You might be aware of the Kingdom terminology which is vastly used in the European countries. In Asian countries it is being referred as a Sultanate. Melaka still has a Sultan & Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum is a great way to learn about lifestyle & culture of Sultan’s life. It is also one of the recommended activity & things to do in Malacca.
Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum Highlights
They set stages for movies and drams depicting lives of Sultans and Emperors, but in Melaka, you would find the residential place of actual sultans. The Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum is the museum that was once the palace of sultans. The building is reconstructed and preserves the history of the state.
Specialty of the Palace
Wood work is perfectly used in this palace. From outside, the dark brown building seems to be a part of the nature. Malacca Sultanate Palace is a place remarkable sample of the primordial nail-free structure. You will find here the designs of bedrooms of the sultans. The luxurious style of beds and elegant curtains falling from the wooden hand carved gives a royal look to the sultan’s room. In the museum, this bed is placed over a stair-stage.
The craftsmen have designed the building, its walls and furniture in a fabulous manner. Unlike the Buddhist and Chinese buildings in Melaka, this palace has more floral carvings than the human / animal images because of Islamic background of the Sultan.
What a Sultan Kitchen’s look like?
The Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum preserves the pots and ceramics that were under the use of sultans. The white-blue ceramic artifacts are kept in wooden and glass show cases. Small sized elegant ceramic tell about the great taste of ruling ancestors of the place.
Praise the Architecture
The palace is a sort of truss i.e. a complex building having triangular units. The roves give a great impression to the visitors. The entrance of the palace is lavish and one can see the entrance door from far away since there is a long path to the palace museum from the main road.
Statues of Sultans
Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum contains the models of Islamic rulers and sultans of the reign. The museum keeps the costumes of the sultans including specific caps and turbans.
Gardens of Palace
The museum is surrounded by the gardens that were once used by the royal families alone. Today, the gardens are open to public and the tourists can enjoy fresh air and a trip to history of the place. The fountains are still operational in the garden and look great specially in the evening.
Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum Photo Gallery
If you are a photographer or it is one of your hobby then you will certainly love the experience of Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum. The unique museum architecture will give you a challenge and yet let you capture one of your best shots. The dark theme inside the museum and the light will test your technical photography skills as well.
The museum is open for locals and tourists from 9 am in morning to 6 pm in the evening. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Monday.
The Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum is at five minute walk and 1 minute drive from the Maritime Museum Melaka. It is just by the Stadthuys and the Christ Church.