The tourism of Belitung is becoming totaly booming, starting in 2008 after the hype of fenomenal Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops) movie. This movie was wacthed by more than 6 million people in Indonesia and becoming the top box office movie in Indonesian film history. This movie is taken from Laskar Pelangi, the Best Seller Indonesia novel.
MuseumKata Andrea Hirata is a reprentative of dedication by Andrea Hirata as a famous novelist presenting his spirit in supporting the development of tourism in Belitung. He is the hero who born the tourism of Belitung since his first novel Laskar Pelangi. This novel has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold in many bookstores all over the world. Andrea Hirata also wrote several other novels such as Sang Pemimpi, Edensor, Maryama Karpov, Padang Bulang, etc. The Rainbow Troops novel was awarded as the winner of General Fiction categoty of New York Book festival USA 2013 and Buchawards award winner in Germany in 2013.
The story is about 10 elementary school students who fight for continuity of their poor school as the only place that they can afford to study. This Novel is created by Andrea Hirata (twitter: @AndreaHirata), a Belitung born writer. Likes the background of the story, this movie was filmed in Belitung.
Since then, thousands of people are interested to find more information about Belitung. Beside the wonderful and touching story of Laskar Pelangi, many people realize Belitung nature is actualy very beautiful. The movie captured many spots of Belitung icons such as Tanjung Tinggi beach, Tanjung Kelayang beach, and Lengkuas Island. BelitungIsland.com dedicate the success of Laskar Pelangi movie for Belitung tourism by building the marker on the Tanjung Tinggi beach, the film site of Laskar Pelangi.
The beachs and islands in Belitung are becoming more popular since then. The exposure of this movie and the beauty of Belitung are getting well known by people outside Belitung supported by intense media coverage. But not only beach, many visitors are actualy interested to visit the site where the movie was made, including visiting the actual place where the Laskar Pelangi story was made in Gantong village, East Belitung regency. There thousands of visitors visit Gantong village every year, including multi national tourists from neighbouring country likes Malaysia and Singapore. To accomodate the coriousity of those visitor, Andrea Hirata dedicate himself to build a place where visitor can explore all the things about Laskar Pelangi. This place is called MuseumKata Andrea Hirata (Literature Museum of Andrea Hirata).
Despite his busy time as novelist, Belitung is always in Andrea Hirata's heart. He take full responsibility to drive the whole people of Belitung island to develop tourism industry in Belitung. As mentioned, he spend his own time coming to Gantong in periodic basis to coach the young generation in Belitung. He form two jazz music club in this village under coach of Museum Kata team. He also feel responsible to keep promoting the tourism of Belitung by conducting the national scale event such as Festival Laskar Pelangi and Puisi and Jazz events in Belitung. Andrea Hirata is always actively promote the tourim of Belitung in every media events that he covered. It is clear that Andrea Hirata is the founding father of Belitung tourism, where visitor can track the history at MuseumKata Andrea Hirata.
Some other building also available as an art center. Andrea Hirata inspire many kids and young generation in Gantong to develop their art skill. Andrea Hirata dedicate this art center to local society. He himself sometimes giving direct coach to the teenagers and kids. To visit MuseumKata Andrea Hirata visitor can take our Laskar Pelangi Tour package or Lightouse Package Tour package with 4 days 3 nights duration that we provide. Alternative you can take your own trip by visiting Gantong village. It is about 2 hours trip by car from capital town Tanjungpandan or 30 minutes from second town Manggar.