Pekalongan Regency

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Pekalongan Regency

Kabupaten Pekalongan
Other transcription(s)
 • Javaneseꦑꦧꦸꦥꦠꦺꦤ꧀ꦦꦼꦏꦭꦺꦴꦔꦤ꧀
Coat of arms of Pekalongan Regency
Coat of arms
Location within Central Java
Location within Central Java
Pekalongan Regency is located in Java
Pekalongan Regency
Pekalongan Regency
Location in Java and Indonesia
Pekalongan Regency is located in Indonesia
Pekalongan Regency
Pekalongan Regency
Pekalongan Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 6°52′57″S 109°40′12″E / 6.88250°S 109.67000°E / -6.88250; 109.67000
Country Indonesia
Province Central Java
 • RegentAsip Kholbihi
 • Vice RegentArini Harimukti
 • Total836.13 km2 (322.83 sq mi)
 • Total897,711
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (Indonesia Western Standard Time)
Area code(+62) 285

Pekalongan Regency is a regency (Indonesian: kabupaten) on the north coast of Central Java province in Indonesia. It covers an area of 836.13 km2 and had a population of 838,621 at the 2010 Census;[2] the latest official estimate (as at mid 2019) is 897,711.[3] Its administrative centre was formerly at Pekalongan City, but since that city was administratively separated from the regency, the regency's capital is now at Kajen, which is located in the middle of the regency, about 25 km south of Pekalongan City. Pekalongan residents are well known for their pursuit of perfection regarding the Indonesian traditional clothing called Batik.

The Dutch name of the regency is 'Pacalongan'.


The word Pekalongan is believed to be derived from the Javanese word, Topo Ngalong, which means "bat-like meditation".[4]


The northern part of the Pekalongan Regency is lowland, while the southern part of the regency is highland.[5]

Administrative Districts[edit]

Pekalongan Regency comprises nineteen districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census,[6] together with the latest official estimates (for mid 2019).[7] The table also includes the number of administrative villages (rural desa and urban kelurahan) in each district and its post code.

Name Area
mid 2019
Kandangserang 60.55 31,808 34,211 14 51163
Paninggaran 92.99 34,221 35,824 15 51164
Lebakbarang 58.20 9,885 10,661 11 51183
Petungkriyono 73.59 11,882 13,105 9 51193
Talun 58.57 25,412 27,801 10 51192
Doro 68.45 37,071 38,419 14 51191
Karanganyar 63.48 35,698 37,674 15 51182
Kajen 75.15 58,048 58,759 25 51161
Kesesi 58.51 61,228 61,980 23 551162
Sragi 32.40 60,665 63,273 17 51155
Siwalan 25.91 37,573 38,037 13 51137
Bojong 40.06 62,460 63,340 22 51156
Wonopringgo 18.80 41,186 43,424 14 51181
Kedungwuni 22.93 90,774 100,938 19 51173
Karangdadap 21.00 33,413 37,624 11 51174
Buaran 9.54 42,495 47,465 10 51171
Tirto 17.39 65,002 75,053 16 51151
Wiradesa 12.70 56,065 61,011 16 51127
Wonokerto 15.91 43,735 49,112 11 51153
Totals 836.13 838,621 897,711 285


Pekalongan has long been known as a "batik city", and one of the centers of batik production is in the Districts of Buaran and Wiradesa. Some of the names of batik producers that are quite well known include Batik Humas (short for Husein Mohammad Assegaff). While the famous sarong (palekat fabric) factory in Pekalongan includes "Gajah Duduk" and "WadiMoor". There is also a batik center in Wiradesa which is International Batik Center (IBC).

Actually there are still a lot of tourism potential that can be developed in Pekalongan Regency, among others, Sunter Beach Depok, Watu Bahan, Wonokerto Beach, Petungkriyono Ecotourism, Water Tourism, Forest Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Curug Siwatang Paninggaran, Temple Trenggolek Paninggaran, Anjir Peak, Bukit Pawuluhan Kandangserang, and others. There are also hidden beautiful natural attractions such as Curug Bajing which access roads are not yet available.[8] Pekalongan is still waiting for investors who want develop this attraction.

