The Stadthuys, Malacca (Jalan Kota, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia) is located at the bottom of St Paul’s Hill. The four storey maroon building stands distinctly as the landmark of Malacca, covering an area of 49,200 square feet. This charming building is built in the 1650s by the Dutch as their Municipal city hall and Governors residence. The building is a replicate of the classic old town halls in Netherlands. The building and surrounding area are also commonly known as the Dutch Square or the Red Square. The building is the oldest Dutch building in the East.
The building is converted into a History and Ethnography Museum in 1982. You will be able to learn about the history of Malacca during the Malacca Sultanate times, the Portuguese rule, the Dutch rule through to the British government. Also, you will also learn about the various communities living in Malacca in the present day. The communities include the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Portuguese, the Baba and Nyonya communities among others. Through the exhibits, pictures and paintings, you will be able to learn about the history of Malacca from the 1400s to 1957, the year Malacca gain independence.
The museum 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. Even if you are not interested in the museum and exhibits, you should still visit this place to explore and be awed by the historical architect of the oldest Dutch building in the East. The Stadthuys, Malacca is the perfect place to soak in the rich history as well as learn the history of Malacca. Take a look at the video below for a preview of The Stadthuys, Malacca.
Love the Stadthuys, Malacca? We found four other historical and heritage sites which reflect the coming together of historical and cultural influences from the Asia with those of Europe across the long span of time. Take a look at the St John’s Fort, the St Paul’s Church, the A’ Famosa Fortress and the Cheng Hoong Teng Temple to find more about each place!
Photos credit: Visit Malaysia