15 Historical Places in Malaysia for Best Vacation in 2021

Historical Places In Malaysia

Malacca Sultanate Palace, Bukit China, Kampung Kling Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, The A’Famosa Fortress, St. George Church, Kuan Yin Temple, Cheng Hoon Teng, and many more.

The plentitude of astounding historical places in Malaysia lure not only history buffs, but also architecture and archaeological enthusiasts to the country. These beautiful age-old historical sites range from stunning palaces and forts to intriguing churches and museums. Such well-known historical destinations showcase the past and present of the country and speak a lot about its history, culture, and architecture.

The top historical monuments in Malaysia like the Malacca Sultanate Palace and Fort Cornwallis display ancient artefacts and offer you a sneak peek of the rich past of the country. On the other hand, the historical shrines of the country like Kampung Kling Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, St. George Church, and Cheng Hoon Teng not only take you closer to spirituality, but also let you witness the brilliant age-old traditional architecture of the country.

Other famous historical sites like Hang Tuah Well and Bukit China intrigue you about many untold stories and leave you wondering about the reason they were built.  

Here is the list of best historical places in Malaysia:

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Malacca Sultanate Palace

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One of the top-rated historical monuments in Malaysia, the Malacca Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah's palace, built at the base of St. Paul's Hill. The three-story museum houses a variety of artefacts, including traditional costumes, jewellery, weapons, paintings and statues.

The place is built in an ancient architectural style and is worth paying a visit. The most amazing feature of this wooden structure is that no nails were used in its construction and the roof was constructed using zinc and copper. The place is also known as a "cultural museum" and houses more than 1350 artefacts. The outer courtyard of the place provides an amazing view of lush green trees and fountains which makes it an ideal place for relaxing and taking photographs.

Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

9 AM to 5.30 PM
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Bukit China

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The largest and oldest burial ground of the Malaccas Chinese community outside China, Butik China is one of the most-visited historical places in Malaysia. The place is spread over an area of more than 25000 square metres and was built in order to seal the relations between China and Malaysia.

Butik China's forested path is popular for jogging and walking among the graves and there is also a replica of Sultan Mansur Shah's palace, which now houses Malacca's cultural museum.

The place also has cheng ho's seven wells at its foot and it is said that Butik China was a wedding gift from the Sultan to Princess Hang Li Po. The place also offers an incredible view of Malacca and verdant, peaceful respite from the city's hustle and bustle.

Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
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Kampung Kling Mosque

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The Kampung Kling Mosque has a square plan, as opposed to other mosques in Western Asia, which have hexagonal or rectangular plans, and it is named after the village where Indian traders lived, kampung kling.

The most amazing structure on the site is the minaret, which resembles a Chinese pagoda, but unlike the timber hall, this minaret is made of stonework. Chinese ceramic tiles adorn the roof as well as some of the walls and also the floor.

The mosque has a triple-tiered pyramidal roof instead of a conical wall and is a harmonious blend of styles and design elements from various cultures, making it aesthetically pleasing. One of the most sought-after historical monuments in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque is an excellent destination for anyone who appreciates different cultures and styles, and it is well worth a visit.

75200 Malacca, Malaysia
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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

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Located on High Street in Kuala Lumpur, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the richest and oldest hindu temple in Malaysia. One of the most impressively architectured historical monuments in Malaysia, the temple has a unique design that incorporates Italian and Spanish tiles, precious stones, and gold.

The most amazing feature of the temple is its shape, which is similar to the human body, with the head pointing west and the feet pointing to the east. The main prayer hall, which contains murals and frescoes, is also a focus point. Sri Mahamariamman Temple has such intricate architecture that if you are a photographer, you could spend an entire day photographing it.

Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6 AM to 8.30 PM
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The A’Famosa Fortress

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One of the best historical monuments in Malaysia, The A'Famosa Fortress sits atop St. Paul's Hill, which is near the historic remains of St. Paul's Church.

