The Stadthuys

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  • Address: Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +60-62841934
  • Ticket Price: 5 MYR
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Square, Family And Kids

The Stadthuys, also known as the Red Square, is a historical structure situated in the heart of Melaka/Malacca Town, the administrative capital of the state of Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia. It was built by the Dutch occupants in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor.

When Melaka/Malacca was handed over to the British in the 19th century, the Melaka/Malacca Free School was opened in the vicinity of the Stadthuys on 7 December 1826, by missionaries residing in the state, in response to a letter dated 19 April 1825, signed by a J. Humprey, J. W. Overee and A. W. Baumgarten, which called for an English institutional education to be built in Melaka/Malacca.

The school which the British provided free education to residents was eventually renamed Melaka/Malacca High School in 1871 upon a takeover by the British government, and moved out to its present site at Chan Koon Cheng Road in 1931.

Situated at Laksamana Road, beside the Christ Church, the supposed oldest remaining Dutch historical building in the Orient is now the home of a Museum of History and Ethnography. Among the displays in the museum are traditional costumes and artifacts throughout the history of Melaka/Malacca, which makes it Melaka/Malacca's premier museum.

Just behind the Stadthuys is the Museum of Literature where historical accounts and local legends are detailed in maps, prints and photographs. One admission ticket allows visitors entrance to both exhibits.

  • A combined ticket for museum of history and museum of literature is available.The ticket for children is RM 2.
  • Stadthuys Melaka entrance fees:
  • Adults: 5 RM
  • Children: 2 RM

  •  Guided tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

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  • The Stadthuys Address: Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
  • The Stadthuys Contact Number: +60-62841934
  • The Stadthuys Timing: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • The Stadthuys Price: 5 MYR
  • Best time to visit The Stadthuys(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Stadthuys: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Melaka include The Stadthuys in their plan

  • 53.9% of people start their The Stadthuys visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Stadthuys

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

54.25% of people prefer walking in order to reach The Stadthuys

People normally club together Cheng Hoon Teng and Kampong Kling Mosque while planning their visit to The Stadthuys.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Very nice historical place to visit. Great historical complex with unique structures and color. Very well maintained and nice environment. There is a stall on the walkway /roadside selling a local and traditional products for souvenir.

  • a historical structure situated in the heart of malacca, the administrative capital of the state of malacca. This a place known as the Red Square. The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor.

  • Climb up the relatively short flight of stairs to take in the city view. Certainly not the best but considering the climb is less than 2 minutes, you might as well do it. Due to the orientation of the city hall (it's facing North where all the action is) you can almost never escape the glare of the sun. So perhaps go up earlier in the morning then the sun is less hostile.

  • A huge complex built by the dutch in melaka. There are multiple museums in this complex covering the history of Malay, Dutch, Portuguese, British, Japanese rule in melaka

  • Very beautiful red-coloured buildings from the Portuguese colonial. Suggested to visit at night also for the scenery of LED-decorated trishaws.

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