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Island of Pulau Ketam

During a recent public holiday, a group of Lomographers had an outing to a historical Island of Malaysia, Pulau Ketam. That was my first visit to this island. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is well-known as a fishing village, where most the people there work as fishermen.

During a recent public holiday, a group of Lomographers had an outing to a historical Island of Malaysia, Pulau Ketam. That was my first visit to this island. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is well-known as a fishing village, where most the people there work as fishermen.

All buildings on the island are built 3-5 feet above the swampland. During high tide, houses look like “floating on the water”. And so, the “floating houses” and the unique lifestyle became the main attraction of visitors to this island. If you visit the island during day when it’s ebb tide, you will see a very beautiful scenery where the beach is full of crabs, and that’s how I understood why they named it Crab Island.

There are also many heritage buildings on the island which are worth shooting with your Lomo camera. As I heard, long time ago the Pulau Ketam was once a desolated small island. There were 3 fishermen from Port Klang first traveling to the island daily to catch crabs for their living.

They started with building a small house for staying overnights. Slowly and later in 1883, the population on the island increased. When Tanah Melayu (Malaysia land) was conquered by Japanese, a lot of people escaped to Pulau Ketam because it was safe and peaceful. In 1999, the new ferry service has began, and it became easier for travelers to visit the island by taking the KTM train from Kuala Lumpur Central to Port Klang terminal and take the ferry at a very cheap fee. The ferry services work basically from 9am – 6pm daily.

Link: http://www.pulauketam.com/

written by dickwoei

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