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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.Administrative districtsThe city of Tasikmalaya is divided into ten districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population.1996 riotThe 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. The event was among the earliest of many riots with religion- and class-based undertones that occurred in Java during the late 1990s.Add Tasikmalaya and other Indonesia destinations to your travel plans using our Indonesia vacation trip planner.
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