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Stadthuys is known as the oldest surviving Dutch building in the East, located at the Red Square area of Melaka. Spread over an area of 49,200 square feet, the iconic red terracotta building once served as the official residence of the Dutch governor and officers. It now houses the History and Ethnography Museum showcasing Malaccan culture and traditions.
The word ‘Stadthuys’ means ‘city hall’, and hence, the building is still considered as a very famous city hall by the locals and the public, being one of the oldest buildings of the area in the Dutch colonial architecture. It is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis, town hall of the Frisian town of Hoorn in the Netherlands.
Apart from housing the Ethnography Museum, Stadthuys complex also has the Museum of Literature. It depicts the local legends and accounts through map, prints and photographs. Located nearby is another attraction worth visiting - the Tang Beng Swee Clocktower.
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