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Padang
City of Padang
Kota Padang
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   Jawi ڤادڠ
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Padang Kota Tercinta
(Padang, a Lovely City)
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Location within West Sumatra
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Location in Sumatra and Indonesia
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Padang
Padang (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 0°57′0″S100°21′11″E / 0.95000°S 100.35306°E / -0.95000; 100.35306
CountryFlag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Region Sumatra
Province Coat of arms of West Sumatra.svg West Sumatra
Founded7 August 1669 [1]
Incorporated 1 April 1906 [2]
Government
  Mayor Hendri Septa
  Vice Mayor Ekos Albar
Area
  Total694.96 km2 (268.33 sq mi)
Elevation
0–1,853 m (0–6,079 ft)
Population
 (mid 2023 estimate [3] )
  Total942,938
  Density1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Demonym Padangnese
Time zone UTC+7 (WIB)
Area code +62 751
Climate Af
HDI (2022)Increase2.svg 0.833 (Very high)
Website padang.go.id

Padang (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈpadaŋ] ) is the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of West Sumatra. [4] It had a population of 833,562 at the 2010 Census [5] and 909,040 at the 2020 Census; [6] the official estimate as at mid 2023 was 942,938 - comprising 473,089 males and 469,849 females. [3] It is the 16th most populous city in Indonesia and the most populous city on the west coast of Sumatra. [7] The Padang metropolitan area is the third most populous metropolitan area in Sumatra with a population of over 1.4 million. [8] Padang is widely known for its Minangkabau culture, cuisine, and sunset beaches.

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The city had historically been a trading center since the pre-colonial era, in both pepper and gold. The Dutch made contact with the city in the mid 17th century, eventually constructing a fortress and taking over control of the city from the Pagaruyung Kingdom. Save for several interruptions of British rule, Padang remained part of the Dutch East Indies as one of its major cities until Indonesian independence. [9] In 1906, Padang, along with Palembang, became the first populated places in Sumatra to achieve city status (gemeente). [2]

History

Historical affiliations

Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India (1663–1781)
Flag of Great Britain (1707-1800).svg British Empire (1781–1784)
Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India (1784–1795)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Empire (1795–1819)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch East Indies (1819–1942)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Japanese occupation (1942–1945)
Flag of Indonesia.svg Republic of Indonesia (1945–present)

Padang circa 1795 ENTRANCE OF PADANG RIVER.jpg
Padang circa 1795
Padang, 1859 Huis-van-een-hoofd,-Padangs.jpg
Padang, 1859

Padang has been a trade centre since the 16th century, having been controlled by the Pagaruyung Kingdom and the Aceh Sultanate. [10] During the 16th and 17th centuries, pepper was cultivated and traded with India, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. In 1663, the city came under the authority of the Dutch and a trading post was built in 1680. The city came under the British Empire twice, firstly from 1781 to 1784 during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War and again from 1795 to 1819 during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1819 the city was transferred back to the Netherlands. Up to circa 1780 the most important trade product was gold originating from gold mines in the region. When the mines were exhausted, the focus turned to other products such as coffee, salts, and textiles.

In 1797 Padang was inundated by a tsunami with an estimated flow depth of 5–10 metres, following an earthquake, estimated to be 8.5–8.7  Mw, which occurred off the coast. The shaking caused considerable damage and the deaths of two people, while the tsunami resulted in several houses being washed away and several deaths at the village of Air Manis. Boats moored in the Arau river ended up on dry land, including a 200-ton sailing ship which was deposited about 1 kilometre upstream. In 1833 another tsunami inundated Padang with an estimated flow depth of 3–4 metres as a result of an earthquake, estimated to be 8.6–8.9  Mw, which occurred off Bengkulu. The shaking caused considerable damage in Padang, and due to the tsunami boats moored in the Arau river broke their anchors and were scattered. [11]

Coat of Arms of Padang during Dutch colonial era, granted in 1926 Coat of Arms of Padang (1926).svg
Coat of Arms of Padang during Dutch colonial era, granted in 1926

The population of Padang in 1920 was 28,754, making it the second largest city in Sumatra after Palembang. [12] At the time of independence in the 1940s, the city had around 50,000 inhabitants. Coffee was still important, but copra was also a major item produced by farmers in its hinterland. Since then, the population growth has been partly a result of growth in the area of the city, but largely a result of the migration to major cities seen in so many developing nations. From 1950 the Ombilin coal field developed with Padang as its outlet port. This was seen by some observers as reflecting the economic and political colonisation of Indonesia.

