Palangka Raya

Palangka Raya
From top, right to left:
Sukarno Monument, Islamic Center of Palangka Raya, Youth Statue, Bird Round of central park, University of Palangka Raya, and some of local parliament offices.


Location within Central Kalimantan
Palangka Raya
Location in Kalimantan and Indonesia
Palangka Raya
Palangka Raya (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 2°12′36″S 113°55′12″E / 2.21000°S 113.92000°E / -2.21000; 113.92000Coordinates: 2°12′36″S 113°55′12″E / 2.21000°S 113.92000°E / -2.21000; 113.92000
Country  Indonesia
Province Central Kalimantan
Founded 17 July 1957
  Mayor Riban Satia
  Vice Mayor Mofit Saptono Subagio
  Total 2,678.51 km2 (1,034.18 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2015)
  Total 376,647[1]
  Religion[2] Islam 69.31%
Protestant 26.51%
Catholic 1.88%
Hindu 1.59%
Kaharingan 0.53%
Buddhist 0.17
Confucian 0.004%
Time zone Indonesia Western Time (UTC+7)
Area code (+62) 536

Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. The closest airport serving the city is Tjilik Riwut.[3]

The city had a population of 220,962 inhabitants at the 2010 census[4] (compared with 158,770 at the previous census in 2000), with an average population density of 92.1 per km² (Indonesian Population Census 2010 results). The latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 236,601.

The city was established in 1957 (Emergency Law 10/1957 on the establishment of the Autonomous Region Central Kalimantan Level I)[5] on wilderness that opened through the Pahandut village alongside Kahayan river banks. Palangka Raya is the largest city by land area in Indonesia.[6] Most of the area is still forested, including protected forests, nature conservation areas, and Tangkiling Forest.[7]

Palangka Raya is now considered as frontrunner of the cities in the Indonesian future capital proposal.[8][9][10]


Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan) province was established on 23 May 1957. The first Indonesian president, Sukarno, initiated construction of the city of Palangka Raya, the capital of the new province. Initially, it was planned as the new capital of Indonesia to replace Jakarta; a proposal that was discussed until recently.[11]

The first pillar of Palangka Raya City development was done[12] by the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the time, Sukarno on 17 July 1957 marked the inauguration of the monument to the provincial capital of Central Kalimantan in Pahandut. Then, based on Law No. 21 of 1958 that which was formerly provincial Capital Pahandut was renamed to Palangka Raya.[13]


Palangka Raya consists of a combination of two words which are from the Dayak Ngaju Language and Sanskrit. Palangka (Ngaju) means a sacred site and raya (Sanskrit) means vast, so Palangka Raya means a vast sacred site.[14]

Administrative districts

Prior to decentralization in 2001, Palangka Raya had two administrative districts, namely Pahandut and Bukit Batu. Now, Palangka Raya consists of five administrative districts: Pahandut, Jekan Raya, Bukit Batu, Sebangau, and Rakumpit.


An aviation academy has been set up by Lion Air.[15]


Palangka Raya is a home to number of universities University of Palangka Raya, Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palangka Raya, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Hindu Tampung Penyang (STAHN-TP) Palangka Raya, and Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen (STAKN) Palangka Raya of which the only public university there. Some major private universities in Palangka Raya are: Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya, STMIK Palangka Raya, Universitas Kristen Palangka Raya, STIH Palangka Raya, Universitas PGRI Palangka Raya, STIE Palangka Raya, STIP Bunga Bangsa Palangka Raya, Poltekkes Palangka Raya, STIPAS Palangka Raya, and STIKES Eka Harap Palangka Raya.

The future capital of Indonesia

In 1957, when President Sukarno inaugurated a monument in the place that was then still called Pahandut, he expressed his desire to make the city the new republic’s future capital.[16]


  1. "Kota Palangka Raya Dalam Angka 2016"
  2. "Kota Palangka Raya Dalam Angka 2016"
  3. "Tjilik Riwut". World Aero Data. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  5. "Emergency Law 10/1957 or Undang-Undang Darurat Nomor 10 Tahun 1957" (in Indonesian).
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  8. Hidayat, Rifki (July 2017). "Dari Sukarno hingga Jokowi, mengapa Palangkaraya selalu jadi primadona ibu kota baru?". BBC Indonesia.
  9. Saugy, Riyandi (April 2017). "4 Alasan Presiden Jokowi pindahkan ibu kota ke Palangkaraya".
  10. Simbolon, Huyugo (October 2017). "Palangka Raya Kandidat Ibu Kota RI, Kalteng Bangun Tugu Pancasila". Liputan6.
  12. "Tugu di Palangkaraya Ini Dibangun Soekarno saat Menggagas Rencana Ibu Kota Negara Indonesia". Kaltim Tribun News. 2017.
  13. Kemendagri KOTA PALANGKARAYA
  14. Asal-Usul Nama Palangka Raya
  16. Nasrudin Ansori, "Cruising the Dream Capital", Garuda Magazine, September 2010

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