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The Old Town of Muntok: A touch of European, Chinese and Malay heritage in Bangka

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  1. Gambar Tempat Pengasingan Tempo Dulu/ A Drawing of Historical Exile House

    Photo Courtesy of Egan (KOMFOS)
  2. Tempat Pengasingan Bung Karno/ Soekarno's Exile House

  3. Tempat Pengasingan Bung Karno/ Soekarno's Exile House

    Photo courtesy of Egan (KOMFOS)
  4. Tempat Pengasingan Bung Karno/ Soekarno's Exile House

    Photo courtesy of Egan (KOMFOS)
  5. Mercusuar Muntok/Muntok's Lighthouse

    Photo Courtesy : Taufiq Hidayat (KOMFOS)

 

Overview

Besides  offering an  enchanting coastal landscape decorated with fascinating granite boulders and the age-old Tin Mining legacies, the twin islands province of Bangka–Belitung still holds other charms in  the shape of an old heritage town. Located in the western region of Bangka Island, the town of Muntok is not only the capital of the West Bangka Regency, but is also a histo

Besides  offering an  enchanting coastal landscape decorated with fascinating granite boulders and the age-old Tin Mining legacies, the twin islands province of Bangka–Belitung still holds other charms in  the shape of an old heritage town. Located in the western region of Bangka Island, the town of Muntok is not only the capital of the West Bangka Regency, but is also a historical town rich in the legacies of European, Chinese, and Malay cultures.

 

Muntok or also known as Mentok was once an important harbor town. Through this harbor, top commodities of Bangka-Belitung including pepper and tin were hauled to Dutch merchant ships before they found their way to the major cities of Europe.

 

Considering the town’s significant role in the Dutch colonial era, no wonder that you will find the town  filled with a  large number of  Dutch heritage buildings that still stand tall today as witness to a golden bygone era.  Besides Dutch legacies, the town is also decorated with Chinese and Malay architecture. The very existence of these unique buildings divides the city into three major clusters: the old European town, The Chinatown, and the Malay Town.

 

The old European Town is situated in the heart of Muntok, north of the Malay Town. It is here, that a Dutch Tin Mining Company,  the Banka Tin Winning Bedrijf was once established. Along with the Mining Company, several European style building were then erected as supporting offices as well as residences  Dutch employees. With the Banka Tin Winning Bedrijf’s  office as the most prominent, remnants of the Dutch Tin Mining era can also be seen in other European architecture including that of the Dutch Resident’s Office along with the Wilhelmina Park, the Tin Mining Employees residential complex, the Post Office, and the Pesanggerahan Muntok.

 

Situated in the most western part of Muntok, the Chinatown –as the name suggests- is filled with various Chinese style buildings. The Chinese architecture is not only found in temples and shrines, but also in common houses, shops, and kiosks in the marketplace. Among some of the most notable buildings in this area are the Muntok harbor, petak 15, the Yellow Building, the Chinese Mayor’s House, the Old Market, The Temple (kelenteng), the Capitan’s House, the ex-Samudra Theatre, ex-lemonade factory, ex-Chinese Elementary School/Chung Hua School, and the former Sentrum Hotel.

 

Whereas, the Malay Town is divided into three sub clusters: Kampung Tanjung (West), Kampung Teluk Rubia (Timur) and Kampung Ulu (North). The oldest Malay residential houses can be seen at Kampung Tanjung where there are still several well preserved Malay traditional houses. Other interesting Malay buildings are the Jamik Mosque, the Kute Seribu Fort, the Malayan Royal Cemetery, and the SurauTanjung.

 

Muntok also played a role in the national history of Indonesia. There are two historical building within Muntok namely Pesanggrahan Menumbing and Wisma Ranggam that were once used as  exile homes for the first President and Vice President of Indonesia Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta between 1948-1949.

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To Stay

There are several hotels and inns available in Muntok. Here are some of them:

Jati Menumbing Hotel
Jl Bukit Menumbing, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 716 21388


Pasadena Hotel & Restaurant
Jl. Komplek Pemkab Bangka Barat Pal 4 Muntok-Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 716 7002123 / 0821 75 65 4040
Fax: +62 716 7002111
Email: pasadenahotel@gmail.com


Anna Hotel
Jl. Merdeka Raya 15, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: 









There are several hotels and inns available in Muntok. Here are some of them:

Jati Menumbing Hotel
Jl Bukit Menumbing, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 716 21388


Pasadena Hotel & Restaurant
Jl. Komplek Pemkab Bangka Barat Pal 4 Muntok-Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 716 7002123 / 0821 75 65 4040
Fax: +62 716 7002111
Email: pasadenahotel@gmail.com


Anna Hotel
Jl. Merdeka Raya 15, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone:  +62 525 21056


Berkat Do'a Hotel
Jl. Pelita Raya, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 525 22374


Beringin Losmen
Jl. Merdeka Raya, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 525 21045


Dahlia Losmen
Jl. Pelabuhan 18 RT 22 Buntok
Phone: +62 525 21197


Mawar Losmen
Jl. Pahlawan 22, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 525 21046


Alam Mekar Losmen
Jl. Merdeka Raya RT 2/RW 1, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 525 21077


Permai Hotel
Jl. Pahlawan 136 Buntok, Muntok, Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 525 22508


Linda Hotel
Jl. Panglima Batur 28
Phone: +62 525 21128


Sari Rahma Losmen
Jl. Merdeka Raya 20
Phone:  +62  525 21099


Sampurna Cipta Inn
Jl. Raya Peltim Muntok-Bangka Barat
Phone: +62 716 21401
Mobile:  +62 812 717 5909 - 0812 7318 7986
Fax:  +62 716 22124
Email: sampurna_cipta@yahoo.com

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Get There

The town of Muntok is situated about 140Km from Pangkalpinang, capital of Bangka Belitung Province, on the island of Bangka,  or an approximate 3 hours’ drive. You can reach this town by public bus, or  special transportation (travel mini buses) talomg the  Pangkalpinang-Muntok route. If you prefer ease and convenience you can rent a car from Pangkalpinang.

The town of Muntok is situated about 140Km from Pangkalpinang, capital of Bangka Belitung Province, on the island of Bangka,  or an approximate 3 hours’ drive. You can reach this town by public bus, or  special transportation (travel mini buses) talomg the  Pangkalpinang-Muntok route. If you prefer ease and convenience you can rent a car from Pangkalpinang.

To Eat

Bangka is known to have a distinct taste of food and snacks, and some of these can be found in Muntok. If you happen to be here don’t forget to try Lempah Kuning (a type of soup), Lampek Durian, Getas (Fish Crackers), Kemplang, Bingke Cookie, Lakse, Kue Bluder, Otak-otak, Fried Cempedak, and other traditional treats of Muntok.

Bangka is known to have a distinct taste of food and snacks, and some of these can be found in Muntok. If you happen to be here don’t forget to try Lempah Kuning (a type of soup), Lampek Durian, Getas (Fish Crackers), Kemplang, Bingke Cookie, Lakse, Kue Bluder, Otak-otak, Fried Cempedak, and other traditional treats of Muntok.

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