Tanjung Kelayang Tria credit Tinton Ariestanto
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recently announced 8 new Global Geoparks including Belitong in Indonesia.
Belitong Geopark is located in Belitung Island, approximately 400 km north of Jakarta and 500 km south of Singapore.
“Belitong” is the traditional name of Belitung Island, a tin-rich island with fascinating history, spectacular geology and beautiful landscape and represents the customs, culture and history of the people living in the island.
Biodiversity Surveys have identified around 566 plant species, 11 mammal species, including the Belitong Tarsier, and 94 species of birds.
KUALE GRANITE MANGROVE FOREST
Mangrove granite rock where at least 6 species of mangrove trees can be found. During the nineteenth century, this area was known as a trading port connecting the river to the Natuna Sea in the north.
Visitors can walk along 650 metre-long track along the river edge while enjoying the mangrove forest.
Belitong’s fourth oldest mosque is situated around this river and just 300 metres away is an ancient Konghucu temple built two years earlier than the mosque.
TERONG TOURISM VILLAGE
Terong tourism village is made up of four sites; Bebatu (agro-tourism), Bukit Tebalu (nature), Aik Rusa Berehun (creative tourism) and the surrouding mangrove forest.
TANJUNG KELAYANG TRIAS GRANITE ROCK
Featuring exotic views from the coastal rock structures composed of Triassic (213 million years ago) granite Tor morphology undersea which has been recognised as world class geological heritage.
A small island cluster is formed from these rock structures which offer stunning views and crystal clear water perfect for exploring both on land and sea. Other culturally significant attractions include a colonial lighthouse at Lengkuas Island.
More information on the Belitong Geopark is available on the official website.
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