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Tasikmalaya City
Kota Tasikmalaya
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 打橫
 • Sundanese ᮊᮧᮒ ᮒᮞᮤᮊ᮪ᮙᮜᮚ
Official seal of Tasikmalaya City
Nickname(s): Delhi Van Java, Pearl of the East Preanger
Motto: "Kota Resik"
Location of Tasikmalaya in West Java
Location of Tasikmalaya in West Java
Tasikmalaya City is located in Indonesia
Tasikmalaya City
Tasikmalaya City
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
Founded 2001
 • Mayor Drs. H. Budi Budiman
 • Vice-Mayor Ir. H. Dede Sudrajat, M.P.
 • City 183.85 km2 (70.98 sq mi)
 • Metro 729.4 km2 (281.6 sq mi)
Elevation 351 m (1,151 ft)
Population (2015)
 • City 719,528
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,339,891
 • Metro density 1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) +62 265
Vehicle registration Z
Website www.tasikmalayakota.go.id

Tasikmalaya (Chinese: 打橫; pinyin: Dǎhéng) is a city in West Java province, Indonesia. The city is sometimes dubbed "the City of a Thousand Pesantrens" for its abundance of Islamic boarding schools.[1] Located around 120 kilometres (75 mi) southeast from the provincial capital of Bandung, Tasikmalaya is passed by Indonesian National Route 3.

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 (as at 2015) is 719,528.[2] Its built-up (or metro) area made of Tasikmalaya City and 14 districts spread on Tasikmalaya and Ciamis regencies was home to 1,339,891 inhabitants as of 2010 census.[3]


The population of the city Tasikmalaya according to the census in the year 2005 was 579.671 people, and in 2010 increased to 635.464.[4] For the latest data population of the city increased to 719.528 people in 2015.

Year Population Density /(km²)
2005 579,671 3,152
2010 635,464 3,456
2015 719,528 3,913

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.[5] The event was among the earliest of many riots with religion- and class-based undertones that occurred in Java during the late 1990s.[6]

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.[7]

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 [8]

On 20 May 2012, a Magnitude 5 earthquake struck. Earthquake happened at 07:37pm Waktu Indonesia Barat (WIB). No injuries or destroyed buildings reported.[9]

Toll Road[edit]

A toll road is planned to be built in 2018 connecting Tasikmalaya and Bandung's Ring Road 2.[10]

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.[11]

Famous People[edit]

Pictures gallery[edit]