Attractions in Pulau Pangkor - History And Religion
Historically, Pangkor Island was a refuge for local fishermen, merchants and pirates. In the 17th century, the Dutch built a fort to control the Perak tin trade known as the Dutch Fort. In 1874, it was the location of a historical treaty between the British government and a contender for the Perak throne (the Pangkor Treaty), which began the British colonial domination of the Malay Peninsula. The old British name for the Pangkor Island group was the Dindings.
There are three type of major ethnics in Pangkor, that is Malay, Chinese and India. We will get three type of religion building in Pangkor Island as a popular tourist spot.
History And Religion Attractions in Pangkor Island
1. Dutch Fort
Dutch Fort ( Kota Belanda )
The Dutch Fort is the remnants of an outpost of Dutch attempts to control trade in the Malay peninsula. The Dutch called it Fort Dindingh. The fort was built in 1670 by the Dutch, with the purpose of the storage and protection of tin supplies from the sultanate of Perak.
2. Batu Bersurat
Batu Bersurat (Sacred Rock / Tiger Rock)
Batu Bersurat or called as Sacred Rock / Tiger Rock in Pangkor Island is a large rock at Kampung Teluk Gedung inscribed with graffiti made by Dutch soldiers in the 1700’s. These soldiers were based in the Dutch Fort just about 200 metres away.
3. Floating Mosque
This Floating Mosque is an iconic monument of Pangkor Island, al-Badr Seribu Selawat Mosque is the first floating mosque in Perak. The mosque has been appropriately named Seribu Selawat in reference to the 1,000 prayers that have been carved on the walls and pillars of the mosque, inside and out. Another distinctive feature of the mosque is the unique Perak architecture, with aspects of Turkish and Middle Eastern influences.
4. Masjid Sungai Pinang Kecil
Masjid Sungai Pinang Kecil / Masjid Al-Khairiah
5. Fu Lin Kong Temple
Fu Lin Kong Temple
The Fu Lin Kong Temple is located on the east coast of Pangkor Island. Fu Lin Kong Temple is the biggest Taoist temple Pangkor Island. There are a number of Chinese in Pangkor Island who adhere to the Taoist doctrine. The temple is the center of worship of Taoism in Pangkor Island.
6. Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple
Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple
Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple is located on the waterfront at Sungai Pinang Besar, Pangkor. Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple (also called as Kali Amman Temple ) is Pangkor’s only Hindu temple, and also Malaysia’s only sea-facing Indian shrine. The temple has been rebuilt and re-opened in 2019 and now boasts a new shrine.
7. Lin Je Kong Temple
Lin Je Kong Temple
Lin Je Kong Temple, situated on the northern end of the Coral Beach, Pangkor Island. Lin Je Kong Temple is a temple for the psychedelics, with giant statues of dragon, mushrooms, mermaids etc. Lin Je Kong is popular with photo-snapping families, Lin Je Kong visits are as much about the sea views as the shrine.
8. Galeri Panorama Pangkor
Galeri Panorama Pangkor
Galeri Panorama Pangkor is a small gallery of the history of Pangkor Island. Don’t forget to go to the backside of the Gallery as you’ll find a nice place to take photos. Address: 178, Jalan Besar, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia.