Ever read the phenomenal novel Laskar Pelangi by Andrea Hirata? If you have read then you should be familiar with an area called Hanging or Gantong in the local language. Apart from being a sub-district in East Belitung Regency, it is also known as a place where the Laskar Pelangi novel is set.
To create a more memorable vacation in this Hanging City, it would be better if you first read the Laskar Pelangi Novel. This is because there will be many places in this Hanging City related to the story of the Laskar Pelangi.
Before it was called Gantung, the area located 22 km from Manggar City was known as Lenggang. The name Lenggang itself is the name of a Dutch colonial gift because it sees a Linggang River that runs along the area. But in the course of time, the name Lenggang was later changed to Gantung or in the local language called Gantong. The name 'Gantung' or 'Gantong' is taken from the name of the small island on the Linggang River. This small island, which contains a large "wood are" tree, is seen or seen hanging. From here, this area is called Gantung or Gantong. Some natural landscapes that can be found in Gantung are rivers, mangrove forests, grasslands, dense forests and also dark forests.
In this Hanging City we will find many interesting things. This is because this place is the place or setting of the phenomenal novel Laskar Pelangi. The writer himself, Andrea Hirata, was born in this area. From these facts, while on vacation in Hanging tourists will like being able to enjoy the Laskar Pelangi tour. Some Laskar Pelangi tours and other tours in Gantung include the Laskar Pelangi Elementary School / Muhammadiyah Elementary School replica, the Andrea Hirata Word Museum, Gunong Lumut, Gusong Cine Beach, Pice Dam, Ahok Village and Dewi Khwan Im Vihara. In addition, in this Hanging City we can also learn about the history of tin mining where this area was once known as the largest tin producer on the island of Belitung.
Because the City of Hanging has become a tourist destination or place that is visited by tourists, this has an impact on the existence of facilities that are getting better. Some public facilities such as places to eat, lodging and others will be very easy to get in the City of Hanging.
You can reach Gantung City in East Belitung Regency from Manggar City, which is the Capital of East Belitung in about 30 minutes. While from Tanjung Pandan City, you need approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Gantung. Whereas you who come from HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport, you can reach this Hanging City in about 1 hour.