On 30 September 2009, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit about 50 kilometres off the coast of Padang. There were more than 1,100 fatalities, 313 of which occurred within Padang. [13] [14] [15]

Geography

The city of Padang is located on the west coast of the island of Sumatra, with a total area of 694.96 km2, equivalent to 1.65% of the area of West Sumatra. [16] More than 60% of the area of Padang is in the form of hills covered by protection forests. Only around 205.007 km2 of the territory is an urban area. [17] The hills stretch in the east and south of the city. The notable hills in Padang include Lampu Hill, Mount Padang, Gado-Gado Hill, and Pegambiran Hill. The city of Padang has a coastline of 68.126 km on the mainland of Sumatra. In addition, there are also 19 small islands, including Sikuai Island with an area of 4.4  ha in Bungus Teluk Kabung District, and Toran Island covering 25 ha and Pisang Gadang Island in Padang Selatan District. [18] [19]

Climate

Padang features a tropical rainforest climate under Köppen's climate classification. Since this tropical rainforest climate is more subject to the Intertropical Convergence Zone than the trade winds and cyclones are very rare, it is equatorial. Padang is one of Indonesia's wettest cities, with frequent rainfall throughout the course of the year. The city averages roughly 4300 mm of rain per year. Padang's driest month is February, where 250 mm of precipitation on average is observed. The city temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, with an average of 26 degrees Celsius. Padang has 21 rivers, with the longest being Batang Kandis with a length of 20 km. In 1980 two-thirds of the city was flooded because the city's drainage which primarily empties to Batang Arau could not contain the water. [20]

Climate data for Padang
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)33.9
(93.0)
34.4
(93.9)
33.9
(93.0)
33.3
(91.9)
33.9
(93.0)
33.9
(93.0)
33.3
(91.9)
33.3
(91.9)
32.8
(91.0)
33.3
(91.9)
32.8
(91.0)
32.8
(91.0)
34.4
(93.9)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)30.6
(87.1)
31.7
(89.1)
31.7
(89.1)
31.7
(89.1)
32.2
(90.0)
32.2
(90.0)
31.7
(89.1)
32.2
(90.0)
32.2
(90.0)
31.7
(89.1)
31.1
(88.0)
30.6
(87.1)
31.6
(88.9)
Daily mean °C (°F)27.0
(80.6)
27.0
(80.6)
27.0
(80.6)
27.2
(81.0)
27.5
(81.5)
27.0
(80.6)
25.0
(77.0)
25.0
(77.0)
26.7
(80.1)
26.7
(80.1)
26.7
(80.1)
26.7
(80.1)
26.6
(79.9)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)23.3
(73.9)
24.4
(75.9)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.3
(73.9)
23.3
(73.9)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.8
(74.8)
Record low °C (°F)21.1
(70.0)
20.6
(69.1)
21.1
(70.0)
21.7
(71.1)
21.7
(71.1)
20.0
(68.0)
21.1
(70.0)
20.6
(69.1)
21.1
(70.0)
21.1
(70.0)
21.1
(70.0)
21.1
(70.0)
20.0
(68.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches)351
(13.8)
259
(10.2)
307
(12.1)
363
(14.3)
315
(12.4)
307
(12.1)
277
(10.9)
348
(13.7)
352
(13.9)
495
(19.5)
518
(20.4)
480
(18.9)
4,172
(164.3)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 1751811751882002062001861361351671672,116
Source 1: Sistema de Clasificación Bioclimática Mundial [21]
Source 2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (sun, 1961–1990) [22] [lower-alpha 1]

Governance

By 2007 the city government began a number of religiously motivated policies. One requires females of all religious backgrounds who are municipal employees and students in government schools to wear jilbab (hijab), and high school students now take classes on reading the Qur'an . Municipal employees are required to pay zakat . [23]

