Hang Li Poh was a Chinese princess who married the reigning Sultan Mansur Shah in mid-15th century. Diplomatic ties between China and Malacca then were reaching a high point. Upon arrival, the followers of the Chinese princess built a well in 1459 as the main source of water for much of the town. It is said that the well never dried up, not even during times of extreme drought. The Dutch enclosed the well within stout walls in 1677 to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. It has long since been converted into a wishing well.