Malacca, Malaysia 75000
Stadhuys literally means Red Square in Dutch. It was built around 1650 for the Dutch administration.
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Symbolic by Nature
We have all seen a picture of this building in our history text books. It actually looks more beautiful when you see it up close and I enjoyed visiting this place mainly because it gave me a sense of patriotism. Here we have a monument that was built on Malaysian soil which still stands proudly today in all its glory. Everything from the bright red paint to the classic architecture of the building is maintained well and one can get the feeling of having traveled back in time whilst strolling around the area.
Let us never forget the significance of this icon and of the role it has played in the history of Malacca.
The Red Square
After looking at pictures of this place from my high school history text book, I think this place deserves some recognition.
From a distance, I do think this place highlights a spot of red in Malacca and it was certainly a have a classic vibe to it. One of the most unique building here is the Christ Church. Being a Christian, I think that this church does stands out when comparing the building to all the other churches in the country. There's just something about the architecture of the building that gives it a very classy feel. I really hope that this building will stand the test of time for at least a few decades since it is a very important part of the history of Malacca.
A museum is located just beside the church, in what is supposed to be the oldest remaining Dutch building in the oriental. You could see some traditional Dutch costumes dating back to the 1600's and some other artifacts discovered throughout the history of Malacca.
A Well-known Land Mark!
When you heard of Stayhud, I am pretty sure most of the locals will know it is referring to Malacca. It is a historical building which is well maintain by local government in order to keep the original structure and design. It was built by Dutch between the year of 1660 and 1700 to serve as the residential of Dutch Governor.
It is also a spot where a dozens of Trishaw full with nice and creative decoration to attracts the visitors hiring them to go around the Malacca town areas. Each trip last for an hour, and cost about RM40 for 2. Indeed it was quite expensive but it is quite unique. Some even fits with radio and speakers so that the guests will not feel bored during their journey!
A touch of history
I first learnt about Stadhuys from my history lessons in school years ago. Never would I have thought that it would be one of the places that I would be visiting on my short trip to Malacca. I came upon it by chance as I had no idea where it is located. Well, apparently it is hard to miss if you are visiting Malacca town area. Before this, I have only seen it in pictures this red building which managed to stand the test of time. Finally seeing it in real gave me a feeling of Wow as I can touch the stones and bricks which gave this building its existence. Unexpectedly the building is quite well-preserved and is clean. It is also surrounded by lots of greeneries and is a good place for taking pictures.
Adding a touch of Dutch to Malayan history
In all my visits to Malacca, I never miss out on a visit to this grand old historical structure situated in the heart of Malacca Town. The fact that such a structure built about 450 years ago is still standing in full splendor amazes me.
I think this is the supposed official oldest remaining Dutch historical building in the entire Asian continent! their collection of artifacts and curios specifically each era of Malacca's storied history, which makes it a must-see for history buffs like myself.
Kudos to the Malaccan government for ensuring such an excellent upkeep of the building and it's spotlessly clean cobblestones.
Get the Dutch feel
Stadhuy is the iconic red buildings in Melacca. You will never miss the building if you are on your way to St Paul Hill or Jonker Street. It was built by the Dutch as office of Dutch Governor and Deputy Govenor. It was then the Melacca Free School when Melacca handed over to British. Currently, it is home to Musuem of History and Ethnography. You will find a lot of trishaw along the road side where you utilize it to make a trip down to St. Paul Hill if you want to enjoy the view while get some rest on your feet.
Beautiful old Dutch architecture.
As I set my food on the Stadhuys, it is easy to see why people often refer to it as the Red Square. This is because most of the buildings including the church and the clock tower is painted in red.
In the middle of the square is the Victoria Fountain. I found out later it was built in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria's 60th coronation anniversary.
Last but not least, another thing which intrigued me was a tiny water wheel hut across the street. The architecture looks Western and the vicinity of it is planted with flowers of all sorts of color.