Along with the abundant larger nearby Bangka Island and different smaller islands, the island-cluster was once a section inside the Province of South Sumatra. But in 2000, the island cluster was officially declared the thirty 1st province of Indonesia referred to as the Bangka Belitung Islands Province. Belitung Island itself is split into a pair of districts, the Belitung district with capital Tanjung Pandan city, and additionally the East Belitung District with Manggar city as its capital.
In September 2005, a native Belitung author, Andrea Hirata, revealed a totally distinctive entitled “Laskar Pelangi” or the Rainbow troops. Set inside the enchanting Belitung Island, the novel was widely acclaimed and even crossed geographical and language barriers as a result of it's been translated into English, Malay, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. Later, in 2008, the novel was created into a movie, and additionally the enchanting sceneries of Belitung Island were introduced to the rest of the world. The name”Laskar Pelangi” even became the name of the island’s seaport following the movie’s fantastic success.
Once solely referred to as a mining island producing tin, quartz sand, and Kaolin, the Laskar Pelangi movie revealed the enchanting fantastic issue regarding Belitung Island that had long been overlooked. Though not as widespread as Bali or Lombok, Belitung is blessed with variety of the foremost effective beaches of the country. The sand is soft and as white as palm sugar, and a number of even argue that the sand here is even whiter than that in Bali.
The most distinct choices of the Belitung Beaches are the fascinating granite rock formations that unfold through its shallow shores. Ranging from several cubic meters, these massive granite rocks can live up to the dimensions of a typical house. Some formations of these massive rocks even have short tunnels beneath, making this an exciting playground for guests to clean in its calm waters. One in each of the foremost iconic granite rock beach sceneries is found at the Tanjung Tinggi Beach, that was featured inside the Laskar Pelangi movie.
There are different beaches that provide similar sights of magnificent granite rock formations and relaxing atmosphere, among them are: Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Burung Mandi (Bathing Birds) Beach, Tanjung Binga Beach, Punai Beach, and Membalong Beach.
Belitung is additionally surrounded by over 100 very little islands. The bulk of them are embellished with white sand and granite rocks, and solely variety of are inhabited. One island specifically, the Lengkuas Island is that the online web site of a nineteenth century antique light-weight house. The sunshine House was inbuilt Dutch colonial times and offers a stunning overview of the planet. Burung (Birds) Island, Babi (Pig) Island, Pengadaran Island, Lutung Island, Kera (Apes) Island and Jenang Island, are among variety of the smaller islands that provide nice experiences.
Aside from stunning beaches, Belitung additionally boasts legacies of the past. Inside the guts of Tanjung Pandan, the Museum of Belitung holds vast collections on the total history of the island. Inbuilt 1963, the museum was initiated by a Belgian geologist, Dr.Oesberger, who at the time worked inside the Belitung Mining business, and was referred to as the Museum of Geology. Inside the beginning, the museum solely housed collections of mining explorations and samples of the island’s mining resources. Later it completely was created as a section museum and to the gathering were added varied different things, including: ancient house-ware, pottery, ancient weapons, and much of further.
There is additionally a stunning eighteenth century Buddhist temple located at the Burung Mandi village, inside the sub-district of Manggar. The Vihara dedicated to the goddess Kwan Im was inbuilt 1747 and still serves to this day as a sacred place for Buddhists. Bearing distinct Chinese style, the temple sits fantastically on the best of a hill and offers a fascinating browse of the island.
Whether it’s tracing the trail of the Rainbow Troops or simply enjoying the magical browse of the granite rock beaches, Belitung Island offers a one of kind experience.