Did you ever explore the mangrove jungle ? In Belitung there is a place called Kuale Mangrove tourism place in Sijok village of Belitung. Kuale is a new destination originated and built by local community of village to preserve mangrove jungle as well as building new destination for visitor who spend their holiday in Belitung.
Arriving at the Mangrove Kuale, visitior will cross the samm river that flows to the estuary. About 100 m from the main street, visitor will be welcomed by a sign board with the words Mangrove Kuale. From this place the scenary of mangrove trees along the wooden bridge, do not forget your social media activity to take selfie pictures for upload. When this article is written, there is no entering fee to this location, instead the organizer place a donation box in case you are interested to support conservation of this place.
From this place you will walk all along wooden dock that built by people of Sijuk village while enjoying the beauty of mangove jungle all arround the corner. About 100 meters after sign board you will find a cross with small leaf roof cottage that is quite good for photo spot.
Located 7 km from the famous Tanjung Tinggi beach and 3.6 km from Kampong Dedaun, the Mangrove Kuale is the newly build destination that can be easily reached. Just direct your vehicle to Sijuk village at the East part of Tanjung Tinggi. Since there is no traffic jam in Belitung, you may just need 10 minutes to reach this destination.
Before arrive at Magrove Kuale destination, after crossing the big bridge that cross big river entering Sijuk village, there are two spots that you may not want to miss to stop. Those two places represent tolerance of the religion in Belitung. The first place is Kong Fu Chu temple that commonly named Klenteng Sijuk. Not far from this spot there is an ols mosque names Al Ikhlas, a wooden made mosque built in 1817.
NEGERI SEMBILAN KUALE SIJOK
This Negeri Sembilan term is nothing related to the name of country in Malaysia. Negeri Sembilan is the coolname of old village that consist of 9 houses in Sijuk village. Entering this village visitor will see nine old wooden styly house with typical malah architecture. Some of the houses are almost collapsed. This village has been there for five generations.
Malay style influences is strong in the culture of Belitung. The old style architecture in this place is the prove. Sijuk is a place that had been mentioned in history of Belitung prior colonial era. During the presence of Badau empire in 13th century, Sijuk who led by Wangsa Yuda is one of the main district as part of Badau who led by a king named Rangga Yuda.
The following are some important items that visitor must aware when visiting Mangrove Kuale Sijok destination:
- Please take extra care when walking on the dock. The root of mangrove that emerge from underground are sharp and can make you seriously injured.
- The bottom of the river is muddy. Never think of jumping into the river whille walking accross the dock, very deangerous.
- Please take care your children with extra precautions. Not all bridge equipped with railing, so please keep on eye to your children.