Encore Melaka is an impressive Melaka-themed cultural song and dance performance using state-of-the-art theatrical techniques in a modern purpose built rotating theatre.
The show was created by Impression Wonders Arts Development Co Ltd, a Chinese company which was involved in the Beijing Olympics opening and closing shows among other events.
Projection mapping technology is used to create stunning visual effects to complement the props and traditional costumes of the 200 strong cast of local performers.
The most unusual thing about this show is that the 2,000 seat auditorium rotates 360 degrees enabling the audience to face multiple stages from close up.
The building is an imposing new landmark on the Melaka skyline. To me it looks like a vast melting ice cube. The exterior skin of the building is covered in white porcelain tiles, arranged like snake scales while the 'melting parts' are made of translucent plastic material which are illuminated in various shades of blue at night. I like it.
It is built on reclaimed land next to a man-made beach overlooking the Straits of Malacca. The whole district is called Impression City, planned to be a 138 acre property project by developers Yong Tai Berhad.
While most people are impressed with the spectacle and the setting, some are confused with the storyline which selects highlights from 600 years of Melaka's complicated history in 70 minutes.
If you are the sort of person who likes Olympic opening ceremonies you'll certainly like this show.
A Peak Season Surcharge of RM 20 may be added.
Wheelchair Users RM 98
Check the official website for pricing updates and promotions.
The exact location is marked on this map (it was still under construction when this Google Maps satellite image was taken):
Shuttle Bus Pick Up Services are available from selected hotels in Melaka. Call +606 270 7777 for details and timings.
Impression City Melaka
Lorong Hajah Maznah, Impression City Melaka, 75200 Melaka
There is plenty of parking available in a multi-storey car park adjacent to the venue.