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“Sam Po Well”

Bukit China (Chinese Hill)
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$52.00*
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Historical Malacca Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #42 of 144 things to do in Melaka
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Owner description: This fascinating hillside burial ground has a storied past; it should, as it dates back to the Ming dynasty.
Singapore
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“Sam Po Well”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Nothing special to rave about, after 20 years since I last visited, there is no change. Surrounding is very rundown, nothing much to comment, just re-living some old experience.

Visited November 2012
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“Enjoy a leisure walk in the cemetery”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

A great place to go for a jog in the evening. This is how some Malacca Chinese use to take exercise.

But beware of pick-pocket -- do not go alone unless it is during the peak hour, usually 5-6pm.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice scenic hill”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hill is filled with some very old Chinese graves, Not for the faint-hearted.

It is located near Little India. At the foot of the hill is the Sam Po Kong Temple and the WW2 memorial. One can enter via the footpath on the left of the temple.

Visited October 2012
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Shah Alam
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“A good place to sweat out & enjoy the scenery”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I grew up in Bukit China & its just a walk away from my grandmother's house which is still there till now... We had to walk about 2kms to the stairs 10 years back but now u can just climb the hill from the roadside as the soil are getting lower due to erosion...

This hill was once the earliest Chinese settlements in Malacca. It is of 26 hectares and is the largest Chinese graves outside China. It contains approximately 12.500 graves and many of the gravestones there is said to exist since the Ming Dynasty.

In the mid-15th century, Princess Hang Li Po, the great-grandson of Emperor Yong Lo, Chinese Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, was sent to Malacca to wed Sultan Mansor Shah in 1459 to further strengthen diplomatic relations between Malacca and China. His entourage Princess brings with capacity for 500 people. Bukit China, is a gift from the Sultan Mansur Shah and made their home until the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese.

One can still see the remaining of the tombs of the Chinese, some sooo big with lions statute, acting like guards to the graves. Go to the top of the hill and you can see the city of Melaka. My aunt, my uncle, my mom & me used to climb the hills on National Day so that u can see the flying jets & the procession from up above.. It was really fun! Now the hill is mostly used by joggers.. This place is usually popular amongst the Chinese Tourist because there is the Po Kong Temple as well the Hang Li Po Well.. The Hang Li Poh well was said to be poisoned by the Portuguese when they came to conquer Melaka. Some people believe that if u throw coins inside the well & make a wish, your dreams will come true, so there are lots of coins at the bottom of the well :)

This is a good place if u have a lot of free time & a place to sweat out & indulge yourself in nature.. But avoid going up there alone, always go in a group! Its best to go here early in the morning @ around 5 onwards :)

Visited September 2012
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“Nicely maintained”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

Jogging paths on the hill, on which many were buried. Chinese tombs scattered all over the hill. Hill is now well-maintained, with paths and steps. On the foot of the hill is the Sam Po Kong Temple as well the Hang Li Po Well - all relating to the history of Melaka, Admiral Cheng Ho, and Princess Hang Li Po from the Ming Dynasty of Mainland China who married the local Sultan Mansur Shah. One can taste the water from the well in the temple.

Visited December 2011
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