Eye on Melaka – Once Tourist Attraction, Now HistoryJune 13, 2015
Many of the tourist destinations in the world are best known for the tourist attractions they provide. Melaka is best known for being a UNESCO world heritage city and the strait of Malacca is the longest strait in the world. There are other notable tourist attractions in Melaka as well.
Eye on Melaka
Eye on Melaka is a Ferry wheel / observation wheel located in the central Melaka on the bank of Malacca River. The 60 meter tall Ferry wheel provides an excellent view of the Straits of Melaka Melaka River.
Eye on Melaka is a portable Ferris wheel inspired by the likes of London Eye and Singapore Flyer. It was first operated in Kuala Lumpur for the celebration of the year 2007 in Malaysia. Mainly a tourism activity as Malaysia is one of the tourist attraction in South East Asia.
The Ferry wheel was later deployed in Melaka to provide tourists with the captivating panoramic view of the heritage city of Melaka. It is located nearby Melaka River, which holds history heritage of hundreds of years and a center of attraction for the tourists visiting Melaka.
Eye on Meaka comprise of 18 capsules and a full round takes less than 20 minutes. The Ferry wheel is open for tourists on the weekends and weekdays. The ticket price for an adult is about RM 20 (Ringitt), RM 10 for kids the special discounted price for the senior citizens.
The backdrop of heritage buildings and the view of Melaka River alongside the Eye on Melaka catches the attention of photographers, especially at night. There is also another observation wheel nearby by the name Menara Taming Sari which takes tourists to the high altitude as compared to the Ferry wheel. The charm and beauty of Eye on Melaka still attract thousands of tourists.
Eye on Melaka ceased operation in 2010 pending legal dispute with the owner. There was another project started in Melaka to build a 85meter Ferry wheel by the name “The Malaysia Eye” on Pulau Melaka. The project was never completed and another similar project was started to build a 13th largest Ferry wheel in the world (110 meter), but still it is work in progress.
The Ferry wheels attract tourists and are equally liked by kids people of all ages. Melaka is already known for being the world heritage site. We hope to see new Ferry wheel installation in this historical city soon.