Pulau Jong

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Coordinates: 1°12′54″N 103°47′12″E / 1.21500°N 103.78667°E / 1.21500; 103.78667

Pulau Jong
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 炯岛
 • Pinyin jiǒng dǎo
 • Malay Pulau Jong
Pulau Jong in 2006
Pulau Jong in 2006
Country Singapore

Pulau Jong or Junk Island is a 6,000 m² conical island about 6 kilometres off the southern coast of Singapore. The small island lies north of Pulau Sebarok and the former Pulau Sakeng (now merged with Pulau Semakau). The island is uninhabited.

Etymology[edit]

According to a local legend behind the island's name, a Chinese junk was attacked by Malay pirates one night where the island now is. Just as the pirates were about to board the junk, the captain (the Nakhodah) awoke. When the captain saw the pirates, he uttered such a frightful yell that the sea spirit turned the whole junk into an island.

References[edit]

  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3

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