Dutch Square Melaka

Name: Dutch Square Melaka, Red Square Melaka

Location: Banda Hilir, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

Reason to Visit: the oldest existing Dutch buildings in Southeast Asia, famous tourist photo site in Malacca, impressive historical square with red appearance, one of the landmarks of Malacca

Opening Hours: 24 hours


Dutch Square Melaka


Dutch Square Melaka, also known as Red Square Melaka, is located on the banks of Malacca River, close to the Church of Saint Paul. Built in the 17th century, it is the oldest existing Dutch buildings in Southeast Asia. It is a square with Dutch colonial architecture with the red appearance, which is impressive to the visitors. For more than 300 years, it has been the seat of government agencies, and it was not until 1980 that it was changed to Museum of Malacca. The square is full of the Dutch buildings, which are good for taking photos. And the Christ Church Melaka is a famous tourist photo site. Here you can learn the history and culture of the Malacca state and the Strait of Malacca. It is recommended to visit the Dutch Square(Red Square) Market during the sunset when the red buildings are most beautiful under the sunshine.



Best Time to Visit Dutch Square Melaka

Best time to visit the Dutch Square Melaka is morning and afternoon since Malacca is a little hot at noon. If you want to avoid the crowds, visiting the Dutch Square Melaka in the morning is recommended. But the red buildings are most beautiful under the sunset. And it is recommended to visit the Dutch Square Melaka on a sunny day. The blue sky, white clouds and red buildings compose of a beautiful picture and they are also the best background of your photos.


The best position to take photos with the Christ Church Melaka is on the the stairs near the church. And there is a logo of I LOVE MELAKA in the Dutch Square, which is a famous tourist photo site.


Dutch Square Melaka



Things to Do at the Dutch Square

Learn about the History and Culture of Malacca

Parasmeswara founded the kingdom of Melaka in the 15th century. Malacca was the administrative center at that time. It had been ruled by Portugal, Netherlands and Britain. These different periods all left things to Malacca. At the Museum of Malacca, you can see many historical relics of Malacca during different periods, including ancient Dutch weapons, Portuguese costumes since the 16th century, Malay wedding costumes, gold, silver and jewelry handicrafts, and pictures of various ancient ships moored at the port of Malacca. There are also rare ancient coins and stamps in the museum. Here you can also learn about the history of the Strait of Malacca, which is a word that always can be seen on the textbook of history and geography.


Admire the Beautiful Red Dutch Buildings

There is an interesting fact is that the buildings of Dutch Square Melaka were white before the 18th century. And they were changed to red in 1820. Thick red brick walls, extremely heavy hard wooden doors, wide stone steps, and the architectural style of the Dutch Square have undoubtedly left a deep impression on many tourists. With red walls, white windows and bright colors, when you stroll along the Malacca River, Dutch Square is definitely worth visiting. The red buildings are the best background of your photos, and tourists like to take photos with the views of the Dutch Square.


Dutch Square Melaka


Enjoy the Stunning View of the Malacca River

The Malacca River is near the Dutch Square. And there are many stores like coffees and restaurants for rest, you can choose one of them to sit down to have your afternoon tea as well as enjoy the beautiful view of the Malacca River. You can see the buildings on the other side of the Malacca River.


You can feel totally peaceful and comfortable to walk along the Malacca River. The best time to visit the Malacca River is in the afternoon during the sunset. And the night view of the Malacca River is also really charming. And if you want to get close to the Malacca River, you can take the boat to enjoy the scenery on the both sides of the Malacca River.


Dutch Square Melaka


Take Photos with the Christ Church Melaka

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9:00-16:30

Sunday: 8:30-13:00

Built in 1753, the Christ Church Melaka has a history over 200 years. It is located in Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, Banda Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia. It is one of the most attractive and impressive landmarks in Malacca. Same as the red buildings in the Dutch Square, the Christ Church Melaka’s red appearance is eye-catching. It is a famed tourist photo site in Malacca.


Here you can appreciate the architecture of the beautifully preserved historic church, learn about its history and take photos with it. Please notice that its opening hours is a bit short than other attractions, and you’d better plan your time to visit the Christ Church Melaka in advance to get a better traveling experience.


Dutch Square Melaka

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