Gantung is one of the districts in East Belitung which is currently always stealing the attention of tourists. Even though it is a small town, the area which in the local language is called Gantong shows significant growth, especially from the tourism sector. The emergence of the Laskar Pelangi story that has been recorded in the form of a novel and also has made a wide screen is what makes Gantung then become one of the list of favorite holiday destinations to Belitung. From here even it must be admitted that because of the popularity of Laskar Pelangi this is what made Belitung tourism so raised. This is evident from the emergence of the nickname of Belitung as the Land of the Rainbow Warriors.
THE IMPACT OF NOVEL AND PELANGI LASKAR MOVIE
It is undeniable that the growth of the City of Hanging, especially in the tourism sector, is due to the influence and impact of the Laskar Pelangi story. The story of Laskar Pelangi both the novel and the film were phenomenal in their time so that it caught the attention of many people. From here if you are a lover of the Laskar Pelangi story written by Andrea Hirata, this Hanging City should not be a foreign name. So when visiting the City of Hanging, of course you will be able to feel the atmosphere told in the story of Laskar Pelangi. In addition, while in the City of Hanging you can also at the same time be able to trace the story of Laskar Pelangi. Of course Gentung does not only have a Laskar Pelangi story. Because here tourists can find other attractions such as nature tourism, historical tourism, cultural tourism to instagramble and culinary tours. From what is presented by the Hanging City, tourists always do not want to miss this district in the list of holidays to East Belitung.
PELANGI LASKAR TOURISM
When on vacation to the City of Hanging, some tours relating to the story of Laskar Pelangi are not to be missed. This is because the Laskar Pelangi tour has become a characteristic of the City of Hanging. The first Laskar Pelangi tourist destination that we can find is Muhammadiyah Gantung Elementary School Replica located in Lenggang Village, Gantung District, East Belitung Regency. SD Muhammadiyah Gantung or also known by the name Laskar Pelangi Elementary School has indeed become an icon of the Laskar Pelangi story which is a place for learning curls and friends. Therefore in his novel or film, SD Muhammadiyah Gantung always appears in the story. Even though Muhammadiyah Gantung Elementary School is currently a replica, but with the design and layout that is tailored to the story, you will definitely get a deep impression. Here you can take pictures with the iconic elementary school of Muhammadiyah Hanging or also browse and tread room after room inside.
Next we can find the traces of the Laskar Pelangi story in the Hanging City at the Andrea Hirata Word Museum. Andrea Hirata who is the writer of the Laskar Pelangi story certainly has a million things related to the Laskar Pelangi story. From here, those of you who want to get to know the Laskar Pelangi story better, can come to the Andrea Hirata Kata Museum which is certainly located in the City of Hanging, precisely on Jalan Laskar Pelangi Number 7 in the village of Gantong, East Belitung. In addition to pictures and photos that tell the story of Laskar Pelangi, in the Andrea Hirata Word Museum, which is ordained as the first literary museum in the world, we can also find encouraging words like Dream, then God will embrace your dreams.
HISTORY TOURISM CITY GANTUNG
Another interesting tour that you can find in this Hanging City is historical tours. Hanging which is the place or location of the largest tin producer on the island of Belitung at this time certainly keep a long history in it. We can trace the legacy of the greatness of the City of Hanging as a mining location in several corners of the city, such as a former mining land or a former company of PT. Tin that has gone out of business. Another historical tour that we can find in the Hanging City is the Pice Dam. Pice Dam is indeed not just any dam. Because the Pice Dam is an ancient dam that was built since the Dutch era, precisely between 1934 - 1936. With a long history of making dams with a length of about 79 meters and a flood gate totaling 16 will be very impressive to visit.
NATURAL TOURISM CITY OF GANTUNG
You who like nature tourism also don't need to worry while in the City of Hanging. The reason is here, you can also find some stunning natural tourist destinations. Some natural tourist destinations that you can find in the City of Gantung are Gusong Cine Beach, Gunong Lumut and Linggang River. On the beach of Gusong Cine in Lidun Hamlet, Batu Penyu Village, Gantung District, East Belitung Regency, we can find stunning natural scenery and also the culture or tradition of a unique and legendary sea salvation. Meanwhile those of you who like adventures that challenge adrenaline, can head to Gunong Lumut to explore and enjoy the view from a height. And when you are on the Linggang River which is a historic river in Gantung, you can enjoy the view with a deep natural impression and also soothing during the late afternoon.
OTHER TOURS IN THE CITY OF GANTUNG
No less interesting than Laskar Pelangi tours, historical tours and natural attractions in the City of Hanging, you also can still find some other attractions here to explore. First, another tour that you can explore in the City of Hanging is the Conch House in Lenggang Village, Gantung District, East Belitung Regency. This conch house will be very appropriate to be visited by those of you who like Instagramable tours. This is because the Conch House is a conch-like building made from rattan (dum) which certainly has an interesting architecture. So at the conch house you can do photography with cool results. In addition to taking pictures, at this conch house you can also enjoy beautiful natural scenery, especially in the morning and evening before dusk.
Next, another tour you can visit in Gantung District is Kirana Pier. Kirana's pier which is next to the conch house is also interesting to go to. Because at this Kirana Pier you can take a boat to go along the Lenggang River and also relax to unwind and get tired. The next tourist destination you can visit is Kampoeng Ahok. Although he is a controversial figure, Ahok's phenomenon has made his homeland in Gantung, East Belitung so popular. In fact, because of the increasing number of tourists visiting Ahok's birthplace, this area has later been called Kampoeng Ahok. Being in Kampoeng Ahok, you can do a history of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) during his childhood and also see the house and some photos of Ahok.