Wells are among the famous human creation for fairy tales. Around the world there are many stories about wishing well. The ancient Germanic and Celtic considered wells and springs sacred places. They throw the armory of their defeated enemy in to the well after battles as an offering to their god. Normal practice for dealing with an ancient or luck well are throwing coins deep into it and widely accepted around the world. You can see Chinese or European throwing coins into a well for luck.
Apart of many old wells in Melaka including the Hang Li Poh Princess well, Well Of Hang Tuah (Perigi Hang Tuah) are the most famous. Although the history for Hang Tuah well a mostly legend it is still preserved by the government as it has known by the locals long ago. This different with Hang Li Poh well that has been written officially in history and used by the Portuguese and Dutch.
Hang Tuah is a Legendary Warrior cum Admiral in Melaka Sultanate about 14 to 15 century, strong and intelligent to serve the Malacca Sultanate court. As legend says that Hang Tuah had been travel to Arabs,India, Siam, Brunei, Java and China as Malacca diplomat and in the journey he has won all the fight with local fighter, pirates and emperors guard. The key of Hang Tuah ability is his magic chanting and Holy Kris that can make him immune from any weapons. In Hang Tuah Tale book written by anonymous, it said Hang Tuah once has been shoot with the Portuguese cannon at his chess but survive.
The Hang Tuah well said to be dug by him only and located in Duyong Village (Hang Tuah Birth Place 600 years ago) about 4 Kilometer from Melaka town. Acoording to the legend it is believed that a white crocodile (the Kramat of Hang Tuah) dwells in this well and those who are able to see the spirit (Kramat) will be bestowed with good luck. The water also can make your face more younger but not proven scientifically. As typical story of all ancient wells, the water in this well also never dried even in drought time.
All the well compound has been upgraded with roof all over.
Picture at the wall of the well compound, legendary fight of Hang Tuah.
Duyong Old Mosque not far from the well.
Coordinates: 2°12’0″N 102°17’49″E
Map of Perigi Hang Tuah:
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