Belitung’ Culture & Culinary

Belitong’s souvenir & gifts

Batu Zatam (Zatam rock)

People believe that this rock is a meteorite rock. For its hardness can only be cut off after being lined with betel’s soap. Batu zatam can only found on Belitung Island in Indonesia. Local people found this rock when they mining the tin. Its unique texture makes people often use it as jewel or attached to other precious jewel.

Handicrafts

Many kind of handicrafts from shell and sea urchins in many form can be found in Tanjung pandan handicraft shop. Also souvenirs made of rattan or bamboo.

Bitter honey/Pelawan honey is a honey that taste bitter because the bees suck a nectar from flower of Pelawan tree (Cyanometra Cauliflora) that has a bitter taste flower. While sweet honey is from flower of fruit trees or flowering plant that has sweet taste of nectar. [West Bangka; Tanjungpandan & Selat Nasik – Belitung]

Breadfruit crispy chips [Manggar city – East Belitung]

Belitung coffee, famous for its typical taste, it’s one of the coffee lover magnet [Manggar city – East Belitung]

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Belitong’ Culinary

*Gangan

When you come to Belitung, don’t forget to try local food: Gangan. It is a unique Belitung traditional meal. It is a head of ketarap fish serve on a yellowish soup. There’s also spicy baked ilak fish or jebong fish.

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Museum & Traditional House

Geology Museum, Tanjung Pandan


Located at Melati Street in Tanjungpandan city, this museum was built on 1963, initiative by Dr. R. Osberger, a Belgium Geologist, who was intended to collect and store tin mining related products, like a stones, sediments and minerals found along the tin mining and to store mining technique both on land and sea mining include instrument, equipment and its replica. Later on, this museum also collects cultural remains collections such as keris (a wavy double-bladed dagger), spear, machete and other historical treasures from shipwrecked.

On the backyard of the museum there is a mini zoo; you can see crocodiles, sea eagles, squirrels, monkeys, parakeets, parrots, civets, some fish and turtles, and so on.

Museum Badau, Badau District

Located at Badau District (± 20 km from Tanjungpandan) this museum collects the historic heritage of badau kingdom.

Traditional House, Tanjung Pandan

Traditional house of Belitungese people is located near government offices of Belitung (in English: Billiton) residence in Tanjungpandan. This traditional house stores various traditions and cultural heritage of Belitungese communities, such as traditional clothing and bridal apparel, including accessories used in the wedding ceremonies.

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