RIVER CRUISE, MELAKA ( 马六甲河 )
Jalan Graha Maju
Tel : 06-2814322/23
Operation Time
Daily 9:00 am to 11:00pm
RM 10 Adult, RM 10 Children
Melaka River is a river which flows through the middle Malacca Town in the Malaysian state of Malacca.
It was once an important trade route during the heyday of Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century. It has
lost most of this function in the present and is a mere tourist attraction.

Once dubbed ‘Venice of the East’ by European seafarers back in those days when the state has yet to be
formed, Melaka River is the point where the history of Malacca began. A Prince from Sumatra, Parameswara –
also the founder of Malacca – had established his sultanate near the mouth of this river in the early 1400s,
and his palace was built on the east-bank of the river at the foot of St. Paul’s Hill, then known as Malacca Hill.

Heading towards the sea, the river passes through the town of Malacca and the many settlements situated
along the riverbanks. From a place where major trade and commerce activities used to take place, it is now a
major tourist attraction, a remnant from Malacca’s past left behind to tell the tale. A 45-minute cruise down
the river via boat enables visitors to recall Malacca’s history while enjoying the rustic scene of leftovers from
Malacca’s past. Covering a distance of 10 kilometres, the boat ride takes you all the way down to the
infamous Kampung Morten.
RM 10 Adult, RM 10 Children
Starting from Dutch Square, the first lesson in history starts at the Malacca Bridge, otherwise known as Tan Boon Seng bridge. One could
imagine the importance of this bridge back in those days, as the Portuguese had used the bridge as a means to capture the state by seizing
it, cutting all communications from the left and right side of the river, dividing Malacca into two parts. Right after the Malacca Bridge is the
Chan Boon Cheng bridge. Replaced by a concrete structure in 1963 as what is seen today, the bridge was originally a steel construction built
in the early 20th century linking the old quarters of Chinatown (then known as ‘Kampung Pantai’) on the west side of the riverbank to the new
quarters of Chinatown via Jalan Bunga Raya on the east side. This bridge has a gruesome history; during the Japanese occupation, it was
said that the Japanese soldiers had placed the beheaded heads of their victims at the foot of the bridge as a not-so-gentle reminder to the
locals not to toe the line.

After the Chan Boon Cheng Bridge, one will pass a pedestrian bridge called ‘Ghostbridge of Malacca’, which links Kampung Pantai to
Kampung Jawa. It is not known whether the bridge’s name has got anything to do with anything supernatural; it remains a mystery to this day.
Further down the river is another foot bridge, the Old Market bridge, which links Kampung Hulu to Jalan Kee Ann and the old Central Market.
A picturesque scene of fishing boats berthed along the riverbank used to grace this area once upon a time ago, where they unload their
catches to be sold in the market. Now, they are populated by a row of restaurants serving mainly Chinese cuisine, including a particular
eatery which had been featured in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Entrapment’.
RM 10 Adult, RM 10 Children
Not far from the place where Central Market used to reside is the Jalan Hang Tuah bridge, which links Jalan Munshi Abdullah to Jalan Hang
Tuah. On the right side of the riverbank, the now-closed Cathay Cinema can be seen, while on the left side of the riverbank is Jalan Kilang,
which used to be one of the liveliest, most bustling areas in Malacca, what with its vital role as the Express Bus Terminal back then. Rows of
old shophouses can be seen lining the now-quiet street.

The boat cruise’s last destination is the well-known Kampung Morten, an old local settlement. Classified as a national heritage site, this typical
Malay village is widely-recognised as a living museum with its well-preserved traditional Malay architecture and charming age-old culture and
lifestyle unaffected by the passing of time. Just before Kampung Morten, the ruins of Church of Rosario can be seen on the right side of the
river.
RM 10 Adult, RM 10 Children
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