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“Learning History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Malacca Sultanate Palace

Malacca Sultanate Palace
St Paul's Hill, Melaka, Malaysia
+606-2826526
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Ranked #12 of 68 attractions in Melaka
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: This landmark palace has been carefully restored using ancient nail-free construction. A cultural museum is also on site.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Learning History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

A good place to learn about Malacca's and surrounding's history. I wasn't sure if that was the old palace because I think it was built resembling the old palace since the wood was kind of new. Going through the palace, there are a lot we could understand better about how sultanate politics was conducted. There were a lot of connections with Indonesian Majapahit era.

Visited March 2013
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“Sultanate Palace - Good pre-colonial culture displays and exhibits”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We recently visited Malacca and rather enjoyed our 45 minute visit to the Sultanate Palace which can be found within the old Melaka Fortress area of attractions. This cultural museum is probably our favoriteof those we visited on our day along Jalan Kota. There are several other minor museums that can be found here, almost back-to-back at times.

The Malacca Sultanate Palace is a replica and was interestingly constructed without the use of a single nail. It appropriately holds galleries of the pre-colonial rule,a time when this was a very important seat of power for the entire Malaysian peninsula and surrounding area during that time. Visits here are very affordable (RM2 per adult) and include a garden area called "The Forbidden Garden", depicting what is believed to have been present during this time period.

The Palace has six of seven gallery rooms revealing what a Sultanate chamber meeting might have been like. There are displays of Malay dress, arts and crafts as well. However, what we enjoyed most was the storyline of Hung Tuah and Hung Jabat, which is an important legend in this part of the world. This was what we found most memorable about our visit to the Sultanate Palace.

Overall, a worthy stop to make for those planning to visit the attractions around St. Paul Hill. As it establishes some context to the mainly Portuguese and Dutch era attractions you can see in this area, we recommend visiting the Sultanate Palace first as it predates the period of colonial rule.

Visited April 2013
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“Worth RM2 to check out the Palace building. Displays a bit average though.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This reconstruction of the old Sultan's Palace is certainly impressive from the outside. It's worth a look just to admire the architecture. While the displays do provide some interesting insights into the early history of Melaka, they are a bit thick with costumed mannequins, and dioramas which don't necessarily convey a lot of information, and perhaps assume some prior knowledge of Malakan heros and folklore.
Right next to St Paul's and A Famosa Portuguese fort, so worth stopping in while you're there.

Visited April 2013
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“Pre-European highlight.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The dark wooden construction gives a good impression of the socio-economic and cultural circumstances in the former Malacca sultanate. There are clothes, weapons, replica’s and artefacts who support and illustrate the chronological history-lessons. Some chambers look even completely restored with important events being reenacted.

The palace is not that big, so an hour will be sufficient to escape from the heat and light from outside. It’s next to Formosa and the Dutch square.

I would recommend this location because it is one of the only places in the city which highlights the pre-European period. You can include this in a riksja-tour!

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful replica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is a replica of an old sultan's palace. The entrance fee includes the gardens, and while they're worth a look (because you paid for them), they aren't all too interesting. The palace itself is pretty cool. There's a replica of what the sultan's court would have looked like, Nd what his bedroom would have looked like, then it had several models of other sultan's palaces, details about the building, stories about famous people in Malaysian history, malaysian costumes over time and what traders from around the world looked like. Not everything was in English, but enough for you to generally understand.

Visited March 2013
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