Bangka is a spot for various marine activities such as diving, scuba, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. The island comprises of 254 small islets totalling to a coastal length of 1200 sq. km, divided into 7 sub-provinces in Indonesia.
Named after Wangka, meaning tin, this island has historical relevance after the discovery of tin in the year 1710. Although tin mining is not as prevalent as before, this island owes its fame and wealth to this metal.
The Chinese make up at least 20% of the population of this gorgeous island. They are mostly descendants of the workers in the tin factory.
The oldest temple is in Batu Rusa, a village along the road from Pangkalpinang to Sungai Liat. Another majestic and beautiful temple is located near Tayu in the north of Bangka Island. There are approximately 55 Chinese and Buddhist temples in Bangka.
Because of its closeness to the sea, it’s no surprise that sea food is a favourite among the people here. However, owing to the residents of the island, there is a strong Chinese influence in the food, especially in the use of spices. The Gebung is a must-trydish when in Bangka.
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