Orang utan House

The Orang Utan House

The Orang Utan House was opened in 1992. It is a private studio and art gallery that belongs to a local artist named Charles Cham. This gallery features the painters’ drawings and also sells souvenir items such as T-shirts.

From the outside, the visitor can see a big Orangutan painting at the building’s wall. The painting is so eye catching that it would peak anyone’s interest to enter the gallery to see more masterpieces produced by the artist.

Charles Cham is a renowned painter who has exhibited his paintings in several countries such as Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. His paintings have a primitive concept with colorful design. He also designs t-shirt with the theme of Chinese astrological animals.


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Operating Hours

Daily: 10.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


There’s no entrance fee. Everyone is welcomed to come in, however taking photo inside the premise is not allowed.


59, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

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Hear From Others

Unmissable on the streets of Melaka is the Orangutan House. Being the only establishment in the very centre of the protected streets of Melaka to be painted completely down one side, most people tend to grab a photograph and continue their walk.


Glance around the immediate surroundings of Cham’s creative space, and one will see a ruined fort, a Dutch-built church and brightly painted Chinese shops. Also in close proximityis the immediately recognisable old Chinese clan house that Cham had gutted, painted in his signature bright colours and opened as his gallery, the Orangutan House, in the early 1990’s. It is perhaps here where one can best appreciate that Cham doesn’t exactly ‘do’ the safe chocolate-box art favoured by so many of his creative compatriots.

Addicted Art Gallery

Owned by an artist who created all the original pieces himself, Orangutan house is the place to check out local Melaka-themed T-shirts.


Nearby Attractions

Submarine Museum

Submarine Museum

Source: Chongkian

 The museum features a submarine named FS Ouessant Agosta 7. This vessel was originally belonged to the French Navy before it was purchased by the Malaysian government. It was officially given to the Malacca state government to be a museum.

Melaka River Cruise 

The Melaka River Cruise is an alternative for the visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of Melaka City without facing the nightmare of traffic congestion. It operates day and night.

Melaka Alive

Melaka Alive

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Melaka Alive is a new attraction in Melaka. It brings the visitors a unique experience of learning about Melaka in a fun way. Melaka alive combines theater and historical elements with the advance technology that produces storm and wave simulations to give more impact on the performance.

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