It was built in 1511 and the establishment used to recline across the side of the hills increasing the beauty of the place,  but now what remains today in The A'Famosa Fortress is the last standing gatehouse of the once-great fortress, known as the porta de Santiago.

They are among the best examples of European architecture in South Asia and the fortress is an ideal location for those interested in the past and history of the Portuguese era. The fortress's location makes it a good spot for photography and admiring the view, and it is a must-see destination for tourists from around the world.

Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
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St. George Church

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The oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, St. George Church is one of the most favourite historical places in Malaysia among religious seekers. The most fascinating feature of the church's architecture are the massive Grecian columns, which immediately remind you of Greek structures like the Parthenon.

The interior of the church is a cool pastel blue with a marble floor, and outside the entrance is a spectacular pavilion housing a memorial of Sir Francis Light in the shape of a Greek temple.

Despite its location in the heart of the city, the temple's surrounding shrubs provide a sense of tranquillity, and the church's atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for tourists to take photos and a worthwhile place to visit. The place gives a true sense of spirituality and the atmosphere around the place is calm and serene.

1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Kuan Yin Temple

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The Kuan Yin Temple is Penang's oldest temple dedicated to Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy. One of the most architecturally stunning historical places in Malaysia, this temple is built in a unique architectural style and the pillars and ceilings are adorned with dragon carvings.

Stunning ceramic dragon sculptures line the roof ridges, and lovely red lanterns hang from the ceiling. There are two wells in the courtyard of the temple  that are intended for public use, while the one within the temple is used by monks only.

The temple was originally used not only for religious functions but also for social functions within the Chinese community. The place is worth visiting and spending time with your friends and family to admire the beautiful architecture of the place.

30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

8 AM to 2 PM
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Cheng Hoon Teng

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Also known as the merciful cloud temple, Cheng Hoon Teng, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy. It is located on Melaka's famous harmony street and the temple has a large grand praying hall with a black, gold, and red robed statue of the goddess Kuan Yin.

The temple's most notable feature is a 7-meter-tall red flag poll that houses the remains of 2-3 captains who helped build the temple. The entrance and other interiors are beautifully carved and architecturally designed, and the surrounding area is covered in small trees and plants, making it ideal for peaceful walks.

This place provides numerous opportunities to take stunning photographs from various perspectives and is a perfect place to experience a true sense of spirituality.

25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

7 AM to 5 PM
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Snake Temple, Malaysia

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Also known as the temple of the azure cloud, the Snake Temple in Malaysia is a stunning piece of architecture with ornate detailing on the doors and pillars, making it an ideal location for architecture enthusiasts and photographers.

The main temple is located in the courtyard, where the shrine of Kuan Yin's hall is present, allowing visitors to marvel at the beauty of the garden's plants and flowers. Following the pathway, there is a snake pool with devenomized snakes such as wagler's pit viper and green tree snakes reclining on the tree's green branches.

Near the temple, there is also a snake exhibition with a variety of snakes in tanks and here you can also take pictures of yourself holding the snake under trained supervisors.

Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

6 AM to 7 PM
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St. Paul’s Church

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St. Paul's Church, located on the summit of St. Paul's Hill, is Malaysia's and Southeast Asia's oldest church. With decades of history, the church's walls consist of tombstones, a bell tower, as well as a statue of St. Francis Xavier's.

Many stalls selling souvenirs are also present along the staircase leading to the church. There is also an open tomb of St. Xavier surrounded by a fence, where St. Xavier was temporarily buried before being taken to Goa.

The remains of the Portuguese fortress A Famosa can be found near the church. The church's location makes it an ideal spot for tourists to take photos while admiring the breathtaking view from the hilltop. The church gives an excellent representation of the ancient culture of the place and is worth paying a visit.

1935, Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
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Hang Tuah’s Well

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One of the most attractive historical places in Malaysia, Hang Tuah Well is located in the town of hang tuah's birthplace, kampung duyung. According to locals, the well was dug by the great man himself, and after he died, the well is said to have become a home for his spirit, which took the form of a white crocodile.