For food connoisseurs, Pekalongan provides culinary tourism in the form of Taoto and megono rice, Taoto is a kind of soto that is made with taco sauce and with meat and buffalo spices. Medium megono is chopped young jackfruit flavored with grated coconut and steamed which is suitable to be enjoyed while still hot

For those of you who like historical tours, you can visit the Pabrik Gula Sragie sugar factory located in the Sragi District. The factory is a Dutch colonial factory.

In the southern part of regency there is a mountainous tourist area named Linggo Asri, which includes bathing area, relics of lingga and yoni, playground and pine forest.[9] There are also Pekalongan Hindu communities here.[10]


For travelers who are going on an adventure in Pekalongan Regency, there are many modes of transportation, including bus or angkot. In Kajen there is a bus terminal which is quite large namely Kajen Main Terminal which serves the Jakarta - Pekalongan route. Buses serving these routes include Dewi Sri, Dedy Jaya, Sinar Jaya, Kurnia Jaya, Garuda Mas, Laju Prima, etc.

There is also the only station in Pekalongan Regency, namely Sragi Station. Unfortunately, this station does not serve passengers because its status is a small station. However, for those of you who choose the train transportation mode, you don't need to worry because there are still other alternative stations, namely Pekalongan Station located in Pekalongan City. This station is a class A station that serves the entire train journey (except Argo Anggrek Malam) both from Jakarta and Surabaya.

Traditional foods[edit]

Pekalongan offers several traditional foods, such as:

Sego Megono (Megono Rice)[edit]

Sego Megono is rice with sliced young jackfruit and grated coconut. It is savory and spicy, it's usually served while still hot with an additional menu of fresh vegetables and fried fish. Sego megono is usually wrapped in teak leaves or banana leaves. Some people also call it "Sego Gori" (Jackfruit Rice).[11]

Soto Tauto Pekalongan (Pekalongan Tauto Soup)[edit]

Soto tauto is a kind of meat soup with thick sauce made with tauto (fermented soy), buffalo meat and bowel.[12]

Pindang Tetel[edit]

A kind of soup, where the seasoning sauce are processed with ripe pucung fruit.

Iwak Panggang (Smoked Fish)[edit]

This food is made of fish that is processed by smoking the fish, the fish will change its color, flavor and aroma. This food can be found in Pekalongan traditional markets.

Wajik Kletik[edit]

Wajik Kletik is some kind of cake with diamond shape made from glutinous rice plus brown sugar and grated coconut mixed together.

Kopi Tahlil[edit]

Kopi tahlil is made from a blend of pure coffee with spices like ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, pandanus leaves, lemongrass, and nutmeg.

Apem Kesesi[edit]

Apem kesesi is made from rice flour and palm/red sugar, the food was famous in pekalongan surrounding areas particularly in the western part up to the Comal, because it also markets to Comal traditional markets. Many people also recognize this food as Apem Comal.

Usek Krenyes[edit]

Is a typical food Paninggaran a type of cracker made from tapioca flour and fried using river sand which of course has also been cleaned. "Krenyes" in Indonesian is a spice up on the usek. There are two variants of taste, namely spicy and sweety.


Namely a kind of food typical of Paninggaran which is made from grated cassava.


There are several colleges and academies in Pekalongan Regency.

  • The State Institute for Islamic Study (IAIN) Pekalongan
  • Muhammadiyah Polytechnic Pekalongan, Kajen
  • College of Health Sciences (STIKES) Muhammadiyah Pekajangan
  • Academy of Health Analysis (AAK) Pekalongan
  • STIKAP (Islamic High School Kyai Ageng Pekalongan) YMI Wonopringgo Pekalongan
  • Indonesia Open University (UPBJJ)

Higher Education[edit]

  • NU Pekalongan University
  • Pekalongan State Islamic Institute (IAIN)
  • Pekalongan University (UNIKAL) Pekalongan
  • Kajen Community Community Academy (AKN)
  • Muhammadiyah University Pekajangan Pekalongan (UMPP)
  • Pekalongan Academy of Health Analysis (AAK)
  • STIKAP (Kyai Ageng Islamic High School Pekalongan) YMI Wonopringgo Pekalongan
  • UT Pekalongan Regency

Vocational High School[edit]

