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Tasikmalaya Municipality
Official seal of Tasikmalaya Municipality
Location of Tasikmalaya in West Java
Location of Tasikmalaya in West Java
Tasikmalaya Municipality is located in Indonesia
Tasikmalaya Municipality
Tasikmalaya Municipality
Location of Tasikmalaya in Indonesia
Coordinates: 7°20′S 108°12′E / 7.333°S 108.200°E / -7.333; 108.200Coordinates: 7°20′S 108°12′E / 7.333°S 108.200°E / -7.333; 108.200
Country Indonesia
Province West Java
 • Mayor Drs. H. Budi Budiman
 • Vice-Mayor Ir. H. Dede Sudrajat, M.P.
 • Total 171.61 km2 (66.26 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 683,386
 • Density 4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) 0265
Website http://www.tasikmalayakota.go.id/

Tasikmalaya is a city in southeastern West Java, Indonesia, located between Bandung and Banjar in south of the two major road routes across Java. It was formerly the administrative capital of the Tasikmalaya Regency but since becoming a city independent of the Regency, a new capital has been provided within the residual Regency.

The city is located in the mountainous Preanger region of Java at an elevation of 351 metres (1,151 feet).

The population of the city (excluding the Tasikmalaya Regency, which surrounds the city to the west, south and east) was 635,464 according to the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as at 2014) is 683,386. The city is sometimes dubbed "the City of a Thousand Pesantrens" for its abundance of Islamic religious schools.[1]

Administrative districts[edit]

The city of Tasikmalaya is divided into ten districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population.

Name Population
Census 2010
Kawalu 84,930
Tamansari 63,073
Ciceureum 61,241
Purbaratu 38,130
Tawang 63,132
Cihideung 71,526
Mangkubami 85,193
Indihiang 47,564
Bungursari 45,733
Cipedes 74,952

1996 riot[edit]

The city of Tasikmalaya was the site of a widely reported riot in late December 1996. Four people were killed and several churches and dozens of mostly Chinese-owned businesses were destroyed in the violence, which was triggered by allegations of police brutality. It was also fueled by frustration with allegedly corrupt local government officials.[2] The event was among the earliest of many riots with religion- and class-based undertones that occurred in Java during the late 1990s.[3]

Natural disasters[edit]

On 5 April 1982, the volcano of Gunung Galunggung erupted about 24 km from the city, causing major damage through lahar and ash projection, and forcing a temporary evacuation of the area.

On 2 September 2009 a magnitude 7 earthquake struck, destroying a number of buildings in the city and killing several people.[4]

On 26 June 2010, a Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Tasikmalaya at 4:45pm Waktu Indonesia Barat (WIB). No injuries or destroyed buildings reported caused by this earthquake [5]

On 20 May 2012, a Magnitude 5 earthquake struck. Earthquake happened at 07:37pm Waktu Indonesia Barat (WIB). No injuries or destroyed buildings reported.[6]

Toll Road[edit]

A toll road is planned to be built in 2018 connecting Tasikmalaya and Bandung's Ring Road 2.[7]

Wiriadinata Airport[edit]

Wiriadinata Airport in Cibeureum (also called Cibeureum Airport) nowadays is a military airport, but is in the process of becoming a commercial airport too. It was predicted that its commercial permit will be issued before the end of March 2015. With 1,200 meters runway length, it can accommodate CN 295 airplanes with 95 passengers.[8]

Pictures gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "City of contrasts". 2004. The Straits Times February 27.
  2. ^ Collins, Elizabeth Fuller (2002). Indonesia: a violent culture? Asian Survey 42(4):582-605.
  3. ^ Bird, Judith (1998). Indonesia in 1997: The tinderbox year. Asian Survey 38(2):168-176
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8233344.stm
  5. ^ http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/06/26/quake-rattles-tasikmalaya-felt-jakarta.html
  6. ^ http://news.detik.com/read/2012/05/20/195334/1920328/10/gempa-5-sr-guncang-tasikmalaya?9911012
  7. ^ Connected with Bandung Ring Road 2
  8. ^ "Seminggu Lagi Tasikmalaya Miliki Lanud Komersial". March 6, 2015.