Ngarchelong

Ngarchelong (Japanese: アルコロン州) is a state in Palau. Ngarchelong is at the northernmost tip of the island of Babeldaob. Only the state of Kayangel is farther north. Ngarchelong is an important historical site and has undergone archeological excavation.

Ngarchelong
Flag of Ngarchelong
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Location of Ngarchelong in Palau
Location of Ngarchelong in Palau
Country Palau
CapitalMengellang
Area
 • Total10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 Census)
 • Total316
 • Density32/km2 (82/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codePW-218
Previous flag of Ngarchelong

Ngarchelong is the site of ancient stone monoliths which are mysterious in origin. Traditional Palaun religion regarded these stone monoliths as sacred prayer ground. There are other stone monoliths located in and around the islands but one will not see as many as there are in Ngarchelong.

The state has a population of slightly under 500 people, making it the fifth most populated of Palau's sixteen states, although it is ranked thirteenth in land (with only about 10 square kilometers). The village of Mengellang serves as the state capital, and lies toward the south of the state. Mengellang and Ollei are the state's main population centers.

Political systemEdit

The state of Ngarchelong, with population of less than 350, has an elected chief executive, governor. The state also has a legislature elected every two years.[1] The state population elects one of the member in the House of Delegates of Palau.

EducationEdit

The Ministry of Education operates public schools.

Ngarchelong Elementary School, established in 1947, moved to its current site in Bai ra Mengellang from the original site in the community bai of Yebong hamlet in 1953. Its current building opened in 1964. It served students from Choll.[2] Ngaraard Elementary School in Ngaraard formerly served Ngarchelong.[3]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "State/National Election Schedule". Palau Election Commission. 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Ngarchelong Elementary School Archived 2018-10-17 at the Wayback Machine." Ministry of Education (Palau). Retrieved on February 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ngaraard Elementary School Archived 2018-03-03 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.

Coordinates: 7°42′N 134°37′E / 7.700°N 134.617°E / 7.700; 134.617