April 11, 2007

Christ Church and Stadhuys, Melaka

Christ Church

Stadthuys is the oldest and largest building surviving in Southeast Asia from the early Dutch colonial era

Cooling water fountain

Stadthuys is the oldest and largest building surviving in Southeast Asia from the early Dutch colonial era. Covering 49,200 square feet (including annexes), the building practically forms its own streetscape. Groundbreaking for the central portion of the building began in 1641, the same year that the Dutch wrested control of Melaka from the Portugese, who had ruled since 1511. Work on the building continued for nearly twenty years with laborers probably drawn mostly from the Portugese population. The building served as the civic center of the town, housing the Dutch governor and his numerous aides.


Clock tower

Beca driver mending his trishaw

Flowery Beca or Trishaw and the driver

Stadthuys remained the center of Dutch Administration until 1824, when the British took control of the town. The subsequent British governors continued to favor Stadthuys as a civic center. As late as 1979, the Malaysian government used the building as the State Governing Center. Since then, the building has been converted into the Ethnography Museum. Although the interior is now filled with museum exhibits, it is still possible to view much of the interior with its thick masonry walls and heavy wooden beams.

Unique design

A hot and bright day

satellite Location Map : Link

Getting there
Melaka is easily accessible by road. From Kuala Lumpur, you can take express buses to Melaka at Puduraya Bus Station. The two and half hour journey will cost you around RM7.90. This museum is situated at the Dutch Square in the heart of Melaka City where you can use either taxi (RM6), trishaw (RM20 per hour, RM6 for any one way trip) or town bus (No 17) to take you there from the bus stand.

Admission Fee:
RM 2.00

Opening Hours:
9.00am to 6.00pm (Sat-Thu)
9.00am to 12.15pm & 2.45pm to 6.00pm (Fri)

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NickTay said...

awesome shots dude!

Lee Ai Ling said...

The pictures are very sharp!