Ternate City

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Kota Ternate
Official seal of Ternate
Ternate is located in Halmahera
Location off Halmahera
Coordinates: 0°41′N 127°24′E / 0.683°N 127.400°E / 0.683; 127.400
Country Indonesia
Province North Maluku
Island Halmahera
 • Mayor Drs. H. Burhan Abdurrahman
 • Total 111.39 km2 (43.01 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 207,295
 • Density 1,860.98/km2 (4,819.9/sq mi)
Time zone WIT (UTC+9)
Area code(s) +62 921

Ternate City (Indonesian: Kota Ternate) is the largest town in the province of North Maluku in Indonesia. It is located on the islands of Ternate in the Maluku Islands. Sofifi City, the new provincial capital consisting of the former mainland portion, was split off.

Greater Ternate City spreads 10 kilometres from the airport to Bastiong port. The commercial centre stretches 2 kilometres from the bus terminal near Fort Oranye to Ahmad Yani Port where Pelni ships arrive.[1] The current Sultan's Palace, built in 1796, is now partly a museum. The large Fort Oranye, built by the Dutch in 1607, was the home of the Dutch East Indies Company until it moved to Batavia (Jakarta) around 1619.

According to a news report by the Huffington Post, the U.S. Geological Survey said that a 6.6-magnitude shallow, strong earthquake (12 miles under the Molucca Sea) struck off Ternate on Monday, November 14, 2011, but an official of the Indonesian meteorological and geophysics agency said there was little risk of a tsunami.[2]

Fort Tolukko in the 1930s


Ternate city (which includes various minor islands as well as the main island of Ternate) is divided into 7 districts as follows:

  • Pulau Ternate (Ternate Island)
  • Moti
  • Pulau Batang Dua (Batang Dua Island)
  • Pulau Hiri (Hiri Island)
  • Ternate Selatan (South Ternate)
  • Ternate Tengah (Central Ternate)
  • Ternate Utara (North Ternate)


  1. ^ Witton, Patrick (2003). Indonesia (7th edition). Melbourne: Lonely Planet. p. 166. ISBN 1-74059-154-2. 
  2. ^ "Strong, Shallow Earthquake Hits Eastern Indonesia". Huffington Post. November 13, 2011. 

Coordinates: 0°47′N 127°22′E / 0.783°N 127.367°E / 0.783; 127.367