To get the most out of Melaka, it's best to have a bit of knowledge about the history of the place, which I've explained briefly in the intro to this section. Most of the preserved historical sites are on both sides of the Melaka River. Start at Stadthuys (the old town hall, pronounced "stat-highs"), and you'll see most of Melaka pretty quickly. There once was a light-and-sound show every evening at the Padang near Porta de Santiago, but when I visited, it wasn't operating. The Melaka Museums Corporation said that it will reopen under new management but could not say when.

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