Malacca City (Malay: Bandaraya Melaka or Kota Melaka) is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Malacca. As of 2019 it has a population of 579,000. Malacca City is one of the cleanest cities in South East Asia, being awarded as National Winner of Asean Clean Tourist City Standard Award 2018-2020 recently. It is the oldest Malaysian city on the Straits of Malacca, having become a successful entrepôt in the era of the Malacca Sultanate. The present-day city was founded by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince who escaped to the Malay Peninsula when Srivijaya fell to the Majapahit. Following the establishment of the Malacca Sultanate, the city drew the attention of traders from the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia, as well as the Portuguese, who intended to dominate the trade route in Asia. After Malacca was conquered by Portugal, the city became an area of conflict when the sultanates of Aceh and Johor attempted to take control from the Portuguese.
Following a number of wars between these territories, Aceh declined in influence while Johor survived and expanded its influence over territory previously lost to Aceh in Sumatra when Johor co-operated with the Dutch who arrived to establish dominance over Java and Maluku Islands. However, due to royal internal strife between the Malay and Bugis, the Johor-Riau Empire was divided into the sultanates of Johor and Riau-Lingga. This separation became permanent when the British arrived to establish their presence in the Malay Peninsula. The Dutch, who already felt threatened in the presence of the British, began conquering the Riau-Lingga Sultanate along with the rest of Sumatra, while Johor came under British influence following the signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824.
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Sher Khan | May 20, 2018
Its a small tower a clock on it, simply in front of an old church, it looks quite old but well maintained.
Uyên Phạm | Mar 1, 2018
Malacca was one of the greatest place I have ever had! It was just like a village, not really big but peaceful and full ò beautiful views! Come to Malaysia and visit here visit here someday, guys!!
mohamed raisul | Feb 3, 2018
Good gathering spot as this is the sort of first landmark once you enter Melaka town. There are plenty of attraction nearby which are all in walking distance. The clock tower itself is a good spot to take Instagram worthy photos.
Pyee Chan | May 4, 2018
Historical and in centralised within walking distance between all others attractions. Prepare for hot and humid weather!
sezali sezalo | Apr 6, 2018
Malacca Clock Tower is another significant icon sits on Dutch Square. It is just beside The Queen Victoria's Fountain and was erected in 1886 in honor of a generous Chinese tycoon named Tan Beng Swee. Some called it 'Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower'.
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