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14 Things to Do in Pangkal Pinang Indonesia (Incredible)

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Pangkal Pinang is the capital of Bangka Belitung Province. The city is located in the eastern part of the island of Bangka, which is an island located between the islands of Sumatra and the island of Borneo. Pangkal Pinang is the center of trade and industry activity in Bangka Belitung. The majority of Pangkal Pinang residents are ethnic Malays and Chinese.

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Pangkal Pinang can be accessed by planes through Depati Amir Airport. Flights depart from Jakarta, Palembang and Batam. For access by ships there are four seaports on Bangka Island which is the entrance to Pangkal Pinang. Ships from Jakarta and Tanjung Pandan anchor at Pangkal Balam Seaport. Ships from Palembang anchor at Muntok Seaport. Ships from Banten anchor at Sadai Seaport. And PELNI’s ships anchor at Belinyu Seaport.

Pangkal Pinang has the hospitality, harmony, tradition, religion and culture that blend harmoniously in the life of the people. Many things can be explored in this city ranging from stunning natural beauty, well-preserved historical objects and vibrant cultural diversity. Let’s find out the best things to do in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung, Indonesia.

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1. Visiting Pasir Padi Beach
The number one of best things to do in Pangkal Pinang is visiting Pasir Padi Beach. It’s a must do. People say you have not been to Pangkal Pinang if you have not been to Pasir Padi Beach. Long coastline, white sand, calm waves and rows of trees become a beautiful scenery that pampers the eyes. Visitors can sunbathe, swim, play ball or walk down the beach.

The view of the rising sun becomes a treat that should not be missed on this beach. The beautiful sunrise can be enjoyed from the beach accompanied by the cool morning air. If visitors want to spend time here, they can stay at several hotels and lodging near the beach. There are also restaurants along the beach that provide various kinds of delicious seafood. Pasir Padi Beach is located at Pasir Padi Street, Air Itam. It’s about 7 km from downtown Pangkal Pinang. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000.

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2. Visiting Pukan Beach
The next on our list is visiting Pukan Beach. The beauty of the beach is not less than the Kuta Beach in Bali. Pukan Beach has white sand, calm waves and shady trees. Visitors can walk along the coastline, swim, sunbathe, play sand and even camping.

The beach faces east so that visitors can enjoy the beauty of sunrise at any time. The cleanliness of the beach is well maintained by the surrounding community. Bathroom and toilet facilities are also available for visitors. Pukan Beach is located at Lintas Timur Street, Air Anyir. It’s about 15 minutes drive from downtown Pangkal Pinang. The beach is free entry.

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3. Visiting Kaolin Lake
Kaolin Lake is a tin mining area that after years of abandonment finally formed a blue water pool. The striking color of the lake looks so clear when struck by the sunlight. Presumably this color comes from exposure to radioactive metal which is the leftovers of mining. Visitors can take pictures and upload to social media to get “Like” as much as possible. Or just enjoy the amazing view of the Kaolin Lake and the wonderful cluster of mined excavations.

There are food stalls around the lake as a place to unwind and fill the stomach. Kaolin Lake is located in Air Bara Village, South Bangka. It’s about 1 hour drive from downtown Pangkal Pinang. The place is free entry. However, this place is one of the top things to do in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung Indonesia.

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4. Visiting Bangka Botanical Garden
Bangka Botanical Garden is situated not too far from the city center. The place has a beautiful atmosphere. Visitors will be greeted with shady trees, extensive fishing ponds, organic farm, wooden houses and cattle ranches. At Bangka Botanical Garden visitors can pick fruit directly from the tree such as dragon fruit, oranges, guava, mango, and chili. These fruits can be brought home at affordable prices.

In addition visitors can also order fresh milk, yogurt, milk chocolate flavor or milk strawberry flavor. It’s a good place for family vacation. Bangka Botanical Garden is located at Pasir Padi Street, Pangkal Pinang City. The price of entrance for bike is Rp 2.000 and for car is Rp 4.000. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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5. Visiting Tin Museum
The Tin Museum has documented the history of tin on Bangka Island. Here visitors can learn the technology of tin mining from the Dutch colonial era to the present. One of the most interesting museum collections is locomobile. The locomobile was brought by the Dutch to Bangka Island in 1917 to establish a steam power plant. In addition locomobile was also used to carry coal and minerals from mining including tin.

Overall, the Tin Museum has 176 collections consisting of rocks, tin beams, drawings, replicas, as well as handicrafts and tin excavation equipment in the early days of exploration. Tin Museum is located at Ahmad Yani Street, Pangkal Pinang City. It’s free entry. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm.

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6. Visiting Water Tower
The water tower was built by the Dutch in 1927 to meet the needs of Pangkal Pinang residents. The ruler of that time, J.E. Edie, took clean water from Mount Mangkoel and distributed it to the residents’ houses through the water tower. In its time the water tower served about 12,000 customers. The water tower is in the shape of two large tanks with a diameter of 8.25 meters and a height of 5 meters.

