Palangka Raya

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Palangka Raya
City
From top, right to left: Sukarno Monument, Islamic Center of Palangka Raya, Youth Statue, Bird Round of central park, University of Palangka Raya, and some of local parliament offices.
From top, right to left:
Sukarno Monument, Islamic Center of Palangka Raya, Youth Statue, Bird Round of central park, University of Palangka Raya, and some of local parliament offices.
Official seal of Palangka Raya
Seal
Location within Central Kalimantan
Location within Central Kalimantan
Palangka Raya is located in Kalimantan
Palangka Raya
Palangka Raya
Location in Kalimantan and Indonesia
Palangka Raya is located in Indonesia
Palangka Raya
Palangka Raya
Palangka Raya (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 2°12′36″S 113°55′12″E / 2.21000°S 113.92000°E / -2.21000; 113.92000Coordinates: 2°12′36″S 113°55′12″E / 2.21000°S 113.92000°E / -2.21000; 113.92000
Country  Indonesia
Province Coat of arms of Central Kalimantan.png Central Kalimantan
Founded 17 July 1957
Government
 • Mayor Riban Satia
 • Vice Mayor Mofit Saptono Subagio
Area
 • Total 2,678.51 km2 (1,034.18 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 376,647[1]
Demographics
 • Religion[2] Islam 69.31%
Protestant 26.51%
Catholic 1.88%
Hindu 1.59%
Kaharingan 0.53%
Buddhist 0.17
Confucian 0.004%
Time zone Indonesia Western Time (UTC+7)
Area code (+62) 536
Website palangkaraya.go.id

Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. The closest airport serving the city is Tjilik Riwut.[3]

The city had a population of 220,962 inhabitants at the 2010 census[4] (compared with 158,770 at the previous census in 2000), with an average population density of 92.1 per km² (Indonesian Population Census 2010 results). The latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 236,601.

The city was established in 1957 (Emergency Law 10/1957 on the establishment of the Autonomous Region Central Kalimantan Level I)[5] on wilderness that opened through the Pahandut village alongside Kahayan river banks. Palangka Raya is the largest city by land area in Indonesia.[6] Most of the area is still forested, including protected forests, nature conservation areas, and Tangkiling Forest.[7]

Palangka Raya is now considered as frontrunner of the cities in the Indonesian future capital proposal.[8][9][10]

History[edit]

Cityscape of Palangka Raya with the Kahayan River in the foreground

Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan) province was established on 23 May 1957. The first Indonesian president, Sukarno, initiated construction of the city of Palangka Raya, the capital of the new province. Initially, it was planned as the new capital of Indonesia to replace Jakarta; a proposal that was discussed until recently.[11]

The first pillar of Palangka Raya City development was done[12] by the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the time, Sukarno on 17 July 1957 marked the inauguration of the monument to the provincial capital of Central Kalimantan in Pahandut. Then, based on Law No. 21 of 1958 that which was formerly provincial Capital Pahandut was renamed to Palangka Raya.[13]

Etymology[edit]

Palangka Raya consists of a combination of two words which are from the Dayak Ngaju Language and Sanskrit. Palangka (Ngaju) means a sacred site and raya (Sanskrit) means vast, so Palangka Raya means a vast sacred site.[14]

Administrative districts[edit]

Prior to decentralization in 2001, Palangka Raya had two administrative districts, namely Pahandut and Bukit Batu. Now, Palangka Raya consists of five administrative districts: Pahandut, Jekan Raya, Bukit Batu, Sebangau, and Rakumpit.[citation needed]

Kahayan Bridge, Palangka Raya

Transport[edit]

An aviation academy has been set up by Lion Air.[15]

Education[edit]

Palangka Raya is a home to number of universities University of Palangka Raya, Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palangka Raya, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Hindu Tampung Penyang (STAHN-TP) Palangka Raya, and Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen (STAKN) Palangka Raya of which the only public university there. Some major private universities in Palangka Raya are: Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya, STMIK Palangka Raya, Universitas Kristen Palangka Raya, STIH Palangka Raya, Universitas PGRI Palangka Raya, STIE Palangka Raya, STIP Bunga Bangsa Palangka Raya, Poltekkes Palangka Raya, STIPAS Palangka Raya, and STIKES Eka Harap Palangka Raya.

The future capital of Indonesia[edit]

In 1957, when President Sukarno inaugurated a monument in the place that was then still called Pahandut, he expressed his desire to make the city the new republic’s future capital.[16]

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