Pangkor Island MalaysiaMalaysia is home to many beautiful island destinations. Among these, perhaps the most beautiful is the Pangkor Island. In fact, the name Pangkor itself is derived from the Thai words “Pang Ko”, meaning “Beautiful Island”. Let’s take a look at the three main attractions on the island.

Batu Bersurat

Batu Bersurat, which means rock Inscription in Malay, is located about 3 kilometres from Pangkor Town. It is a huge rock with various inscriptions, including the symbol of the Dutch East India Company (VOC, which stands for Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) and a rough graffiti of a tiger making off with a child. Legend goes that this graffiti was etched out by the Dutch as a memorial to the child of a Dutch official who went missing while playing near the rock in 1743.

Lin Je Kong Temple

Lin Je Kong Temple, located on the northern edge of Coral Beach is a beautiful one-of-its-kind temple. Lin Je Kong was built in the honour of Kuna Yin, known as the goddess of mercy. The temple has an interesting collection of statues of the Frog Prince, Donald Duck, giant mushrooms, a turtle and a mermaid. The statue of Donald Duck is located at the entrance of the temple and welcomes visitors, while the massive mermaid guards the waterfront. The temple is located between the Teluk Nipah waterfront and a forest.

Kota Belanda

Kota Belanda MalaysiaKota Belanda, also known as the Dutch Fort, is situated at Teluk Gadung, on the south-western part of the island. Initially, the Dutch named it Fort Dindingh after the Dingding River. Owing to its strategic location, Pangkor Island played a significant role in the tin trade. To establish monopoly over the trade, the Dutch built this fort in 1670. The huge walls and other parts of the fort were constructed with solid stone slabs. Although, most of this erstwhile grand structure lies in ruins, it is still popular among history buffs due to its old world charm. In fact, it is one of the most visited places in Pulau Pangkor.

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