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Ketapang (Kalimantan)

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Country  Indonesia
Time zone  WIB (UTC+7)
Province  West Kalimantan
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Website  http://www.ketapangkab.go.id/

Ketapang or Tau-pang in Hakka 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 and is a small city on the delta of the Pawan River. Ketapang is served by the Ketapang Airport (Rahadi Osman Airport).



Ketapang is named from the local Malay name for ketapang fruit (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).


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 bauxite, zircon sand and lead (Batu Galena)


There are 37 high schools operated by state, private and religious institutions. The city has an Open University (Universitas Terbuka) and a Nursing Academy (Akademi Perawat Kabupaten Ketapang). A polytechnic has opened by 2008.


The two hospitals located in the city are RSUD Dr.Agoesdjam (public hospital) and RS Fatima (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.


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. Ketapang can also be reached via ship from Pontianak (a six-hour speedboat ride, departing Pontianak daily at 6am). Pontianak's airport serves flights to Jakarta

Main sights

  • Gunung Palung National Park, a rainforest park that can be reached from Ketapang. It was once wholly part of Ketapang regency, but now only a small part is, the rest in the regency that is named Kayong Utara or North Kayong (created 2007). Kayong is the nickname of Ketapang.
  • Pematang Gadung, The Peat Forest, the home of wild Orangutan.
  • Kelenteng Tua Pek Kong (大伯公), a Chinese temple.
  • Tugu Ale-ale. Ale-ale is a kind of shell.
  • Beaches in Ketapang include Sungai Jawi beach (10 km from the city), Tanjung Batu beach (35 km), and Pulau Datok beach (80 km).
  • Makam Raja-Raja Tanjungpura (Tanjungpura Royal Cemetery), 1 hour from Ketapang city.
  • Notable People

  • Daud Yordan, boxer.
  • Hamzah Haz, a former Indonesian vice President, born in Ketapang.
  • References

    Ketapang (Kalimantan) Wikipedia

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