Melekeok (Japanese: マルキョク州) is a state of the Republic of Palau located on the central east coast of Babeldaob Island. The seat of government of the country, Ngerulmud, is located in the state. The state consists of long beaches, hills, steep ridges, rivers, and the largest and only natural freshwater lake in the Republic of Palau and Micronesia, Lake Ngardok.

Flag of Melekeok
Location of Melekeok in Palau
Location of Melekeok in Palau
Country Palau
 • Total11 km2 (4 sq mi)
 • Total277
 • Density25/km2 (65/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codePW-212
Map of State of Melekeok

Political systemEdit

The state of Melekeok, with population of less than 300, has an elected chief executive, governor. The state also has a legislature elected every four years.[1] The state population elects one of the members in the House of Delegates of Palau.


Melekeok is located on the eastern coast of the largest island in the Palau Archipelago, Babeldaob or Babelthuap in some cases. Melekeok State extends from a lagoon, on the east coast, to the Central Divide or Rael Kedam to the west, and is approximately 11 square miles (28 km2) in total area. The state is bordered by Ngiwal State to the north, Ngchesar State to the south, and Ngaremlengui State to the west. The state's coasts consist of long beaches and mangrove forests; the interior consists of swampy marshes, steep, rolling hills covered with sparse vegetation in the interior, and thick forests along the eastern flanks of the Rael Kedam Divide.

The capitol building of Palau, Melekeok

Melekeok's Lake Ngardok is the largest natural body of fresh water in all of Micronesia at 4.93 square kilometres (1.90 sq mi); it has a small population of saltwater crocodiles Crocodylus porosus.

State organizationsEdit

The State of Melekeok consists of eight inhabited villages: Ngeburch, Ngeruling, Ngermelech, Melekeok, Ngerubesang, Ngeremecheluch, Ertong, Ngerulmud. The state capitol is located in the settlement of Ngerulmud. The Republic of Palau's Capitol Complex is located on a hill, northwest of the village of Melekeok.


According to the 2005 census, 391 people resided in the State of Melekeok.[2] They are distributed among seven villages, with Melekeok being the largest. The new capital, Ngerulmud, had not been established at the time of the census.

  1. Melekeok (271)
  2. Ertong (20)
  3. Ngeburch (34)
  4. Ngeremecheluch (38)
  5. Ngermelech (5)
  6. Ngerubesang (12)
  7. Ngeruling (21)


The Ministry of Education operates public schools.

The Melkeok Elementary School consists of a two-story building.[3]

The Palau High School in Koror is the country's only public high school, so children from this community go there.[4]

Registered attractionsEdit

  • 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), Melekeok Village


  1. ^ "State/National Election Schedule". Palau Election Commission. 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Palau Census 2005" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Melkeok Elementary School Archived 2018-08-09 at the Wayback Machine." Ministry of Education (Palau). Retrieved on February 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "About Archived 2018-03-03 at the Wayback Machine." Palau High School. Retrieved on February 22, 2018.

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Coordinates: 7°29′N 134°36′E / 7.483°N 134.600°E / 7.483; 134.600