Know the History of Tin Mining in Belitung

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 Asep Irwan Gunawan  22/01/2019
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Talking about Belitung is not only about Laskar Pelangi and its beautiful beaches. Because, Belitung also has a long history or a history of traces of tin mining. Add tin in Belitung itself was very famous. Some even say tin mining in Belitung at that time as one of the largest in the world. From mining activities that are so massive in ancient times, making some areas appear to be interesting to explore. Even so interesting are some places related to the history of tin mining in Belitung, now it has been turned into a tourist area. Well, here are some tourist attractions related to the history or history of tin mining in Belitung that you can go to do a guided tour.

1. Open Pit

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The first tourism object you can visit in Belitung to do a tin mining trail is the Open Pit located in Senyubuk Village, Kelapa Kampit District. Open Pit itself is a large and extensive former mining area of open tin mining in Belitung. Even so large, the Open Pit at that time became the largest open tin mining area in Southeast Asia. Because of the large tin mine content in the Open Pit, many companies are competing to own and manage it. Noted that there are at least 2 large companies that have managed tin mines in the Open Pit. The first company to manage Open Pit in 1971 was BHP Billiton. This Australian mining company only survived until 1985 before being taken over by Preussag GmbH of Hannover, a German company. Preussag GmbH of Hannover itself manages the Open Pit from 1985 to 1989. Being in the Open Pit itself, surely you will be able to find a lot of information about the history of mining in Belitung. Therefore, so you can get good information at this Open Pit, it is recommended that you bring a guide or tour guide. Besides tracing the history of tin mining, at Open Pit we can also do some interesting activities such as doing photography. This Open Pit mining area does have amazing views. The water-filled former excavation brings up the lake with an enchanting green Tosca. From here many people who later made Open Pit as a location for photography and even pre-wedding photos. In Open Pit we can also find some interesting things such as rock rocks, former mining caves, and semar sacs which are rare plants.

2. Tanjung Pandan Tin Museum

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So that you can get more in-depth information about the story of tin mining in Belitung then after visiting the Open Pit, you can visit the Tanjung Pandan Tin Museum. The museum located at Jalan Melati No. 41 A, Parit Subdistrict, Belitung Regency will indeed present a variety of tin mining collections in Belitung. In the museum whose establishment was conceived by DR. Osberger in 1963 we can find several collections such as some mining equipment for tin, including one of the dredgers. In the museum that was once called the Geology Museum, we can also find other collections, namely some metal ores and mineral stones found during the mining process. And one of the most interesting discoveries of stone from mining to witness is Batu Satam. Interestingly again in the museum which is also called the Tanjung Pandan Museum & Zoo, we can also find several royal collections that once ruled in Belitung as well as several animal or animal collections.

3. Belitung Kaolin Lake

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Back to the tin mining area, in addition to the Open Pit in Kelapa Kampit, we can also find Kaolin Lake tour located on Murai Street, Air Raya Village, Tanjung Pandan District, Belitung. Just like Open Pit, Lake Kaolin is also a place of the former mining area which is then filled with water so as to bring up the lake. The difference is, if in Open Pit the lake water is green tosca, then in Lake Kaolin the water is bright blue. In addition to the enchanting color of the water, Lake Kaolin also presents land or land that has a bright, clean white color. From the combination of these two colors then it will produce a beautiful view. No doubt if then many people and photography lovers who come here to take selfies to be posted on social media. Interestingly again in this Kaolin Lake you will not find the smell of sulfur as in the White Crater Ciwidey, Bandung. So from here you don't need to worry about the pungent odor that can disturb comfort. And one more important thing related to tin mining in Belitung is that you can get a lot of information about the history and history of tin mining in Belitung from Kaolin Lake through an explanation from the guide.

4. Olie Pier Beach

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Furthermore, the historical tour of tin mining that you can find in Belitung is Olie Pier Beach. Olie Pier Beach in Lalang Village, Manggar District, East Belitung Regency is indeed not like other beaches in Belitung. Because on this beach there is a long history related to tin mining in Belitung. So at Olie Pier Beach this was once a dock or a place to anchor tin transport vessels. In addition to transporting tin, at the Olie Pier Beach, ships that are leaning also refuel at the same time. From here the beach is called Olie Pier which means Olie which means oil and Pier which means harbor. Although now the story of Olie Pier Beach as a port of tin transport vessels, we can still find the remnants of the remains here. One proof of the legacy from the pier of Olie Pier Beach can be found from a 200-meter wooden bridge jutting into the sea.

5. Bukit Samak Resort A1

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Finally, the historical tour of tin mining in Belitung that we can visit, namely Bukit Samak Resort A1. This tour, located in Manggar Subdistrict, East Belitung, does have a story and a history of tin mining in Belitung. This is because there is a resort that was once the residence of Dutch officials and also executives of PT. Lead. As we know that PT. Timah is a company that used to manage tin mining in Belitung. Resort A1 itself is located on a hill called Bukit Samak which has a height of about 130 meters above sea level. From its location at this height, here we will not only find stories and histories from the lives of the executives of PT. Lead. But on this Samak Hill we can also enjoy beautiful scenery such as the panorama of Nyiur Melambai Beach, Tebing Beach and Olie Pier Beach and the vast ocean from above.

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