Pulau Ujong

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Pulau Ujong
Native name: Pulau Ujong
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Pulau Ujong, also known as Singapore Island.
Location Southeast Asia
Archipelago Malay Archipelago
Area 710 km2 (270 sq mi)
Highest point Bukit Timah
Government of Singapore
Capital city Singapore
Largest settlement Singapore (pop. 5 million)
Population 5,469,700 (as of 2014)[1]
Density 7,618 /km2 (19,731 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Chinese Singaporean
Malay Singaporean
Singapore Indians

Pulau Ujong (Malay: literally 'island at the end of the peninsula') or Singapore Island is the main island of Singapore. It forms the majority of the country in terms of area and population.[clarification needed] With a population of 5,469,700 and an area of 710 square kilometres, Pulau Ujong is the 21st most populous island in the world and the 31st most densely populated island in the world.[1] Its highest point is Bukit Timah at 165 metres.

It was the easiest reference to the Singapore Island[clarification needed] as anyone travelling from the Straits of Malacca to the South China Sea or vice versa would have to pass the island, hence giving it the name. Like Johor's old name, Ujong Tanah meaning "Land's End", the island was known better by the Orang laut as Pulau Ujong literally meaning "End Island". The 3rd-century Chinese reference to Pu Luo Chung (蒲罗中)corresponds to the Malay reference known as Pulau Ujong.[2]

According to a third-century book Record of Foreign countries during the Eastern Wu Period (吴时外国传), Pu Luo Jong (Pulao Ujong) was inhabited by cannibals with five to six inch tails.[3]


  1. ^ a b "2014 Population in Brief". Population SG. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Xu Yunqiao History of South East Asia 1961 Singapore World Publishing Co. 许云樵 《南洋史》 星洲世界书局 1961年
  3. ^ Record of Foreign Countries during the Eastern Wu Period, section on Pu Luo Jong 许云樵 《康泰吴时外国传辑注》 四十四-四十五页 1971 新加坡南洋研究所出版
  • Victor R Savage; Brenda Yeoh (2004). Toponymics A Study of Singapore's Street Names. Eastern University Press. ISBN 981-210-364-3. 

Coordinates: 1°22′N 103°48′E / 1.367°N 103.800°E / 1.367; 103.800