Pekan is thought to exist since the time of Old Pahang Kingdom. Its old name was Inderapura, also commonly known as ‘Pura’ which in turns means city and the Malays called it ‘Pekan’. According to old folks tale, a flowering plant named Bunga Pekan used to grow wild at the banks of Pahang River, and the town therefore named after the flower. The Bunga Pekan flower is said to be white like jasmine. Other sources say the name Pekan came from the word “Pekan Sehari” which means Sunday market, whereby the word “Sehari” was omitted and the locals simply called it “Pekan”.
Pekan is the Royal Town of Pahang, Malaysia. It is located on the banks of the Pahang River about 50 km south of Kuantan and 280 km from Kuala Lumpur. Pekan has eleven sub-districts, which are Pekan town, Bebar, Ganchong, Kuala Pahang, Langgar, Lepar, Pahang Tua, Penyor, Pulau Manis, Pulau Rusa and Temal.
There are flights to Kuantan provided by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. From the airport, guests may hail up a taxi to Pekan.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the east coast highway exiting at the Gambang Interchange to the Tun Razak Highway. The Tun Razak Highway links Segamat and Kuantan respectively. Thus, it is also an alternative for people coming from Johor. From Johor, Pekan is accessible by a scenic coastal road that runs through Kuala Rompin.
Pekan is accessible from Kuantan by three routes, namely by the Tun Razak Highway, or using Jalan Pekan on Federal Route 3 or taking the Tanjung Lumpur Highway that passes Tanjung Lumpur, Penor and Ceruk Paloh along the way.
For family vacation or leisure, this place provides a satisfactory comfort during your stay in Pekan.
Sultan Abu Bakar Museum in Pekan is a good place for visitors to gain knowledge on Pahang’s history. One of the example of unique artefacts being displayed here is the keris, a type of Malay dagger. Other nearby places of interest includes the Royal Palace, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque, Royal Mausoleum, the Royal Pahang Polo Field, the Royal Pekan Golf Club and the Pahang Royal Silk Weaving Centre.
Pekan is about 15 minutes drive from clean, sandy beaches. There is Lagenda Beach north on the way to Kuantan or the 16th Mile Beach south on the way to Kuala Rompin.
A one-hour drive from Pekan brings visitors to Lake Chini. It is one of the largest freshwater lake in Malaysia. Lake Chini offers exciting nature activities such as jungle trekking and various boat trips.
Pekan is home to the Chiefs’ Rest House. It was originally built by the British in 1926 as a guesthouse for the Chieftains who visited Pekan to attend meetings and events at the royal palace. Today, visitors may put up an advance booking for a room and experience the feeling of being a Chieftain. Most of the furnitures were originally brought from the royal palace.
Pekan offers a variety of delicious food. One particular breakfast menu is the ‘roti naik’, bakery made hot small buns look-alike but with a completely different taste. Murtabak Pekan is also a special dish, being one of the favourite dish of the late Sultan Pahang for breaking fast and it is also known as Murtabak Sultan or Murtabak Mawar.