Melaka Raya is a modern township located in the state of Melaka, Malaysia. It is approximately 13 kilometres away from the state capital, Melaka Tengah, being administered under the Historical Melaka City Council. A lot of commercial shops and shopping malls are built here in close proximities to each other. In addition to that, there are historical attractions located in nearby Banda Hilir, Banda Kaba, Semabok and Ujong Pasir areas which are just a stone’s throw away that are definitely worthy of a visit. As a matter of fact, this township’s close distance to the tourist attractions has boosted its livelihood and driving the tourism-centric economy, which contributed to the millions of visitors coming to the state every year.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the North-South Expressway (PLUS) exiting at Ayer Keroh exit before continuing the journey towards Melaka Raya. The journey could take up around two hours depending on the current traffic situation.
The nearest express bus terminal is the Melaka Sentral which is located at Jalan Tun Razak, Plaza Melaka Sentral. Take the trip directly to Melaka Sentral from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Delima Express and Transnasional Express. From here, hop on a local route bus to Melaka Raya.
A Famosa Fort is the fort built by the Portuguese conquerors as soon as they successfully taken over Melaka from the Sultanate of Melaka in 1511. During the time, it was formally known as the Fortaleza de Malaca or the fort of Melaka and took five months to build under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque using ruins from other destroyed buildings. It is located in Banda Hilir, nearby St Paul Church and Melaka Sultanate castle replica. The complete version is said to have four towers or bastion ranging from 2.4 meters to 4.5 meters high. In present, only the main door, Porta de Santiago survived the test of time, being maintained by the government and open to public. It is the oldest European architecture that is still left in Asia, others either have been destroyed due to natural occurrences or redevelopment purpose. In Portuguese, A Famosa is a phrase that literally means “the famous”.
It feels incomplete to talk about Melaka Raya without mentioning this place. This mosque is located on the man-made Melaka Island which can be immediately found upon entering Melaka Raya. It is one of the few floating mosques in the country, which is uniquely built to be seen as if it is floating during the rising tide. The mosque is officiated in 2006 by the twelfth King, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail at a cost of ten million ringgit. During festive seasons such as Eid Fitri and Eid Adha as well as the usual Friday prayers, the mosque is able to accommodate two thousand congregants at its maximum capacity. Visitors are advised to dress modestly if they intend to come over to grace upon the mosque’s beautiful sight.
Another interesting place to visit when visitors are in Melaka Raya is the Jonker Night Street Market. Famously known among the locals as a shopping attraction, it is open on Fridays and Saturdays starting from early evening until late at night. It is in this night market that the local food of Melaka can be found in abundance as well as gifts and merchandises that can be purchased cheaply. There are also eateries nearby for dining in with family and friends.
An outstanding hotel situated in Jalan Merdeka 1 with ample facilities and services such as television, bathtub, hairdryer, in-room safe, bar, poolside bar, laundry service, restaurant and WiFi.
A well-decorated four-star hotel situated in Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz. Located close to the sea, it comes with a wide range of facilities and services such as television, shower, minibar, refrigerator, in-room safe, spa, coffee shop, concierge, meeting rooms, health club and WiFi.