Administrative districts

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Map showing the 11 districts of Padang
Historical population
YearPop.±%
1819 8,500    
1874 25,000+194.1%
1920 28,754+15.0%
1930 40,744+41.7%
1961 143,699+252.7%
1971 350,277+143.8%
1980 480,922+37.3%
1990 631,263+31.3%
2010 833,562+32.0%
2020 909,040+9.1%
2023 942,938+3.7%

The city of Padang is divided into eleven districts (kecamatan), listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census [5] and the 2020 Census [6] together with the official estimates as at mid 2023. [3] The table also includes the locations of the district administrative centres, the number of administrative urban villages (kelurahan) in each district, and its post codes.

Name of
District
(kecamatan)
Area
in
km2
Pop'n
2010
Census
Pop'n
2020
Census
Pop'n
mid 2023
estimate
Admin
centre
No.
of
villages
Post
codes
Bungus Teluk Kabung100.7822,89627,40828,788Pasar Laban625237
Lubuk Kilangan85.9948,85057,48960,614Bandat Buat725231 - 25237
Lubuk Begalung30.91106,432122,593128,453LKubuk Begalung1525221 - 25227
Padang Selatan10.0357,71860,99662,333Mata Air1225211 - 25217
Padang Timur8.1577,86877,75578,407Simpang Haru1025121 - 25129
Padang Barat 7.0045,38042,95743,200Purus1025111 - 25119
Padang Utara8.0869,11955,17155,484Lolong Belanti725132 - 25139
Nanggalo8.0757,27558,53559,240Surau Gadang625142 - 25147
Kuranji57.41126,729146,111153,137Pasar Ambacarng925151 - 25159
Pauh146.2959,21662,22863,489Pasar Baru925161 - 25168
Koto Tangah232.25162,079197,797209,793Lubuk Buaya1325171 - 25176
Totals694.96833,562909,040942,938104

Adipura award

As of 2017, Padang had received the "Adipura" (cleanest and greenest city) award in the category of large city 18 times [24] and the "Adipura Kencana" award three times. [25]

Culture

Cuisine

The cuisine of the Minangkabau people is commonly called Padang cuisine. Padang restaurants are common throughout the country and are famous for their spicy food. Padang food is usually cooked once per day, and all customers choose from those dishes, which are left out on display until no food is left. It is served in small portions of various dishes, but constituting, with rice, a complete meal. Customers take – and pay for – only what they want from this array of dishes. The best known Padang dish is rendang, a spicy meat stew. [26] Soto Padang (crispy beef in spicy soup) is local residents' breakfast favourite, meanwhile sate (beef satay in curry sauce served with ketupat) is a treat in the evening.

Tourism

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Padangsche Spaarbank building in Padang old city

Padang is a common transit point for surfers travelling to Batu Islands and Mentawai Islands, and for tourists visiting the West Sumatran highlands. Padang beach (known as Taplau or Tapi Lauik) which located from Samudra Street until Puruih, is known for its sunsets and food stalls. Kuranji River flows in Padang and on top area of the river at Batu Busuk, Lambung Bukit sub-district is suitable for white water activities. Bungus bay, to the south of Padang, is suitable for swimming and boating. There are some offshore islands near Bungus, such as Sikuai island and Pagang island.

Currently, Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda) of Padang has established development plans "Padang Old City" in Kampung Pondok, South Padang district as a tourist area. [27] Mayor of Padang has been designate 73 historic buildings as cultural heritage of Padang. [28]

Landmarks

Masjid Muhammadan, a historic mosque in Padang Masjid Muhammadan.JPG
Masjid Muhammadan, a historic mosque in Padang

There are many old buildings in Padang that still retain their Dutch and Chinese architecture. The old city of Padang, located next to Muaro Harbor at Arau River, which formerly functioned as the city's main commercial avenue. The old city was the former business district of Padang, there are many important buildings such as Padang City Hall, De Javasche bank (present-day Bank Indonesia), Nederlandsche Spaarbank, Geo Wehry & Co, Escompto Maatschappij Office, warehouses, and merchant houses.

