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Capitol building in Ngerulmud
Location of Ngerulmud in the State of Melekeok

Ngerulmud is the capital of the Republic of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The city is located in the state of Melekeok on Babeldaob, the country's largest island, 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Koror and 2 km (1 mile) northwest of Melekeok village.[1]

The previous capital was located provisionally in Koror. The country's constitution directed the Palau National Congress to relocate a permanent capital in Babeldaob, within ten years of the constitution's effective date.[2] The new capital's planning began in 1986, when a contract for the construction of the capitol complex was assigned to a Hawaii-based architecture firm, but further progress was not made until the early 2000s.

Containing separate buildings for the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, connected via a central open plaza, the complex cost over US$45 million, and was officially opened on 7 October 2006, with over 5,000 people in attendance.[3] Government officials moved their offices from Koror to Ngerulmud shortly after.[4][5][6]


Coordinates: 7°30′2″N 134°37′27″E / 7.50056°N 134.62417°E / 7.50056; 134.62417