is a popular island resort in Singapore. A major tourist destination with many attractions, Sentosa receives two million visitors a year. Among the attractions at Sentosa include a sheltered beach of more than two kilometres in length, a historical fort, an aquarium, a couple of golf courses and two five-star hotels.
View of the resorts being developed on Sentosa Islandhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_view_of_Sentosa.jpg
Sentosa Island was formerly known as Pulau Belakang Mati, which in Malay means the "Island of Death from Behind". Variations to the name "Pulau Belakang Mati" have been found in maps dating as early as the 17th and 18th century, though in many cases, it is uncertain which island the name refers. Moreover, the island has undergone several name changes.
Up to 1830, it was called Pulau Panjang (Long Island). There is a possibility that "Belakang Mati" was a name given to just a hill on the island by the Malay villagers living there, not to the whole island. The island was renamed Sentosa Island in 1972 when efforts were initiated to give it a rebranding. The name Sentosa means "peaceful" in the Malay language.
According to Yeo Tze Yang, student of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, in his essay An Erased History of Pulau Belakang Mati
, a group of Yeo clansmen from Meishan Village in Dongshan County, Fujian Province
, settled at Pulau Belakang Mati in the early 20th century to escape political turmoil in China. Their descendants lived there until 1975, when they were relocated and resettled by the government.
In 1827, Captain Edward Lake of the Bengal Engineers proposed an alternative name for Belakang Mati as the "Island of St George". However, the island was seen as too unhealthy for habitation and his proposed name was never realised.
In 1972, the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board held a contest in which the name Sentosa was selected. The name means "peace and tranquility" in Malay.
Transport on Sentosa Island
The Sentosa Express
is a mass transit monorail train that forms the backbone of public transport on Sentosa Island.
Sights & Attractions on Sentosa Island
- Imagined Malaysia: An Erased History of Pulau Belakang Mati by Yeo Tze Yang
Thank you for using my website!
Hello and thank you for reading this page. My name is Tim
. I wrote this page to compile what I discover, for my own knowledge, and also to share it with people who might find it useful. It is part of three inter-connected websites: Penang Travel Tips
and Timothy Property Mart
I am a real estate agent, food blogger, amateur historian and travel author. This website is an encyclopedia as well as a business directory. As a real estate agent, I help people buy, sell, rent and let properties. If you have a property to sell or rent in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh or Malacca, my team of realtors and I can help you. If you operate a restaurant, can write about your food and promote your restaurant. I can also help you engage other food bloggers to write about your food. And finally, if you are operating a business anywhere in Malaysia, you can add your shop to this website and be found by lots of customers. All you need to do is contact me with what you need.
You can do many things directly from this website. If you are visiting Penang, I can arrange for you a tour guide and/or driver
to show you around. If you are traveling by bus anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, you can book your bus ticket
. If you seek accommodation, you can get hotel room rates
As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's message to all who need it, anywhere in the world. If you are open to hearing it, please read God's Good News to You
If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form
. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook
. See you!
Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.