Places to visit

The Tomb of Raja Ali Haji

Overview

The Tomb of Raja Ali HajiThe tomb of Raja Ali Haji is situated on Penyengat Indera Sakti Island, Kepulauan Riau province.  It is the tomb of a famous leader not only in this province, but also in other parts of Indonesia.  This island is synonymous with the great poet. For the local Malay, particularly those living on Malacca peninsula, he is a great hero who is respected and honored.

His full name is Raja Ali al-Hajj ibni Raja Ahmad al-Hajj ibni Raja Haji Fisabilillah bin Opu Daeng Celak, alias Engku Haji Ali ibni Engku Haji Ahmad Riau .  Born in 1808, or 1193 Hijriah, in Riau -Lingga Sultanate on Penyengat Island, Raja Ali Haji died in 1873 on the same island.

The Tomb of Raja Ali Haji is located within the cemetery of Engku Putri Raja Hamidah, outside the main building of the Tomb of Engku Putri Raja Hamidah.  Inside this main building, you will find an excerpt of the famous “Gurindam Dua Belas” poem. (the Twelve Aphorism).  The Tomb of Raja Ali Haji itself has a green roof.  Two grave stones on this tomb are properly covered with yellow fabrics.

To Stay

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Novotel Batam

Jalan Duyung Sei Jodoh, Batam, Indonesia, 29432 Batam

The Centro Hotel & Residence

Jl Central Raya no 8, The Central Sukajadi, 29463 Batam Center

Crown Vista Hotel

Komp. Top View Garden, 29432 Nagoya

Penuin Hotel

Gedung Penuin Shopping center, Lt II Komplek Penuin center, Nagoya, Batam Island, 29432 Nagoya

Cittic Batam Hotel

Jalan Sriwijaya No.23, Batam, 29432 Nagoya

Batam Centre Hotel

Komplek Reffles City Blok E, No 6-9, 29432 Batam Center

SouthLinks Country Club

Jl.Gajah Mada km 9, Sei ladi, 29444 Nagoya

HARRIS Hotel Batam Center

Jl. Engku Putri, 29461 Batam Center

Harmoni One Convention Hotel and Service Apartments

Jalan Engku Putri No 1, 29444 Batam Center

Mercure Batam

Jl Raden Patah 12, Batam, Indonesia, 29432 Batam

Hotel Royal Batam

Jl Raden Patah 12 29432 Batam Centre

Swiss-Inn Batam

Komplex Villa Idaman Baloi, Jodoh, Indonesia, 29432 Jodoh

To Stay

There are no hotels or commercial inns on this island. If you want, some of the locals provide homestays. But there are also a lot of affordable hotels in Tanjung Pinang.

To Buy

Another reason to stay in Tanjung Pinang:â gift shops are abound. There’s no particular souvenir outlet in Penyengat Island. So the next best thing is buying local handicrafts from Tanjung Pinang’s shops.

Get Around

To travel around Penyengat Island, you can take a “Becak Motor (Bemor)” (a three wheel motor vehicles) for Rp 20,000 (2 US Dollars).â  On the island, visitors will not find any cars or similar vehicles.

Get There

The Tomb of Raja Ali HajiThere are regular daily ferries from Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia to north Bintan as well as to Tanjung Pinang (for details see To Get There in the article on Bintan Island)

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