|• Chinese||吉打邦 (头彭)|
|• Pinyin||Jí dǎ bāng (Tóu péng)|
Ketapang ASRI (Aman, Sehat, Ramah, Indah)
Location within West Kalimantan
|• Regent||Martin Rantan|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (WIB)|
Ketapang or Tau-pang in Teochew is the capital city of Ketapang Regency (Kabupaten Ketapang), one of the regencies of West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Ketapang city is located at and is a small city on the delta of the Pawan River. Ketapang is served by the Ketapang Airport (Rahadi Osman Airport).
In 1936, Ketapang regency became one of the Afdeling (district in Dutch) in Keresidenan Kalimantan Barat (Residentis Western Afdeling van Borneo). In 1956, Ketapang regency became an autonomous regency in West Kalimantan province, and led by a regent (bupati).
In formal Indonesian administrative subdivision, Ketapang is not a city. The name of Ketapang is only referred for Ketapang Regency. Although there is no exact border of the city, most of the government offices and the central of business of Ketapang Regency are located in Delta Pawan District (Kecamatan Delta Pawan) and because of that the district is considered as the capital of the regency. The district itself is located on the delta of the Pawan River.
There are 37 high schools operated by state, private and religious institutions. The city has a polytechnic (Politeknik Ketapang, opened in 2008) and an Open University (Universitas Terbuka).
The three hospitals located in the city are RSUD Dr.Agoesdjam (public hospital), RS Fatima (private hospital), and RS Permata Bunda (private hospital).
Ketapang is a multicultural city. It has a large population of Chinese. Madurese and Javanese are significant minorities, in terms of size. Most Chinese residents in Ketapang are of either Teochew or Hakka descent with Teochew being the majority. Because of this, Teochew is the main dialect used among Chinese residents in Ketapang. The native Indonesians living there are mainly of Malay and Dayak descent. In regards to speech, most citizens of Ketapang incorporate a type of Malay accent in their Indonesian, which is somewhat similar to that used in Malaysia.
Ketapang is served by the Ketapang Airport (Rahadi Osman Airport). The airport has some connecting flights to Pontianak and Semarang via Pangkalan Bun. Since February 2011, Ketapang also has direct flight to Jakarta, by Aviastar. Aviastar stopped the service in 2018. Ketapang can also be reached via ship from Pontianak (a six-hour speedboat ride, departing Pontianak daily at 6am). The ship also stopped the service in 2018. But there are some ship from Teluk Melano, 2 hours drive from Ketapang and home pick-up included, to Pontianak everyday. Pontianak's airport serves flights to Jakarta. By 2019, it is possible to drive to Pontianak by car in about 12 hours passing Trans-Kalimantan road.
- Gunung Palung National Park, a rainforest park that can be reached from Ketapang. It was once wholly part of Ketapang regency, but now only a small part is, the rest in the regency that is named Kayong Utara or North Kayong (created 2007). Kayong is the nickname of Ketapang.
- Pematang Gadung, The Peat Forest, the home of wild Orangutan.
- Kelenteng Tua Pek Kong (大伯公), a Chinese temple.
- Tugu Ale-ale. Ale-ale is a kind of shell.
- Beaches in Ketapang include Sungai Jawi beach (10 km from the city), Tanjung Batu beach (35 km), and Pulau Datok beach (80 km).
- Makam Raja-Raja Tanjungpura (Tanjungpura Royal Cemetery), 3 hour from Ketapang city, by motorcycle and small boat that carries motorcycle through a section of road that is flooded. The flooded section is being repaired in 2019.
- Teochew dialect, a common dialect of Chinese residents in Ketapang.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Ketapang
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- (in Indonesian) Official website
- Local news (in Indonesian)
-  http://www.savegporangutans.org (Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program)
- Aviastar Airlines - Direct from Jakarta to Ketapang
- Sights and Sounds of Ketapang Blog
- (in Indonesian) http://ketapangcityku.blogspot.com/2012/07/makam-raja-tanjungpura-ketapang.html
- (in Indonesian) http://visit-ketapang.weebly.com/tanjungpura-kingdom.html
- Go West Kalimantan http://www.goarchi.com/archo/provinces/w-kalim/w-kalimtour.html
- Kalimantan as a Tourism Destination http://www.extremeborneo.com/Kalimantan_Destinations.html