Places to visit

Gedong Village, Living Chinese heritage on Bangka island

Overview

There is an old Greek proverb that says “Simplicity is the shortest path to beauty”; this is the perfect expression for the small charming Gedong Village located at Kuto Panji, Belinyu sub-district, Bangka Regency, in the Bangka-Belitung Province. Standing as solid proof of Bangka-Belitung’s uniquely diverse cultural origins and highlighted with heavy Chinese atmosphere, Gedong Village is arguably the oldest Chinatown complex on Bangka island.

Far from the glittering lights, high rise buildings, and all complexities of the modern world, Gedong village is situated 90Km or about 2 hours’ drive north of Pangkalpinang, capital of Bangka Belitung Province. The village itself is said to date back to the early 18th century, and was established by the first generation of Chinesemigrants who came to Bangka and its twin island Belitung to work as tin miners. These early settlers are believed to be of the Hakka ethnic group, brought here by the Dutch Colonial government from the Guangdong Province, which is known to produce excellent miners.

A distinct sense of simplicity and serenity envelopes the village. Entering Gedong village, the peaceful ambience will make anyone feel almost like stepping back in time, into scenes of some old Chinese Kung Fu Movie. Set on 2.5 hectares of land, antique buildings with distinct Chinese architecture dominate the scene at Gedong Village. A modest steel monument greets visitors at the entrance of the village before their eyes are treated with antique wooden houses covered by clay roof tiles.

Although some of the buildings have undergone renovations, a number are still kept in their original state. Some houses even still use wooden pegs instead of steel nails. These antique buildings are estimated to be over 100 years old but still firmly withstand the test of time.

The village is home to approximately 50 households or about 300 people who still preserve some of the indigenous traditions. For years, the village has also become the center of Chinese traditional ceremonies such as at Imlek (Chinese New Year), Peh Chun, and Qing Ming. While some of the families use electric generators for basic needs, the village has yet to receive electricity. However, the lack of electricity contributes to the creation of a natural ambience to the village.

To Stay

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Edotel Pangkalpinang

Jl. Girimaya Bukit Besar, 33144 Batubelubang

Hotel Centrvm

Jl. Depati Amir No.8, 33121 Batubelubang

Novotel Bangka Golf & Convention Center

Jl. Soekarno Hatta Km. 5, Pangkalpinang, 33172 Pangkalpinang

Aston Soll Marina Hotel & Conference Center - Bangka

Jl. Koba Km 8 Pangkalan Baru Bangka Tengah, 33684 Pangkalan Baru

Novotel Bangka

Jl Soekarno Hatta Pangkalpinang Kep Bangka Belitung, Pangkalpinang, Indonesia, 33136 Pangkalpinang

Grand Vella Hotel

Jl. Raya Koba Km.5 No.18-23, 33127 Pangkalpinang

Hotel Santika Bangka

Jl. Soekarno Hatta (Jl. Raya Koba), Km. 5 No. 17 Pangkalan Baru, 78020 Pangkalan Baru

Hotel Mitra Garden

Jl. Depati Amir No.3, 33134 Pangkalpinang

Bangka City Hotel

Jln. Aleksander 1 depan CBC (Citraland Botanical City) Pangkal Pinang, 11730 Pangkalpinang

Novilla Boutique Resort

Jl. Laut, Kampung Pasir, 33255 Sungailiat

Tanjung Pesona Beach Resort & Spa

Jalan Pantai Rebo, Sungailiat, 33211 Sungailiat

Parai Beach Resort & Spa - Bangka

Kawasan Wisata Terpadu Pantai Parai Tenggiri, 33201 Parai Tenggiri

To Stay

There are no accommodation facilities near Gedong Village. Tourists usually stay in Pangkalpinang, capital of Bangka-Belitung Province or at the nearby towns of Belinyu and Sungailiat. 

Indri Inn
Jl. Kartini, Belinyu
Phone: +62  715 321349

2004 Inn
Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Belinyu
Phone: +62 715 321876

Wisma Timah II
Jl. Depati Amir, Belinyu
Phone: +62 715 321360

Parai Beach Resort
Jl. Parai Tenggiri, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 94888
Fax: +62 717 94000

Hotel Citra
Jl. Jend Sudirman Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 92494/93313

Hotel Sejati
Jl. Jendral Sudirman No. 107, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 92608

Hotel Tri Mustika
Jl. Ahmad Yani No. 2 B, Sungailiat
Telp. 0717-92731

Wisma Pemkab Bangka
Jl. Pemuda, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 92337

Hotel Tanjung Pesona
Jl. Pantai Rebo, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 435560

Hotel Jati Pesona
Jl. Pantai Rebo, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 92798

Hotel Teluk Uber
Jl. Pantai Rebo, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 435564

Wisma Flamboyant
Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 7, Sungailiat
Phone: +62 717 92076

Get Around

Gedong Village is situated 90Km north of Pangkalapinang, or about 53 Km from Sungailiat. The best way to reach here is to rent a car which is available in Pangkalpinang. Alternately you can take public transportation or buses. The trip will take approximately 2 hours’ drive. Keep in mind that most part of the road leading to Gedong Village is not asphalted but is a dirt track, so the trip may get a little bit bumpy.

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