We dropped by Hang Tuah Centre during our excursion to Malacca recently, even though it was still in its final stages of completion. Hang Tuah Centre is only scheduled to open to the public in early August.
Known locally as Perkampungan Hang Tuah, this will be one of Malacca’s major tourist products. It’s actually still very new that there’s not much information on the internet.
Hang Tuah Centre, with its main house, and five smaller houses around it, in Kampung Duyung, is said to be located on the land that Hang Tuah, the Malay warrior and hero, trained his martial art, silat.
The main house will have two separate galleries; Gallery Hang Mahmud and Gallery Dang Merdu, the latter named after Hang Tuah’s mother. There will also be a large auditorium at this Hang Tuah Centre.
The interactive Gallery Hang Mahmud will show the warrior aspect of Hang Tuah. This historical figure will also be shown in an epic battle with Hang Jebat, via an illusion technique called ‘Pepper’s ghost’.
Gallery Dang Merdu, on the other hand, will showcase the softer aspect of Hang Tuah. Expect to see exhibits related to the social and cultural aspects of Hang Tuah at that time, including the Royal Parade.
Meanwhile, for the five ‘rumah pahlawan’ (warrior’s home), each will display different kinds of items, from adventure to fashion and weapons.
While the facts and truth about Hang Tuah are arguable, this is heavily researched and PERZIM (Perbadanan Muzium Melaka / Malacca Museums Corporation), which is in charge of this major project, has been painstaking in getting details as accurate as possible about Hang Tuah as depicted in Malaccan History books.
Once Hang Tuah Centre is open to the public, a nominal admission fee will be charged to cover the cost of running the centre.
Hang Tuah Centre (Perkampungan Hang Tuah)
Add: Kampung Duyung, Melaka.
Note: View larger images by clicking on an image once this page has completely loaded. Then navigate by clicking on the right or left side of image.