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Kota Tangerang
Kota Tangerang
Official seal of Kota Tangerang
Nickname(s): City of Aviation and Exoville
Motto: Bhakti Karya Adhi Kertarahardja
Kota Tangerang is located in Indonesia
Kota Tangerang
Location of Tangerang in Indonesia
Country Indonesia
Province Banten
Formation Early-1990s
 • Type City Authority under Democratic Nominee
 • Mayor Arief Rachadiono Wismansyah
 • Total 164.54 km2 (63.53 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 2,001,925[1]
  Health Ministry Estimate 2014
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) +62 21
Vehicle registration B
Website .id.go.tangerangkotawww

Tangerang is a city in the Province of Banten, Indonesia. It is located about 25 km west of Jakarta. It is the third largest urban centre in the Jabotabek region after Jakarta and Bekasi, now the sixth largest city in the nation. It has an area of 164.54 km² and an official 2010 Census population of 1,797,715,[2] increasing to 2,001,925 as at 2014[1] - making it the eighth most populated suburb in the world at the latter date. The Soekarno–Hatta International Airport which serves metropolitan Jakarta is located within the city.


  • Overview 1
  • Demographics 2
  • History 3
    • Situ Gintung Flood 3.1
    • The Benteng Heritage Museum 3.2
  • Administration 4
  • South Tangerang 5
  • Education 6
  • Economy 7
  • Transportation 8
  • Sister cities 9
  • Picture gallery 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Tangerang is an industrial and manufacturing hub on Java and is home to over 1,000 factories. Many international corporations have plants in the city. Tangerang tends to be hot and humid, with little in the way of trees or geographical features. Certain areas consist of swamps, including the areas near the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.

In recent years the urban expansion of Jakarta has covered Tangerang, and as a result many of its residents commute to Jakarta for work, or vice versa. Many high-class and middle-class satellite cities have been developed in Tangerang, complete with their own shopping malls, private schools and convenience centers. The government is working on expanding the highway system to accommodate more traffic flow to and from the area.


Tangerang also has a significant community of Chinese Indonesians, many of whom are of Cina Benteng extraction. Benteng means 'fortress' in Indonesian. They were descended from Manchu laborers who were brought there by the Dutch colonials in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are culturally distinct from other Chinese communities in the area: while almost none speak any dialect of Chinese, they are culturally very strongly Daoist and maintain their own places of worship and community centers. They are ethnically mixed. A large Chinese cemetery is also located in Tangerang, much of which has now been developed into modern suburban communities such as Lippo Karawaci, Summarecon Gading Serpong, Bumi Serpong Damai, Bintaro Jaya, Modernland, and Alam Sutra.

Most of the Chinatown of Tangerang is located at Sewan, Pasar Lama, Pasar Baru, Benteng Makasar, Kapling, Karawaci (not Lippo Karawaci). One can find any food and all things Chinese there. Lippo Karawaci, Bintaro Jaya, Bumi Serpong Damai and Alam Sutra are new locations of residential places (New Towns). A vast majority of the residents are newcomers, not genuine Benteng Chinese.


In October 1945, Laskar Hitam, a Muslim militia was established in Tangerang. The goal of this movement was to establish an Islamic nation in Indonesia. This movement later became a part of DI/TII rebel group. On October 31, 1945, Laskar Hitam kidnapped Otto Iskandardinata, Republic of Indonesia's Minister of State. He was presumed to have been murdered at Mauk beach, Tangerang on December 20, 1945.

Tangerang city was formed as an autonomous city on 27 February 1993 out of the Tangerang Regency. The city was previously an administrative city within that Regency.

In August 1996, Walmart, the largest retail group in USA, opened its first branch in Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang. The branch was ransacked and burned down during the Indonesian riots of May 1998. Walmart discontinued their investment in Indonesia after the riot.

Situ Gintung Flood

Tangerang District is the location of the Situ Gintung reservoir built by the Dutch colonial authorities in 1933. It was surrounded by a dam up to 16 metres (52 ft) high, which failed on 27 March 2009 with the resulting floods killing at least 93 people.[3]

The Benteng Heritage Museum

Besides of Boen Tek Bio Temple, the Benteng Heritage Museum are built by Udaya. It is opened on the auspicious November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11 and enriched the Chinese heritage.[4]

The museum display about Chinese (Cina) Benteng which about Chinese male married with female native Indonesian, so the children are called 'Cina Peranakan'. Most of the Cina Peranakan male then married also with female native Indonesian, so most of the Cina Benteng nowadays are rather difficult to differentiate with other native Indonesian by its posture or skin, but they still celebrate Imlek (Chinese New Year).[5]


The city of Tangerang is divided into thirteen districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population.

