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Galang Vietnamese Refugee Camp

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Address: Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Hidden piece of political history

I didn't realise that this place existed. There is so much history and stories there that needs to be curated and displayed to visitors especially in a time like this now. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 29, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Hi i am a person lived in there on 1989 and was 2 and haft years with a lot of memory in there like a second land i was bond any way i love to see any one in the boat 1576 SG for get back all memory.Vien vu.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I didn't realise that this place existed. There is so much history and stories there that needs to be curated and displayed to visitors especially in a time like this now. The place was quiet and serene, almost surreal. Its a long drive from Batam just to visit this small place at the end of the three islands. But it... More 

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Kone, New Caledonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The vietnamese camp is à Nice " Green place" with monkeys . Good for the kids. The place is clean . The memorium is interresting and we realize It Was very close to pur period of Time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Interesting visit to see the way of live of the boat people, Vietnamese refugees. When you realise that these happened during your life time, you realise how fortunate you are! Do check out the goodess of mercy temple on the hill top, it has very nice view of the sea!

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Seongnam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2015

Place is of historical significance...but the 4 hour roundtrip from Batam was hardly worth it...lots of abandoned buildings, couple of boats that carried the refugees, and a small museum...

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

the only reason i visited was bc i was a resident of this camp back when it was first built. galang 1, as it was called, doesn't exist anymore. this attraction only has remnants of galang 2 and 3. i only know that bc i bumped into an indonesian security guard there who grew up at the camp and spoke... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015

There is not much to do and to see in Batam, so I would recommend to have a visit here, if one is in Batam. One needs own car, public transport there not convenient . Its a great area, which can only be explored by car. The cemetary is interesting and the small museum gives some basic information about this... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is my second visit to the Camp and this time I brought my children. My daughter was involved in some UN Youth activity so it was good for her to see how the UN worked to help the refugees. It was an education for my kids to not take their comfortable life and peace for granted. Managed to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

The refugee camp kept most of the things intact, with lots of photos displayed in one of the larger rooms. For most of us who has never seen or understood about refugees, it is a good learning experience to tour this place.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

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.... More 

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