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Cape Rachado, Port Dickson

Categories: Lighthouses, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
The Cape Rachado Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Tanjung Tuan, also known as Cape Rachado, in Alor Gajah, Malacca, Malaysia. The lighthouse is believed to be the oldest in the country, its history allegedly dating back to Portuguese rule of Malacca during the 16th century.HistoryThe early history of the lighthouse remains largely unverified, with unofficial accounts by locals tracing the lighthouse's history back to a period following the conquest of Malacca by Portugal in 1511. The Portuguese government in Malacca vested interest in the construction of a lighthouse to guide its ships through the narrow Straits of Malacca, completing the first iteration of the structure on Cape Rachado (a name given by the Portuguese, meaning "Broken Cape") in the 16th century. Possession of the lighthouse was handed over to the Dutch VOC, alongside Malacca in entirety in 1641, and a second version of the building was claimed to have been built in 1817, during temporary rule by the British under William Farquhar, seven years before Malacca's total changeover to the British in 1824.The present lighthouse was constructed in 1863, during Malacca's status as a British-ruled Straits Settlement, and remains active, as of 2008. In 1990, a second concrete tower was built next to the original lighthouse to house a MEASAT radar.
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  • Decided to check out this light house. It is still in operation and is close to public.however the look at it upclose is just stunning. 
  • I was expecting to be able to enter the light house when I reach the top, but sadly it was off-limits to public. So I could not get the nice view, which I thought I could. Nonetheless, the uphill hike...  read more »
  • Cape Rachado lighthouse is located in Tanjung Tuan forest reserve. From the entrance, we walked uphill to the lighthouse on a tarred road. We took the trekking trail beyond the lighthouse that had con...  read more »
  • Leisurely walk to the lighthouse. Still good exercise but not too challenging. Going down to the beach is not for the unfit though. It's beautiful and secluded though so well worth the effort.
  • A short hike up to look at a beautiful view. Worth visiting, especially for the newbie hikers.
  • Is a 20 mins walk through the jungle before reaching the light house. Nothing too amazing.
  • Walk to the top is a piece of cake for the able bodied. Plus some diversions get you lost on beautiful beaches if you want a challenge! Informative signs explain migratory bird paths too. This little known attraction would certainly make the highlight of a visit to good old port Dickson! I suggest going early when its still cool, before a dip in the ocean or lunch at a curry house, or try for the sunset! In my memory its something like 1 ringgit on entry if the booth is manned.
  • I was intrigued the first time I heard that there's a lighthouse here, so made a plan to come here, when I arrived, I was surprised to learn that I have to climb a steep road leading to the lighthouse. I was by myself, but I figured since I was already here, might as well get it over with. So I climb the road which according to the guard at the front gate, it was only 850 meter. The first 200 meter was hell for me but as soon as the lighthouse appear in front of me, I was speechless. I was worth the climb. The sea view, the bird on the trees, the breeze. Just being there is so relaxed. All the problems don't seem to matter here. 5 star.
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