotels that I have personally stayed before and have experienced its hospitality. In Malacca, that would be The Majestic Malacca
Add your business/shop to my site
How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.
If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME
If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.
Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?
Book your bus ticket online right here.
It is easy, safe and fast!.
Book your hotel room here
If you're traveling somewhere soon, book your hotel room online with Agoda. Agoda offers the best prices on 2,000,000+ properties worldwide. Click here
to find the room you want.
Looking for a book? Get it from Book Depository with free delivery worldwide!
I have just discovered Book Depository
, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and I love it. This is where you can buy books and have them sent to you. But unlike Amazon, when you purchase using Book Depository, you enjoy free delivery worldwide. Give it a try today!
Hire a car
| Our Recipes
| Facebook Posts
| Just Curious
| Not In The Dictionary
| Our Flowering Garden
My YouTube Videos
Check out my YouTube Channel
and don't forget to subscribe!
About Timothy Tye
Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye
. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook
As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News
to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form
. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook
Malaysia Travel Tips!
My Malaysia Travel Tips
has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Cameron Highlands
, Kota Kinabalu
, Alor Setar
, Petaling Jaya
, Kota Bharu
, Kuala Terengganu
) and hundreds of smaller towns.
Singapore Travel Tips!
In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips
for browse through the pages there.
This website is hosted on Bluehost
, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.
Copyright © 2003-2018 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.