If you ask about where’s Kampong Gedong in Bangka Island? I can tell you. Kampong Gedong can be found in Kuto Panji area. Located about 14 kms away from Behinyu. 53 kilometers aways from Sungailiat, or lies 90 kms north of Pangkalpinang. The kampong is located in Kampong Gedong, Lumut Village, Belinyu Sub-district, Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Islands.
The first generation of Chinese people migrated to Bangka Island and worked as tin miners. Kampong Gedong is an old china town that is settled by 50 Chinese families. you will see Chinese people’s tradition that is kept-well from a century ago In Kampong Gedong. Most of Chinese people in Bangka Island are traders. Some of them produce typical foods of Bangka Island such as chips, kemplang, getas, fish-snack, etc. Historically, Chinese people living in kampong Gedong are descendants of six bosses holding local tin mining factories in Parit 6 area, “Liuk Phun Thew” (hakka dialect).
Kampong Gedong Distinctive Features
Kampong Gedong become as village tourism destination since 2000. The Distinctive Features you will see when you traveling In Kampong Gedong, you will see antique wooden houses standing in a row decorated with Chinese ornaments and Han Zi calligraphy. Likewise, there are worship place and a China temple that is assumed as the residence of kampong Gedong’s guardian. Those buildings and the green surrounding nature offers you exotic view as well as the movies in the 1940s. Such views remind us to some other old towns such as Penang, Malacca, and China Town in Singapore. When Imlek come, Kampong Gedong also usually becomes a place for celebrate it. Also Qing Ming day, and Peh Cun eve. On those celebrations, there is a figure symbolizing the guardian of kampong Gedong named Sun Go Kong (Sun Wu Gong). Because of numerous ethnic Chinese buildings and Chinese traditions that are kept well for hundred years, Kampong Gedong established as one of tourism destination.
Kampong Gedong Accommodation and other Facilities
You can find a lot of Accommodation and other Facilities in Kampung Gedong. Lodgements, hotels, food stalls, and China temple. You can take public transports to reach Kampong Gedong. It is approximately an hour distance to reach the kampong from Sungailiat, or two hour distance from Pangkalpinang depend on what is your vehicle. One of the Best Tourism destination in Bangka Island is Kampong Gedong.
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