There are several historic places such as Adityawarman Museum which specialises in the history and culture of the local Minangkabau ethnic group, and the main exhibits are housed within a Rumah Gadang style building. Grand Mosque of West Sumatra, a new modern large mosque that is built with Minangkabau architecture. The Mosque is located on Jalan Khatib Sulaiman, city centre of Padang. Ganting Grand Mosque, the oldest mosque in Padang and one of the oldest in Indonesia, is a popular tourist attraction. Muhammadan Mosque, founded by Indian merchant, is also located in the city centre. St. Leo Monastery features a mixture of traditional Minang architecture on its bell tower roofing and Dutch architecture on the church building, is one of the oldest churches in Padang. Along the beachside road, just down from the Tourist Information office is a Buddhist Temple, Vihara Buddha Warman, opened in 2006 for the large Chinese Buddhist community.

Beaches and parks

Air Manis Beach, sweet water beach is located 10 km south of Padang, location of the legendary Malin Kundang Stone. The rock formations are found which resemble ship wrecks. Across from the Arau River is the Siti Nurbaya Park which can reached by bridge or boat. There are still remains of Japanese cannons and bunkers from World War II. There are great views of Padang city, Arau River and the Indian Ocean. Bung Hatta Nature Reserve (Taman Hutan Raya Bung Hatta) is situated 18 km east of the city, with diverse flora and fauna including a few Sumatran tigers, tapirs, wild goats, bears, as well as Raflesia Gaduansi, Balangphora, and Amorphopalus.

Sports

Tour de Singkarak 2013 in Padang, Indonesia Tour de Singkarak 2013 (2).jpg
Tour de Singkarak 2013 in Padang, Indonesia

Padang is the hometown of the football team Semen Padang, with Haji Agus Salim Stadium being the home stadium of the club. Padang also is home to an annual international professional road bicycle racing—Tour de Singkarak—and once host the Fourth International Traditional (Dragonboat) Festival. [29]

Media

The oldest newspaper in the Padang region is Harian Haluan. Several other newspapers such as Padang Ekspres and Pos Metro Padang are also available.

The privately owned Padang TV are the local TV stations based in Padang. The public TVRI West Sumatra is also covered the city.

Infrastructure

Public transport

The TransPadang bus rapid transit service was developed used Jakarta's TransJakarta system as a model, but without a dedicated lane and comfortable shelters. Today Trans Padang runs only from Lubuk Buaya to Pasar Raya, a distance of 18 km, with a fleet of 10 large buses (capacity 60) and 15 medium buses (capacity 40). Daily passengers number 7,000, an increase from the initial ridership of 4,000. The load factor is 128% in the morning and evening rush hours.

Airport

The city is served by the newly opened Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping, Padang Pariaman. It replaces the old Tabing Airport, which is currently used as a military base. There is one terminal building for both international and domestic flights. The airport has 4 aerobridges, 17 check-in counters, 5 baggage conveyors, and 9 ticket sales counters. [30] In late 2013, the runway was lengthened by 250 metres so that it could accommodate Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 planes. There is also a connection from the airport to the city center with a train service. [31] A terminal expansion (Phase II) has been announced with the rendering already released on the Angkasa Pura 2 website. [32]

Seaport

Padang's Teluk Bayur harbour (the former Emmahaven Port) is the largest and busiest harbour on the west coast of Sumatra. It serves inter-island as well as international routes. It was built in 1888 by the colonial government of the Netherlands. On 29 April 2013 a new container terminal was officially opened by West Sumatra Governor which can hold more than 4,000 containers in 46,886 square-meter area. [33] The port is the main gateway to the Mentawai islands, including Siberut, Sipora, and South Pagai. There are also ferry connections between Padang to Jakarta and Sibolga next to Gunung Sitoli (Nias).

