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Official logo of Blitar
Motto: Kridha Hangudi Jaya
Blitar is located in Java
Location of Blitar in Java
Blitar is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
Coordinates: 8°06′S 112°09′E / 8.100°S 112.150°E / -8.100; 112.150Coordinates: 8°06′S 112°09′E / 8.100°S 112.150°E / -8.100; 112.150
Country Indonesia
Province East Java
City April 1, 1906
 • Mayor Samanhudi Anwar
 • Total 32 km2 (8.29 sq mi)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 132,018
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Post code 66100
Area code(s) 0342
Vehicle registration AG

Blitar is a city in East Java, Indonesia, about 73 km from Malang and 167 km from Surabaya. The area lies within longitude 111° 40' - 112° 09' East and its latitude is 8° 06' South. Blitar has several temples from Majapahit Empire era, such as Penataran and Simping.

The city is noted as the location of the grave of Sukarno, the first President of Indonesia, five kilometers from the city plaza. The Istana Gebang (Gebang palace) where Sukarno lived as a child is nearby and has been converted into a museum containing numerous items commemorating Sukarno's place in Indonesian history. In addition, the very active Kelud volcano is located just over 20 kilometers north of Blitar.

Former Vice President of Indonesia, Dr. Boediono, and the commander-in-chief of the Indonesian military, Admiral Agus Suhartono, were born in Blitar. Both of them are the alumni of SMP Negeri 1 Blitar and SMA Negeri 1 Blitar.

Local economic governance[edit]

Based on the survey conducted between August 2010 and January 2011, Blitar was rated number one in Indonesia for local economic governance, being considered particularly good in infrastructure, interaction between local administrations and businesses, business licensing, and regional head capacity and integrity.[1]

People from Blitar[edit]

Bathing place near Temple Panataran, near Blitar


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