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“Bit of a letdown” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Square (Dutch Square)

Red Square (Dutch Square)
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Private Full Day Malacca Tour including Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #6 of 133 things to do in Melaka
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Owner description: The center of town is referred to as "Red Square" because of the Dutch-inspired red buildings.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Bit of a letdown”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

I was fascinated by how Melaka looked like in the pictures - a quaint old town, and the distinction of being a World Heritage Site - so I decided to squeeze it to my itinerary. After what seemed to be a 3-hour bus ride from Putrajaya, and another local bus ride from Melaka Sentral, we arrived late in the afternoon. The atmosphere seemed aloof and lazy, even with the famed reddish hue of the Dutch Square (Christ Church, Stadhuys, Clock Tower). Many tourists hustle about taking pictures, and the trishaws touting with their music speakers on full blast. I went along with them, crossing the streets back and forth snapping away, taking a picture of the arch at Jonker Street (it and Chinatown didn't seem inviting to enter), and settling on the bridge overlooking the Malacca River. It was charming while it lasted. As the sun fell so did the activity around the place. The square got quieter and darker - apparently no nightlife is to be found here. We waited for a bus to take us to the shopping centers (Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan) but it took so long as a half hour had passed and no one knew when the next one was coming, we ended up taking a 20-min long walk (pity, a bus probably came 10mins after we left). We did see the other tourist spots along the way but it was less impressive. We had to rush dinner at Mahkota Parade because the last bus for KL leaves past 8pm; and still with no local bus spotted headed for Melaka Sentral, we had no choice but to take a cab. My Melaka experience was to be honest a disappointing one, as we spent more time traveling to and from, and not really enjoying the place. Maybe a morning trip might turn out to be livelier, but I'm not going back any time soon.

Visited September 2013
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“To much street seller”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Its supposed to be the beautiful places.it just to much street seller along the squares. And somehow it block the beauty of the place

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Mandaue, Philippines
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“Busy Tourist Center of Melaka”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

The bus stop is right beside the Red Square, so called because of the color of bricks...right away I could see the Dutch style structures - the Stadthuys, Clock Tower, Christ Church, Queen Victoria Fountain and right across Jalan Lacsamana is a replica of a Dutch windmill and the nearby Tourism Center..few steps and its already the entrance to Jonker Street and Chinatown....lots of things to see..souvenirs to choose from ...trishaws (beca) for hire.......and tourists speaking various languages...it was indeed an enjoyable day trip to this tourist area right in the heart of Melaka

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Busy and bustling Square”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

One of the best places to feel the hustle and bustle of the heritage city with many visitors from far and near. Within a small area, there're many historical buildings/structure to capture the main icon of Melaka.

Visited March 2014
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Zhanjiang, China
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“Right Beside Jonker Street”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

While this part of town is nice, it is somewhat spoiled by all the trinket and souvenir stalls under tacky blue tarpaulins everywhere. I think this really detracts from the Dutch architectural history in the square. Photo opportunities are difficult because of the stalls. Great place to catch a rickshaw from though.

Visited February 2014
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