Stadthuys

Situated in the heart of Melaka, lies the Stadthuys. In Dutch, it means city hall. The very near clock tower and the Stadthuys building are both prominently red in colour. It is a historical structure and is said to be the oldest surviving Dutch building in Asia.
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Situated in the heart of Melaka, lies the Stadthuys. In Dutch, it means city hall. The very near clock tower and the Stadthuys building are both prominently red in colour. It is a historical structure and is said to be the oldest surviving Dutch building in Asia.


Situated in the heart of Melaka, lies the Stadthuys. In Dutch, it means city hall. The very near clock tower and the Stadthuys building are both prominently red in colour. It is a historical structure and is said to be the oldest surviving Dutch building in Asia.

Built in the 1650's as the official residence of the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Netherlands and as the administrative centre, it is presently the Museum of History and Ethnography. The Stadthuys was converted into a museum in 1982.

It showcases the rich history, culture and traditions of Melaka during the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation. Amongst the displays in the museum, one is also able to see the artifacts and traditional costumes from the early days of Melaka. Making it is a premier museum today.

Interestingly, the Museum of Literature is just behind the Stadthuys building. Here it displays photographs, maps and prints detailing the historical accounts of Melaka and its local legends.

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