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 - Review

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.

The Stadthuys Ticket Prices

  • 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

The Stadthuys Opening and Closing Hours

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

How To reach The Stadthuys by Public Transport

  • Trishaw
  • Hired taxi
  • Car

Restaurants Near The Stadthuys

  • Hoe Kee Chicken Rice
  • Bamboo Hut Bistro

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TripHobo Highlights for The Stadthuys

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting The Stadthuys

  • 95% of people who visit Melaka include The Stadthuys in their plan

  • 46.33% 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

59.91% 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

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The Stadthuys, Melaka Reviews

  • 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.

  • Went there and hired a tricycle to see places the tricycle take two places and charged 45RM. the ride is around 20 mins. We can see those places by walking.

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

  • We visited this place on our last day in Malaysia. Worth the trip from KL. Very accessible. A must-vist historical place.

  • A museum from a historical remain, and a great one. I felt very grateful to have guides explaining all the interesting stories of Malaka to me through the exhibits here, forming a very memorable part of my trip to Malaysia, even though my stay in Malaka was less than 7 hours in total. I spent 1.5 hour at Stadthuy, and enjoyed every moment. Though, I have to say the exhibits should possess more precise and story-telling descriptions so that other travellors without guides (and actually it was my luck to have good guides from family friends for this time, I won't hire one on other trips) can also have a glimpse of the interesting stories behind. From the higher floor of the museum, you can look at the Red Square below at a different perspective, and probably you would find that beautiful.

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