Dungun District

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Dungun District
Malaysia District of Malaysia
Daerah Dungun
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi دوڠون
 • Chinese 龙运县
 • Tamil டுங்குன்
Flag of Dungun District
Location of Dungun District in Terengganu
Location of Dungun District in Terengganu
Dungun District is located in Malaysia
Dungun District
Dungun District
Location of Dungun District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 4°45′N 103°25′E / 4.750°N 103.417°E / 4.750; 103.417Coordinates: 4°45′N 103°25′E / 4.750°N 103.417°E / 4.750; 103.417
Country  Malaysia
State  Terengganu
Granted District status 1 January 1974
Granted Municipality status 25 July 2008
Seat Kuala Dungun
Local area government(s) Dungun Municipal Council
 • District officer Yasim Awang[1]
 • Total 2,735.03 km2 (1,056.00 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 154,932
 • Estimate (2014)[2] 170,000
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC+8)
Postcode 23xxx
Calling code +6-09-6
Vehicle registration plates T

Dungun is a coastal district of the Malaysian state of Terengganu. Kuala Dungun is the capital of the district. Dungun is made up of eleven 'mukim', or subdistricts: Abang, Besol, Jengai, Jerangau, Kuala Dungun, Kuala Paka, Kumpal, Pasir Raja, Rasau, Sura, and Hulu Paka.

Kuala Dungun used to be an iron mining town in the 1940s. Iron ore was mined in a small town inland called Bukit Besi located to the west, while Kuala Dungun served as the port where the ore was transferred onto ships. Kuala Dungun and Bukit Besi were connected by a railway line that not only served the mining industry but also served as public transportation for inland villagers, the Dungun township and its businesses.

This "golden" era ended in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When the mines were gradually closed down, the rail service stopped and the company left the area. Bukit Besi is now a Government-financed plantation estate; the rolling hills and old British architecture are now long gone, replaced by Felda Estate housing and palm oil trees. Kuala Dungun is now just another town on the coast of Terengganu, sorely bereft of cultural activities, with no cinemas, and only comes alive every Thursday when the weekly night market opens up for business. It is well known as the biggest night market in Terengganu and features second-hand clothing (imported from Japan and the United States) and also food of all sorts. People from the outskirts flow into town for the cheap goods. The night market is situated right in the middle of town, taking over a portion of the old railway line.

Nowadays, it is not a busy small town anymore. There are still pockets of fishing and farming families and some people involved in small businesses, while a large part of the population are involved with the petroleum industry concentrated in another township to the south, Kerteh.

Administrative divisions

Dungun District is divided into 11 mukims, which are:[4]

Administrative divisions of Dungun District

See also


  1. ^ Administrator. "Pegawai Daerah / Pentadbir Tanah Dungun". pdtdungun.terengganu.gov.my. 
  2. ^ a b Administrator. "Pengenalan Daerah Dungun". pdtdungun.terengganu.gov.my. 
  3. ^ "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ http://apps.water.gov.my/jpskomuniti/dokumen/DUNGUN_PROFIL_FEBRUARI_2011.pdf
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