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Pulau Sudong

Pulau Sudong
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 苏东岛
 • Pinyin sūdōng dǎo
 • Malay Pulau Sudong
Country Singapore

Pulau Sudong is a 209-hectare coral island off the southern coast of Singapore, it was enlarged through a land reclamation process during the late 1970s.


  • Restricted area 1
  • Etymology and history 2
  • Panoramic image 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5
  • External links 6

Restricted area

Since the early 1980s, Pulau Sudong, together with Pulau Senang and Pulau Pawai, have formed the Singapore Armed Forces southern islands military training area and live-firing zone.[1] (See Figure 1). As with all other military installations in Singapore, the entire live-firing zone is strictly off limits to all civilians at all times of the day and night.[2] The only exceptions to this are for workers who are contracted by MINDEF to perform maintenance on the island's area calibration facilities.

The island's airstrip and dock are maintained by SAF, with most areas covered by dense vegetation - the island is a wildlife heaven for migratory birds and plants alike.

Etymology and history

Sudong is the same as tudong in Malay, a cone-shaped food cover made from matting; it is also used as head covers by padi planters.

The government malaria research station, originally on Pulau Belakang Mati, was on the island.

Panoramic image

The Southern Islands, Singapore. Panoramic view of Pulau Satumu (Raffles Lighthouse), Pulau Biola, Pulau Senang, Pulau Pawai and Pulau Sudong, from Pulau Semakau. (Note: This is as close as you can get to see the islands due to its military sensitivity.)


  1. ^ Live explosive being tested on civilian structure in the Southern islands live-firing area.
  2. ^ Typical MINDEF notice during live-firing ex


  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3

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