Bantul (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈbantʊl]) is a regency located in the Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. The regency's population was 911,503 at the 2010 Census, but has risen to 947,568 according to the latest (January 2014) official estimate. Like many regencies on the island of Java, it is densely populated with roughly 1,865 people per square kilometre, although this is largely because the north of the regency partly surrounds the city of Yogyakarta and contains many suburban communities.
On 27 May 2006 an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck near Java's southern coast causing widespread damage. Bantul Regency was the region most affected by the disaster. Around 4,100 residents of Bantul Regency were killed, 12,000 were injured. 72,000 houses were destroyed, and 137,000 were damaged.