Name Population
Census 2010
Ciledug 147,023
Larangan 163,901
Karang Tengah
(Central Karang)
Cipondoh 216,346
Pinang 160,206
Tangerang 126,244
Karawaci 171,317
Jati Uwung 120,216
Cibodas 142,479
Periuk 129,384
Batuceper 90,590
Neglasari 103,504
Benda 83,017

South Tangerang

South Tangerang (Tangerang Selatan) is a city which, like Tangerang city itself, is administratively separate from Tangerang Regency. It is subdivided into seven districts, which are Serpong, Serpong Utara (North Serpong), Ciputat, Ciputat Timur (East Ciputat), Pondok Aren, Pamulang, and Setu. Located on the southwest of Jakarta, it has an area of 147.19 square kilometres and a population of 1,303,569 at the 2010 Census.[6] If it is combined with Tangerang city, Tangerang will become the 2nd biggest city in Indonesia, replacing Surabaya


Tangerang city provides educational facilities from kindergarten to college. In addition to government schools founded by there are many private schools and colleges. Among these are Sekolah Santa Ursula BSD,[7] Santa Laurensia School,[8] Sekolah Menengah Atas Kristen Penabur Gading Serpong,[9] and Sekolah Islamic Village.

The German International School Jakarta is located in Bumi Serpong Damai in Tangerang.[10] The private business school Prasetiya Mulya School of Business and Economics (PMSBE) is also located in Bumi Serpong Damai.[11]


Garuda Indonesia, the Indonesian national airline, is headquartered at the airport, located in Tangerang.[12] Angkasa Pura II's head office is on the airport property.[13]

Airfast Indonesia has its head office in Tangerang.[14]


There are two highway connections from Jakarta. Firstly, the Jakarta–Merak highway, which have three different exits points to Tangerang city. Secondly, Bumi Serpong Damai - Jakarta Outer Ringroad highway providing direct toll access from Tangerang, Jakarta, Bekasi, and Bogor. The feeder buses of Transjakarta serves commutter from Bumi Serpong Damai and Bintaro Jaya. KRL Jabotabek serves from Tangerang and Serpong to Jakarta Kota. Many shopping malls developed in Tangerang, such as Mal Summarecon Serpong, WTC Matahari, BSD Plaza, ITC BSD, Bintaro Plaza, and the biggest one, Supermal Karawaci. For the Indonesian A1 Grand Prix in November 2008, the government had developed Lippo Karawaci circuit.

Apart from using buses and public transport, there are several taxi companies operating in the city, such as the express taxi, blue bird, and the local operator Arimbi.

Air Conditioned public bus shuttle is available from the Airport to several destinations inside Jakarta. This is operated by Damri a state owned company.

There are also private shuttle bus services from Jakarta to private residential area such as Lippo Karawaci and Citra Raya.

There are 17 intersections prone to traffic congestion with the obsolete Multi Program Eight Phase System. By 2012, Tangerang will have a new technology, called the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) uses a closed-circuit camera that would respond to traffic conditions at any given intersection and could reduce the rate of congestion by 30 percent.[15]

Sister cities

Tangerang is twinned with:

Picture gallery


  1. ^ a b Estimasi Penduduk Menurut Umur Tunggal Dan Jenis Kelamin 2014 Kementerian Kesehatan
  2. ^ Statistic by Region
  3. ^ "Evakuasi Hari Ini Dihentikan, Jumlah Korban 93 Orang".  
  4. ^ 'An encounter with history,' The Jakarta Post.
  5. ^ Mutia Nugraheni (February 11, 2015). "Mengenal Museum Peranakan Tionghoa Satu-satunya di Indonesia". 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Santa Ursula BSD
  8. ^ Santa Laurensia school
  9. ^ SMA Penabur
  10. ^ "Contact Us." German International School Jakarta. "Retrieved on February 11, 2015. "Jl. Puspa Widya No 8 Bumi Serpong Damai Tangerang 15322 Banten / Indonesia"
  11. ^ "Prasetiya Mulya School of Business and Economics." Retrieved on March 29, 2015. "Edutown, Kavling Edu I no. 1, Jl. BSD Raya Barat I, BSD City, Serpong - Tangerang 15339"
  12. ^ " Contacts." Garuda Indonesia. Retrieved on 22 June 2009.
  13. ^ "Informasi Perusahaan." Angkasa Pura II. Retrieved on 16 September 2010. "Kantor Pusat PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II Bandara Internasional Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta."
  14. ^ "Corporate Contact." Airfast Indonesia. Retrieved on 6 June 2013. "Jl. Marsekal Suryadarma No. 8 Tangerang 15129 - Indonesia"
  15. ^ Tangerang goes hi-tech in traffic | The Jakarta Post

External links

  • (Indonesian) Official website
  • (Indonesian) portal from tangsel
  • (Indonesian) - Portal Buy and Sell in Indonesian Regional Tangerang
  • An encounter with history in Tangerang
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