The Legend of Pulau Tioman

The local legend reveals that:

A beautiful Dragon Princess once flew from China to the Land of Singa for her wedding;

Over the South China Sea,

She settled down to rest a while;

Sea was calm and caressing and the sun was warm on her back;

Overcome with pleasure,

She decided to stay and turned herself into an Island

- Pulau Tioman



A picture of a wooden tomb with Tioman Island's legend written on it.

"According to legend, as narrated by local folks and from signboard errected by the government, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess.  Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea.  Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey.  By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travelers."  (Original Version)

"Local mythology claims that the island is the embodiment of the mighty dragon Sri Gumom. The dragon was on his way to visit his sister Gunung Linga (Lingin Peak) but the great Sri Rama forbade the meeting and Sri Gumom was turned into a stone and fell into the deep sea where he now remains, frozen in eternity as this beautiful island with its distinctive topography." (Noted Additional Version, Unknown Source)

"Paulo Tymon", Nieuhof: Ambassade vers la Chine, 1665 (17th Century)

The narrated legend is believed to come into existence in the 15th Century from one of the 7 voyages of Admiral Zheng He of Ming dynasty China. (Noted by Professor Dr. Tan Man Ho in 1998)