Stadhuys is one of the oldest buildings in Melaka that was built in 1650 by the Dutch during the colonization of Melaka. Stadthuys is also known as the oldest building from the Dutch colonial construction in the Southeast Asian region.
Stadthuys in Dutch is Town Hall. While in English, Stadthuys, “State Building” means municipality. The all-red Stadthuys building is also equipped with a clock tower. This building is also located near and next to Christ Church in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka. This building was also used as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor at that time.
The Stadthuys building in Dutch times had two floors. From the front, this building looks like a three storey building while from the back it will look like it only has two floors. The position of this building located on the hillside makes this building look like a multi-story.
Until the early 18th century, this building was used as the residence of the Dutch Governor and the Dutch administrative center. The building is famous for its red color but originally this building was white. In 1961, this building was made the state administrative center. Tourists from the Netherlands in particular, know the Stadthuys building as Dutch Square.
Operation Hour : Open 09:00 am – 05:30 pm daily.
Address : Stadthuys, Bandar Hilir, 75000, Melaka.