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Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese吉打邦 (頭彭)
 • PinyinJí dǎ bāng (Tóu péng)
 • Jawiکتاڤڠ
Ketapang city001.JPG
Ketapang ASRI (Aman, Sehat, Ramah, Indah)
Location within West Kalimantan
Location within West Kalimantan
Ketapang is located in Kalimantan
Location in Kalimantan and Indonesia
Ketapang is located in Indonesia
Ketapang (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 1°51′S 109°59′E / 1.850°S 109.983°E / -1.850; 109.983Coordinates: 1°51′S 109°59′E / 1.850°S 109.983°E / -1.850; 109.983
ProvinceWest Kalimantan
 • RegentMartin Rantan
Time zoneUTC+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 1°51′S 109°59′E / 1.850°S 109.983°E / -1.850; 109.983 and is a small city on the delta of the Pawan River. Ketapang is served by the Ketapang Airport (Rahadi Osman Airport).


Tua Pek Kong Ketapang, icon of the city

Ketapang is named from the local Malay name for ketapang tree (Terminalia catappa).

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).

Keraton Matan (also known as Keraton G.M.Saunan, name of the last King) used to be a Malay's kingdom palace. Now a museum


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.


The main industries consists in the production of palm oil, rubber and wood. And also there are some mining like alumina, bauxite, zircon sand and lead (Batu Galena)


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.


Rahadi Osman Airport, Ketapang, West Borneo, Indonesia

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.[1] Aviastar stopped the service in 2018. Ketapang can also be reached via ship from Pontianak (a six-hour speedboat ride, departing Pontianak daily at 6 am). 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 every day. 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.

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Tugu Ale-ale

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