Now it is no longer in use and its function has been replaced by a new tower. The water tower is preserved as a form of historical relics. In 2010 the water tower was designated as a heritage building. The water tower is located at Anggrek Street, Timah Bukit Baru Housing Complex, Pangkal Pinang City. It’s free entry.

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7. Taking Pictures at the House of a Hundred Windows
The house is fairly unusual. It has many windows painted in color. Hundreds of windows of various sizes adorn almost the entire building. Some of the windows serve as real windows and others are installed as decorative elements. Although the construction of this house has not been completed, many visitors come to see and take pictures. The popularity of the House of a Hundred Windows soared rapidly thanks to social media.

The house is a private property intentionally built for social and educational purposes. A number of valuable art objects are on display to provide artistic knowledge to visitors. There is also a mini library and video documentary screening room. The House of a Hundred Windows is located at Kejaksaan Street, Kacang Pedang, Pangkal Pinang City. It’s free entry.

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8. Taking Pictures at Golden Bridge
The Golden Bridge is the new icon of Pangkal Pinang City. It was inaugurated on February 14, 2017 by President Joko Widodo. The bridge that connects Pangkal Pinang City with Bangka Regency has a length of about 700 meters with a system of open lid (bascule).

The construction of the Golden Bridge cost about 400 billion rupiah. From this bridge visitors can see the beauty of Pasir Padi Beach. At night visitors can see the majestic of the lights that adorn the bridge. Therefore, the bridge is often used as a place to take selfie. The Golden Bridge is located in Ketapang, Pangkal Pinang City.

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9. Visiting Tuatunu Grand Mosque
Tuatunu Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Bangka Belitung Province. It was inaugurated on March 20, 2008 by the Minister of Administrative Reform, Mr. Taufik Effendi. Its architecture is a combination of modern and traditional style. Tuatunu Grand Mosque has complete facilities ranging from the internet, digital bedug to a powerful 3,500 watt sound system.

In addition to being a place of worship, the mosque becomes the center of Islamic studies and activities. Tuatunu Grand Mosque is located in Tuatunu, Pangkal Pinang City. Opening hours are according to the time of prayer.

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10. Visiting Saint Joseph Cathedral
Saint Joseph Cathedral was built on August 5, 1934 at the time of Pater Bakker, SS.CC. At first the spread of Catholicism on the island of Bangka centered in Sungaiselan, then moved to Sambong, and eventually moved to Pangkal Pinang.

In its development Pangkal Pinang diocese oversees the Bangka Belitung and Riau Islands. The cathedral looks simple and earthy. The sign of the cross is clearly visible on the front of the church. In 2010 Saint Joseph Cathedral is designated as a heritage building. Saint Joseph Cathedral is located at Gereja Street, Pangkal Pinang City. Opening hours are according to the time of worship.

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11. Visiting the Temple of Sea Goddess
The Temple of Sea Goddess is situated in Tanjung Bunga Beach area, south of Pasir Padi Beach. The temple has 12 statues of zodiac according to Chinese calendar. These statues are donations from the philanthropist whose name is engraved at the bottom of the statue.

Most of the existing ornaments and equipment are also donations from the visitors of the temple. In addition to the beauty of temple, visitors can also enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the beach. The Temple of Sea Goddess is located at Air Itam, Pangkal Pinang City. Opening hours are according to the time of worship.

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12. Visiting Penataran Agung Shrine
About 1,500 residents of Bangka Belitung are Hindus, therefore on the island of Bangka can also be found a shrine with beautiful architecture like the one in Bali. Its name is Penataran Agung Shrine. The shape of the shrine is charming with Balinese architectural elegance.

Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the shrine and also the wonderful scene of Tanjung Bunga Beach. Penataran Agung Shrine is located at Air Itam, Pangkal Pinang City. Opening hours are according to the time of worship.

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13. Visiting Merdeka Town Square Park
Merdeka Town Square Park is an open park situated in downtown Pangkal Pinang. Green and red leafy plants lined up neatly adorned the square. Various activities can be done here, from relaxing to exercising. Parents can take their children to play mini motor, mini car or odong-odong.

Visitors can also taste typical Bangka snacks sold around the square. Various events are also often held in this square such as music concerts, product launching and cultural festivals. Merdeka Town Square Park is located at Merdeka Street, Pangkal Pinang City. It’s free entry and opens 24 hours.

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14. Visiting Tamansari Park
Tamansari Park is a city park that serves as a public space. The park has large trees that provide shade in the hot weather of Pangkal Pinang. There are also gazebos, animal statues and playground for children. Amazingly the park already has wifi service. In the middle of Tamansari Park there is a Monument of Independence Movement.

The monument was built to commemorate the struggle of the people of Bangka in seizing and defending independence. It was inaugurated by Vice President Mohammad. Hatta on August 17, 1949. Tamansari Park is located in Tamansari, Pangkal Pinang City. It’s free entry and opens 24 hours.

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Well guys, now you know the best things to do in Pangkal Pinang Bangka Belitung Indonesia. No doubt Pangkal Pinang has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its wonderful landscape and historical objects. Let’s visit Pangkal Pinang Bangka Belitung Indonesia!

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