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Melekeok is a city in the island country of Palau. It has served as Palau's capital city since 2006, despite its small population of about 250 people. It is the smallest national capital in the world by population.

Get in[edit]

Follow the paved or "compact" road (as the locals call it) north from Koror Airport. There are two turn-offs (marked clearly by road signs) that will lead you to Melekeok. The south turn-off (which you will see first as you approach from Koror) is paved for approximately 50 meters before turning abruptly into a dirt road that approaches the capitol building from the south. The north turn-off (second as you approach from Koror) is paved the whole way, and approaches the capitol building from the west.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the best option for getting around this sparsely populated area. The roads here tend to be in very good condition and the traffic very light.

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Palau's capitol building

Melekeok is home to Palau's capitol complex, which is a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Koror. The picturesque capitol grounds include the judicial, legislative and executive buildings for the national government. The capitol complex remains controversial to many locals, given its expansive size and cost relative to the country's tiny population.

Odalmelech (Ngermelech Gods carved from Stone)

Ngermelech Village; Meteu el Klechem

Melekeok Village; Did el Bad er a Beriber (Ancient Dock's stone bridge)

Melekeok Village; Ngermecheluch Site

Ngerang; Bai el Melekeong/Euang el Chades( Melekeok's Bai and its platform of four),

Melekeok Village; Lomech er Ngii el mora Ngeremecheluch (ancient stone path)

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Melekeok Pier and Beach. Continue east, then south from the capitol building to the Melekeok state building. There is a small beach and a long concrete pier. If you set foot on either of these, government employees *will* come out of the adjacent building after the fact to charge you a small fee of $2-5 (depending on whether you've just walked the pier, or actually entered the water as well).  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Melekeok Ar Shoppe, 1765439,Lekton Roade (from east palau to central palau,take a right. turn left. go straight until you reach Ainek Ave. turn right again. turn left again. You've reached Southwest 36th St. now turn right onto Northwest 37th St. take the Meleburg Bridge and wait until you reach the Alum Lake which leads into the Arafura Sea from the right. but keep left. turn right off the Meleburg Bridge. the Shoppe is surrounded by Clocktowers and Fire\Water pools. when you reach that area,move into the parking lot. find a space,and go inside.), 1739-87654, [1]. open 7:00 AM to midnight.. this mall in central Palau has resteraunts,shopping centers,a kids playspace,even a Sportsroom! on the upper handles of Ar Shoppe,you will find a large bridge outside the window from which you can see it. the Meleburg Brdge is the city's symbol for peace,and around dawn,it becomes a hotel and the rest of the shoppe closes. then is nature time. people can stay in the hotels and watch the sunset,go out to,or just play. the shoppe re-opens at 8:30 PM & closes fully at midnight. $3.00 for stays.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Johnny's Steakhouse, 122879 (from central Palau to Southwestern Palau take E-43 Expressway. turn East onto the Keliber Turnpike (pay tolls ahead). turn off of E-43 and take a right into E-47. take the highway and then take the bridge downward. park,go inside,and eat.), 1725-3456978, [2]. Noon to Midnight.. Johnny's Steakhouse is a delight for steaklovers. the Dark Sea is also visible (that's what the downward spiral bridge is for). They have lots to choose from,and have a sportscam,and other cool things. $1.99. (40,134) edit
  • Okemii Deli Cafe. A family-owned seaside cafe with an outdoor patio. Specialties include fresh fish and other entrees in the $6-10 range (as of September 2014). Their coffee also appears to be unlimited. From the capitol building, head east until the end of the road; then turn right (south). The cafe will be on the left side. Or, from the Melekeok pier, head north, in which case the cafe will be on the right side.  edit

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