MuseumKata Andrea Hirata is the first literature museum in Indonesia. Visitors can watch memorabilia related to Laskar Pelangi. Andrea Hirata even wrote a special short story that was never published, but can only be read on the walls of this museum. There are hundreds of photographs, inspirational sentences by Andrea Hirata on the walls of the museum. At the back of the museum there is a corner called Warung Kupi Kuli. This place is a coffee shop which is an everyday picture of how the simple life of tin workers in the past is the background for the story of Laskar Pelangi.
Tourism in Belitung was really booming starting in 2008 after the launch of the phenomenal film Laskar Pelangi. This film has been watched by more than 6 million people and has become the most famous box office film in the history of cinema in Indonesia. This film is taken from the story of Laskar Pelangi novel, which is also a Best Seller novel in Indonesian literary history.
MuseumKata Andrea Hirata is a representation of the dedication of Andrea Hirata, a famous novelist who is always passionate about advancing tourism in Belitung. He is a hero who gave birth to Belitung tourism since the publication of his first novel Laskar Pelangi. The novel has been translated into more than 30 languages and is sold in bookstores around the world. Andrea Hirata's other works are Sang Pemimpi, Edensor, Maryama Karpov, Padang Bulang, etc. Laskar Pelangi's translated novel entitled Rainbow Troops received an award in the General Fiction category at the 2013 New York Book festival in the United States and the 2013 Buchawards award in Germany.
This novel tells the adventures of 10 poor school children of Muhammadiyah Elementary School in the village of Gantong East Belitung, who have to fight to save their school, because only at this school their parents can afford the costs. This novel is the work of Andrea Hirata (twitter: @AndreaHirata), a native born Belitung writer. This novel is inspired by an original story that was experienced by Andrea Hirata, and the film itself was also made in Belitung.
Since then, thousands of people have been interested in getting information about Belitung. Besides the beauty and touch of the story of Laskar Pelangi, many people are amazed by the natural beauty of Belitung. The film captures beautifully places that have become icons of Belitung tourism, such as Tanjung Tinggi beach, Tanjung Kelayang beach, and Lengkuas Island. Belitungisland.com dedicates the success of the film Laskar Pelangi in giving birth to Belitung tourism by creating a memorial on the Tanjung Tinggi beach, the place where the Laskar Pelangi film was made.
Not only the beach, many visitors who come to Belitung are also interested in visiting the places where the film was made, including the original place in the village of Gantong East Belitung where the original story behind the novel took place. There are thousands of visitors coming to Gantong every year, including foreign tourists especially from neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. To accommodate the interest of the visitors, Andrea Hirata dedicates himself to build a place where visitors can find out everything related to Laskar Pelangi. This place is called the Andrea Hirata Museum of Words (Literature Museum of Andrea Hirata).
Although busy with activities as a writer, Belitung is always in the heart of Andrea Hirata. He takes full responsibility for encouraging the Belitung people to build their tourism. As stated above, he periodically visits Gantong to guide young people in Belitung. He formed two Jazz music groups in the village of Gantung, under the care of the Andrea Hirata Word Museum. He always promotes the beauty of Belitung at every opportunity including being the main actor in national events such as Laskar Pelangi Festival and Poetry and Jazz in Belitung. So it is very clear that Andrea Hirata is the person who "gave birth" to Belitung tourism, where tourists can trace their journey and history in the MuseumKata Andrea Hirata.
Several other buildings also feature several works of art. Andrea Hirata is committed to always inspiring children and young people in Gantong village to develop their artistic talents. He even took the time to provide direct guidance to these teenagers. To visit the Andrea Hirata Word Museum you can follow our tour package program, namely the Laskar Pelangi package or the special Lightouse package for a duration of 4 days 3 nights. As an alternative, you can visit Gantong village alone, which takes about 2 hours from Tanjungpandan city or 30 minutes from Manggar town, the second largest city in Belitung.