Galang Island, Riau Island, Indonesia.
Trip Start Feb 06, 2009
7Trip End Feb 08, 2009
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Galang (Indonesian: Pulau Galang), is an island, 80KM located 350m southeast of Batam, belonging to a group of three island called Barelang. (abbreviation of Batam-Rempang-Galang) A member of Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, Halang is located just south of SIngapore and Johor. The nearest city to Galang is Tanjung Pinang or Bintan Island, situated about half an hours boat ride. There was a UNHCR main administration office to run the Galang Refugee Camp during the period of 1979 - 1996 where many Vietnamese Boat People and asylum seekers were temporarily accomodated during the determination of their refugee status and their subsequent resettlement in the USA, Australia and other European Countries. Many Vietnamese from their new resettled countries have come back to visit Galang over the years.Today, Galang Island (Ex Sinam Camp) is managed by Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA). In 1992 according to Presidential Decree No. 28/1992, the expansion of BIDA Working Area include Rempang Island, Galang Island and small islands surrounded.
BIDA build 6 bridges which has been inaugurated on January 25, 1998. The bridges is to connect by land between Batam Island - Tonton Island - Nipah Island - Setoko Island - Rempang Island - Galang Island - Galang Baru (New Galang) Island in order to develop all these islands.