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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp

Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp
Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Galang
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This is the place where we can learn the human tragedy and the history of Indonesia's presence on the International stage. We are transported back to a part tragedy when thousands of Vietnemese left their country to seek refugee by using wooden boats. We visited the barrack where the refugee lived, the church, the vihara, the hospital and the cemetry. We also saw their boat used in 1975 by hundreds of vietnemes to flee across sea from their country because of civil war. It took us around 30 minutes from balerang bridge to reach there. No public transportation so you can hire car or taxi from batam.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Just a simple ordinary exhibit not a museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nothing much on Pulau Galang, except for this "museum" with small exhibits and a wooden shacky chapel. The beaches were horrendously murky and filthy and not worth the 1-1.5 hour drive from Batam Centre. Can give it a miss.

Visited August 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is probably the most interesting place to visit from Batam. It is a little far and you will need your own vehicle. This place is the remnant of what was previously a refugee camp. During the Vietnam war when refugees arrived on he shores of Singapore, they were invariably dragged back out to sea by the Singapore Navy and Army commandos. So it was very kind of the Indonesians to provide a place for the refugees. Yet this place has all the gloom and tragedy. This place is said to be haunted as there were many suicides during that time. It is a reminder to cherish what we have in our current life.

Visited April 2012
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