It is also believed that this white crocodile can only be seen by those who are holy and have a pure heart, and that it cannot be seen by anyone else. This well has never run dry, even during the driest seasons and the place also has food stalls as well as souvenir shops in the vicinity.

You can also visit a traditional Malay house here and the place is ideal for spending time with your friends while having fun and getting a brief knowledge about the history of the place.

Kampung Duyong, 75430 Malacca, Malaysia
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Hang Jebat and Hang Kasturi’s Mausoleum

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Hang Jebat and Hang Kasturi’s Mausoleum are thought to be the final resting place of hang jebat and hang kasturi, who were brothers with the great hang tuah. The mausoleum's entrance is a simply decorated gateway with a triangle design cut into it and the place is surrounded by a low wall that makes it compact; and inside, there is a brief history of these legendary warriors.

These tombs were built in the Chinese style to mark the burial site for higher-ranking officials and sultans and the jawi writing on the front entrance identifies this location as the actual burial site.

The age of the grave is unknown, and the location is small, but it has great historical and legendary value, making it an ideal location for learning about the history of hang jebat and hang kasturi.

Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
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Fort Cornwallis

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One of the famous historical places in Malaysia, Fort Cornwallis was built to defend Penang from pirate attacks. The country’s largest intact standing fort, Fort Cornwallis is named after Charles Marquis Cornwallis, who was the Governor-General of Bengal.

The fort is a star-shaped bastion designed to protect Penang from enemies from all sides and is built in beautiful architectural style. The basic design of the fort is similar to other British forts in India and a bronze statue of Captain Francis, as well as prison cells, a massive storage area, and barracks, can be found inside this fort.

The interior of the place is one-of-a-kind and numerous bronze cannons and mortars are also present and well-preserved. Fort Cornwallis is worth a visit for history buffs because the great history of the place is displayed in the several galleries at the place.

Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

9 AM to 10 PM
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Christ Church

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Christ Church is an important structure in Melaka and the oldest operating Protestant church in Malaysia. One of the most intriguing historical places in Malaysia, the church houses some exciting artefacts and objects with undiscovered stories behind them, like the church bell.

Many tombstones with Armenian and Portuguese inscriptions are incorporated into the church's floors, and some inscriptions provide an interesting panorama of life during the Dutch period, The church also has a bible with a brass cover and the ceiling made of massive wooden blocks with no joints is one of the most intriguing aspects of the church architecture, demonstrating the Dutch's exceptional architectural ability.

The church is a must-see for anyone who believes in and admires the Christian faith and wishes to immerse themselves in Melaka's history and culture.

Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Monday to Saturday - 9 AM to 4.30 PM, Sunday - 8.30 AM to 1 PM
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Sultan Ibrahim Building

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The Sultan Ibrahim Building, also known as the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, is the former state secretariat building in Johor. One of the most well-known historical places in Malaysia, this building was constructed in 1986 by the late Sultan Ibrahim in order to safeguard the state from the British, who were trying to capture the administration of the country.

The building, which is located on a hill, was the tallest building in Malaysia during the pre-Merdeka era. Its beautiful design and tower make it a landmark in Johor Bahru, and it is a perfect representation of western and Malaysian architectural style.

At night, you can admire the night view of Singapore on the other side, and the building's arabic architectural style and fine craftsmanship make it one of the most intriguing structures in Johor.

Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

8 AM to 5 PM
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    1. Langkawi Island: Langkawi Island, also known as the land of azure waters, is Malaysia's most beautiful place. Water sports such as paragliding, jet skiing, and scuba diving are available here. The major activities worth doing on the island include a thrilling cable car ride to the peak, as well as visits to the national park and birds paradise. The Langkawi Geopark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well worth visiting.

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    1. Petrosian Museum: One of the most sought-after historical monuments in Malaysia, Petrosian Museum is a modern museum dedicated to increasing the general knowledge and interest of the next generation in science and technology. It is easily accessible because it is located in one of the best malls in Kuala Lumpur. The location has excellent educational values and is a great place for planning a trip with your children.

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  3. How many days are enough for Malaysia?

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