  • State Vocational School Sragi, Kedungwuni, Lebakbarang, Karangdadap
  • SMK Yapenda 01 Kedungwuni
  • SMK Yapenda 02 Wiradesa Pekalongan
  • Muhammadiyah Bligo Vocational School
  • Muhammadiyah Bojong Vocational School
  • SMK Muhamaduyah Kesesi
  • SMK Muhamadiyah Kajen
  • Kedungwuni Muhamadiyah Vocational School
  • Muhammadiyah Karanganyar Vocational School
  • Muhamadiyah Wiradesa Vocational School
  • Muhammadiyah Talun Vocational School
  • Muhamadiyah Doro Vocational School
  • SMK Muhamadiyah Pencongan
  • SMK Islamiyyah Sapugarut
  • Bojong Islamic Vocational School
  • Salakbrojo Kedungwuni Islamic Vocational School
  • 45 Islamic High School Wiradesa
  • Al-Fusha Kedungwuni Vocational School
  • SMK Ar Rahman Watusalam
  • Vocational School Ma'arif NU Tirto
  • Vocational School Ma'arif NU Kajen
  • SMK Ma'arif NU Kesesi
  • Vocational School Ma'arif NU Doro
  • Wira Bahari Wiradesa Vocational School
  • Gondang Vocational School
  • SMK Nurul Ummah Paninggaran
  • SMK Diponegoro Karanganyar
  • Vocational High School Siwalan Community Development
  • Prima Kesesi Vocational School
  • SMK NU Sragi
  • SMK NU Kesesi

High School[edit]

  • Public High School ( Bojong, Doro, Kajen, Kedungwuni, Kesesi, Kandangserang, Kesesi, Sragi, Paninggaran, Petungkriono, Talun, Wiradesa)
  • Muhammadiyah I Pekajangan High School
  • Muhammadiyah II Pekajangan High School
  • SMA PGRI 1 Wiradesa
  • SMA PGRI 2 Kajen
  • Yapenda Karanganyar High School
  • Doro Islamic High School
  • YMI Wonopringgo Islamic High School
  • Hasbullah Karanganyar Islamic High School
  • MAN Pekalongan
  • MA Ath-Thohiriyyah
  • MA NU Karangdadap
  • MA Salafiyah Simbangkulon Buaran
  • MA Dr. Ibnu Mas'ud Wiradesa
  • MA Muhammadiyah Pekajangan
  • MA Hasbullah Karanganyar
  • MA Nahdliyah Talun
  • MA Salafiyah Syafiiyah Proto
  • MA Yappi Kesesi
  • MA Walisongo Kedungwuni
  • MA Walisongo Pekajangan
  • MA YMI Wonopringgo

Junior High School[edit]

Health facilities[edit]

There are several health facilities in Pekalongan Regency.

  • Pekajangan Islamic Hospital (RSI) in Ambokembang, Kedungwuni District
  • Kajen General Hospital (RSU) in Karanganyar District
  • Kraton General Hospital (RSU) in Pekalongan


  • Adi Kurdi, Indonesian actor
  • Dharsono Hartono Rekso, 1st ASEAN Secretary General
  • Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara, lawyer, human rights defender
  • Zainal Abidin Domba, Indonesian actor
  • Rudy Hadisuwarno, professional hairdresser
  • Beb Bakhuys, Dutch footballer
  • Joe Hin Tjio, scientist
  • Asip Kholbihi, Regent of Pekalongan Regency (2015-2020)


Pekalongan people have their own dialect. The dialects usually ending an order sentence with the word "ra". For example: "ojo koyo kui ra" (don't be like that). On the southern regency the dialect differs a little, where most possibility sentence is followed by the word "ndean", other typical southern pekalongan dialect is the use of word Cok-e which means "maybe". Some example are: "wis mangan, ndean!? wis mangan, cok-e!?" ("have he eat? maybe he has?"). There are other typical dialect like the use of the word "pak ora si" which means "It doesn't matter".


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2020.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2020.
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  6. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  7. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2020.
  8. ^ / 2014/11/03 / riski-apriyoga-si-cantik-from-petungkriyono-curug-squirrel / "Riska Apriyoga: The Beauty of Petungkriyono, Curug Bajing" Check |url= value (help). Your Travelmate. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
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  11. ^ "Sensasi Sahur dengan Nasi Megono di Pekalongan". Republika Online. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  12. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber. "Hhmm... Gurihnya Soto Tauto Pekalongan". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2020-06-03.

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Coordinates: 6°52′57″S 109°40′12″E / 6.88250°S 109.67000°E / -6.88250; 109.67000