Are you bored of going to huge shopping malls during your time? Planning to try something different? Well, why not opt for a historic getaway with your family and friends? That’s right; you read that right – a historic getaway! We’re not sure about you, but we’re always curious about what had happened in the past.
Fortunately, Malaysia is blessed with so many historical places to visit. It’s fascinating to be still able to study about the history of the Malay country in this era. Some of the ancient landscapes have influences from other cultures, too. Without further ado, here’s our list of top famous historical places in Malaysia.
1. A’Famosa, Melaka
Melaka is best known for having numerous historical landmarks around, and the A’Famosa is one of them. Located nearby to Melaka’s city centre, this spot is famous among both locals and tourists to take pictures. It was once a Portuguese fortress with a fascinating history behind it. Back then, the fort was massive, but sadly, the only part which remains standing Melaka is the gate.
Address: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Operating Hours: 24 hours
2. Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, Melaka
Another famous historical place which you should visit in Malaysia is the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. Coming here, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the ancient Malay Kingdom during the ruling of Sultan Mansur Shah. Here’s a fun fact: This museum is actually a replica of the actual palace of Sultan Mansur Shah back in the 15th Century! Interesting, right?
Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Operating Hours: 9a.m. – 5:30p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
3. St. George’s Church, Penang
Situated on the Farquhar Street of Georgetown, lies an Anglican church called the St. George’s Church. Not only is it one of the oldest landscapes in Penang; but also the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia! It was also declared to be one of the 50 National Treasures of Malaysia by the Malaysian federal government.
Address: 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 9a.m. – 12p.m. (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
4. Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
How can we leave out on the most important historical place in Malaysia, the Dataran Merdeka? Located in front of the building of Sultan Abdul Samad; many would know that this spot was where Malaysia celebrated its first Independence Day, on the 31st August 1957. This was the place Tunku Abdul Rahman first shouted “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!”. Hence, explains why it’s the most important historical place for Malaysians.
Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 24 hours
5. Snake Temple
The initial name of this temple was Temple of the Azure Cloud. The temple is in honour of Chor Soo Kong, who was a Buddhist healer and priest. There a few living snakes inside the temple, but don’t worry, they’re not as aggressive as you imagine them to be. There are also snake shows every Saturday and Sunday here.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 6a.m. – 7p.m. (Daily)
Well, there you go, folks; the list of top historical places in Malaysia which are worth visiting. Come and travel back in time by visiting these places today!
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