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The Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca – Preservation of the Malay Traditional Architecture

The Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca (Jalan Kota, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia) is found at the foot of St Paul’s Hill. It is a replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s palace who ruled Malacca from 1456 to 1477. The original building was destroyed by lightning. The palace was constructed in 1985 base on accounts and writings of the ancient Sejarah Melayu.

Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca

Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca

The replica is a seven tier building supported by wooden pillars and typical Malay influenced zinc roof. The building serves to preserve the architectural style of Melaka Sultanate Palace as well as the historical heritage of the Malay race. Come and admire the wooden craftsmanship where the whole building is built without using nails. Many handcrafts wooden decorations are also found in the building giving a royal look as well as providing a Malay and Islamic influence to the building.

Today the building is a museum, commonly known as the Muzium Kebudayaan in Malay. The museum showcases the history of the Malaccan Sultanate through thousands of artefacts, prints, photos and paintings. You will find exhibits depicting the daily lives of the Sultans of Malacca. There are eight different exhibition rooms where you can find traditional weapons, arts, costumes and jewellery on display.

Malaka Sultanate Palace

Malaka Sultanate Palace

Opening Hours of The Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca

The Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. A small entrance fee of RM2.00 per adult and RM0.50 per child is required for the maintenance of the building and museum. Take a look at the video below for a preview of what to expect!

Love the Melaka Sultanate Palace, Malacca? We found four other museums that provide an interesting and enriching experience. Take a look at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, the Proclamation of Independence Memorial and the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum to find more about each place!

Photos credit: Visit Malaysia