Pangkor Island has a lot of things to brag about, the unscathed beaches, the virgin rainforest, the rich marine and coral life and the local culture, but another interesting part is the numerous historical sites which serves as a visible and tangible link with the people who made history in Pulau Pangkor. Well-preserved historic attractions in Pangkor include the Dutch Fort, Batu Bersurat, Kali Amman Temple, Fu Lin Kong Temple, Lin Je Kong temple and The Tombs. Many people often disregard the historical importance of the Dutch Tomb thinking it is only a typical abandoned cemetery. However, the century-old graveyard is as significant as other historic sites as it shows some of the earliest local history in Pangkor Island.
The Dutch had been part of Malaysia’s history since early 16th century and steadily expanded its ruling throughout the region until 17th century, monopolizing the tin trade in the state of Perak. Even with the coming of the British in the 18th century, they still played a huge part in the defeat of The Netherlands in 1795. Although the British manipulated the tin trade in the 19th Century, there are still a number of Dutch who lived in Perak and, most particularly, in Pangkor Island. [Read more…]