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“Peaceful Temple with the famous's Well” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hang Li Po Well

Hang Li Po Well
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Full-Day Malacca Tour from Singapore
Singapore
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“Peaceful Temple with the famous's Well”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We took a taxi from hotel to Bukit Cina in one afternoon, just to pay our respect and pray at the temple. Temple is very very quiet without any one, not even tourist like us. Two old man selling fruits and durian in front of the entrance, both are sleeping. The famous will is right at the back of the temple, water is flowing from the tap when you turn it on, cool and clean after a few hundred years there. I tasted, very nice....with the peaceful feeling.

Visited February 2014
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“History meets Myth”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

This one place that I as a tour guide will bring tourist to, as for backpackers, I will only recommend you go if you really into history and legends of the Melaka Sultanate and history of Chinese descendant is Melaka. Hang Li Po is a "princess" of China that was sent to marry Melaka Sultan, no records found in China records. When first arrived in Melaka, the Sultan presented a hill to her and her followers. The hill is Bukit Cina (Chinese Hill), which is the cemetery behind the temple of Hang Li Po well. It is said that 7 wells were dug and two are left, wells that never dry even during the dry spells of 1991. It was said it is the only water source in Melaka that the Portuguese built the wall you see today to protect it from poison by enemy. It was poisoned twice during Portuguese occupation. Well water for drink? Not this well, try to get from the well behind the temple as it is treated. High in calcium, as I tell my tourist, rain water flows through 12000 plus skeleton from the hill into underground water source of the well.

Visited January 2014
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“A story of water through the ages”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

The Hang Li Po, or King's well was built by Sultan Mansur Syah for his wife from China. Regardless of lack of rain, the well has apparently never dried up. It became a strategic water supply and has been poisoned at various times by powers attacking Melaka. The Dutch built a guard house and wall around it, giving it the appearance of a small fort. However it fell into disrepair under British rule. There is a story that whoever drinks from the well will return to Melaka (given the poisoning, this will perhaps be in a coffin)
The well is adjacent to a Chinese temple. The same water which supplies the well also supplies the temple. It has special mineral properties which means that it forms a remarkable meniscus before overflowing any container into which it is poured.

Visited May 2013
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“A simple historical well”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

It's just like an ordinary well to an average person but to a historian, this well has its history. It's is said that this well never dries up even during the drought season. So it was the source of water for the folks asround the area during the old days.
Now, it is not properly maintained and the water is not that clean. It has now become a wishing well. I hope those wishes come true for those who believe in what they wish for.

Visited August 2012
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“A Historical Site - commemorating the early Chinese migrants”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

It's just a well - with some history.
Nothing to see, nothing else to do.
Some visitors tend to make the well, as if it is a wishing well and probably there might be over a ton of coins lying at the bottom of it by now.

Visited December 2012
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