"King's Well" Princess Hang Li Poh's well Tip by Willettsworld

Princess Hang Li Poh's well, Melaka: 9 reviews and 9 photos


This well is located right next to the Poh San Teng Temple, itself located at the southwestern foot of Bukit China. It is believed that this is the oldest existing well in the country, and was dug on the orders of Sultan Mansur Shah, purportedly for his consort, the Princess Hang Li Poh. However, there is no documented evidence that Puteri Hang Li Poh existed in Chinese imperial records, and there is great likelihood that she is not of royal blood.

After Malacca was overthrown by the Portuguese, the Sultan of Malacca fled to Johore, where he launched a counterattack by poisoning this well in 1551, resulting in the death of 200 Portuguese soldiers. History repeated itself in 1606 when the Dutch poisoned the well, and in 1628-1629, it was the turn of the Acheenese to do the same. Realising the importance of this well, the Dutch built a wall around it complete with cannons and a guard post to protect it from sabotage. When Malacca was ceded to the British, the well was neglected and consequently fell into disrepair.

Address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Melaka.
Directions: At the foot of Bukit Cina, next to Sam Po Kong Temple.
Website: http://www.cuti.com.my/Sub/Melaka/guide_hlipoh.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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