Toll road

West Sumatra administration has secured lands for the construction of a 28-kilometres toll road between Padang and Sicincin district with about Rp.1.3 trillion ($141.7 million) investment. It is a part of Padang-Pekanbaru toll road with a total length of 244 kilometres. 80 percent of the land with a width of 30 metres has been acquired, but they will acquire more land to meet an ideal width of 50 metres. The construction project has officially began in February 2018. [34]

Railroad

Railroad tracks connect Padang to Pariaman to the north, Padangpanjang to the northeast, Solok and Sawahlunto to the east. The largest train station is Padang Station, known as Simpang Haru station. Sibinuang and Dang Tuanku provides the trip services from Padang (Simpang Haru) to Pariaman vice versa.

Tsunami shelter

Government and the people of Hill Pangilun has agreed to make Mount Pangilun as tsunami shelter. Better road access to the hill will be built, as well as temporary shelters, including their facilities. [35]

Education

There are two institutes of higher education in Padang, i.e. Andalas University and the State University of Padang. Andalas University is the oldest university in Indonesia outside of Java. The main campus is located at Limau Manis, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the centre of Padang. The Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry are located in the city centre, near the Central General Hospital M. Djamil. State University of Padang located in Air Tawar.

The other universities in Padang are Imam Bonjol State Islamic University, Padang Technology Institute in Lapai, Bung Hatta University in Ulak Karang, Baiturrahmah University in Air Pacah, Putra Indonesia YPTK University, Ekasakti University, West Sumatra Muhammadiyah University, and Tamansiswa University.

Formal education Elementary School (SD) or Madrasah Ibtidaiyah (MI) Junior High (SMP) or Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTs) Senior High (SMA) or Madrasah Aliyah (MA) Vocational High School (SMK) College or University
Quantity477129594258
Data sekolah di Kota Padang
Source: [36] [37] [38]

Notable people

Twin towns – sister cities

See also

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lima Puluh Kota Regency</span> Regency in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Lima Puluh Kota Regency is a regency (kabupaten) of West Sumatra province, Indonesia. It has an area of 3,273.40 km2 and had a population of 348,249 at the 2010 census and 383,525 at the 2020 census; the official estimate as at mid 2023 was 396.437 - comprising 198,680 males and 197,747 females. The regency seat is the town of Sarilamak.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Padang Pariaman Regency</span> Regency in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Padang Pariaman Regency is a regency (kabupaten) of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It has an area of 1,343.58 km2, and it had a population of 390,204 at the 2010 census and 430,626 at the 2020 census; the official estimate as at mid 2023 was 451,388 - comprising 226,435 males and 224,953 females. The regency seat is at the town of Parit Malintang. West Sumatra's capital and biggest city, Padang, is surrounded on the landward side by this regency, which includes suburbs of the city.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pesisir Selatan Regency</span> Regency in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Pesisir Selatan Regency is a regency (kabupaten) of West Sumatra Province of Indonesia. It has an area of 6,049.33 km² and a population of 429,246 at the 2010 Census and 504,418 at the 2020 Census; the official estimate as at mid-2023 was 525,355. The regency seat is at the town of Painan, in IV Jurai District.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mukomuko Regency</span> Regency in Bengkulu, Indonesia

Mukomuko is a regency of Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra. It was originally part of the North Bengkulu Regency, but on 25 February 2003 that regency was split into two parts, the northwestern part created as a separate Mukomuko Regency. It covers a land area of 4,146.52 km2 and had a population of 155,753 at the 2010 census, which rose to 190,498 at the 2020 census; the official estimate as at mid 2023 was 198,794 - comprising 102,576 males and 96,218 females. The administrative centre of the Mukomuko Regency is Mukomuko town.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Islam in West Sumatra</span>

Islam is the most common religion in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, embraced by 97.42% of the population. The Muslim population increases to 99.6% if it excludes the Mentawai Islands, where the majority of the non-Muslim (Protestant) West Sumatrans reside. Islam in West Sumatra is predominantly Sunni, though there is a small Shia Islamic pocket within the coastal city of Pariaman. The Minangkabau people, indigenous to West Sumatra, comprise 88% of the West Sumatran population today and have historically played an important role within Indonesia's Muslim community. Up until today, the region is considered one of the strongholds of Islam in Indonesia.

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Notes

  1. Station ID for Mia Padang is 96163 Use this station ID to locate the sunshine duration