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Pekanbaru
City
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi ڤكنبارو
 • Chinese 北干巴鲁
 • Pinyin Běigānbālǔ
An-Nur panorama.jpg
Patung Seksi depan Gubernuran - panoramio.jpg Mal SKA 2.JPG
Anjung Seni Idrus Tintin.JPG Riau Main Stadium.JPG
Red Lanterns Pekanbaru.jpg Soeman HS Library, Pekanbaru, Indonesia.jpg
Clockwise from top: An-Nur Great Mosque Pekanbaru, SKA Mall, Riau Main Stadium, Soeman HS Library, Pekanbaru's Chinatown, Idrus Tintin Arts Hall, and Zapin Dance Statue/Pekanbaru Zero Point Roundabout
Official seal of Pekanbaru
Seal
Nickname(s): "PKU", "Pekan", "Pakan", "Pakanbaru", "Koto Pakanbaru"
Location of Pekanbaru in Indonesia
Location of Pekanbaru in Indonesia
Pekanbaru is located in Indonesia
Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru
Location of Pekanbaru in Indonesia
Coordinates: 0°32′0″N 101°27′0″E / 0.53333°N 101.45000°E / 0.53333; 101.45000Coordinates: 0°32′0″N 101°27′0″E / 0.53333°N 101.45000°E / 0.53333; 101.45000
Country  Indonesia
Province Coat of arms of Riau.svg Riau
Founded 22 June 1784
Government
 • Mayor Firdaus
Area
 • Total 632.26 km2 (244.12 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,093,416 [1]
 • Density 1,729/km2 (4,480/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Ethnic groups[2] Minangkabau
Malay
Javanese
Batak
Chinese
 • Religion[3] Islam 84.88%
Christianity 9.60%
Buddhism 3.47%
Catholic 1.26%
Hinduism 0.03%
Confucianism 0.03%
Others 0.01%
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Postal code 28131
Area code(s) +62 761
Vehicle registration BM
Website www.pekanbaru.go.id
Pekanbaru
Traditional Chinese 北乾巴魯
Simplified Chinese 北干巴鲁

Pekanbaru (Jawi: ڤكنبارو, Chinese: 北干巴鲁; pinyin: Běigānbālǔ, Dutch: Pakanbaroe), is the capital of Riau, on the island of Sumatra . It has an area of 632.26 km² with a population of 1,093,416. [4]

It is located on the banks of the Siak River, which drains into the Strait of Malacca. As a result, Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port (the city name is derived from the Indonesian words for 'new market', "pekan" meaning 'market' and "baru" meaning 'new'). The city is divided into 12 subdistricts (kecamatan). This city is served by the Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport and Sungai Duku Port that is located by the Siak River. A settlement has existed on the site since the 17th century. In the late 19th century, the city was developed to serve the coffee and coal industries, and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.

History[edit]

Sultanate of Siak[edit]

When Sultan Abdul Jalil Alamuddin Syah (1766-1780) moved the capital[citation needed] of the Kingdom of Siak from Mempura to Senapelan (which is now Pekanbaru), this township used to be the settlement only for some people, especially the sultanate's family. However, due to the development in the trading sector and the fact that more people decided to settle in this township, the sultan wanted to make Senapelan become the center of the trading sector of the Kingdom of Siak. However, the sultan's goal was not completely achieved, thereafter he decided to move the capital once again, to Siak Sri Indrapura.

Dutch East Indies Company[edit]

In 1749, under the terms of a peace treaty between the Sultan of Johor and the Dutch East India Company (VOC) Siak was put under Dutch administration. The Sultan moved residence to a palace in Senapelan built in 1760.

Sultan Syarif Kasim II of Siak and his wife, 1910-1920. The last Sultan of Siak who ceded his kingdom to the Republic of Indonesia

At Senapelan Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Alamudin unsuccessfully tried to organise a major regional fair. In the early 1780s his son Sultan Muhammad Ali managed to establish the grand fair. Due to the important commercial value for Sumatra region and Malacca Strait for general, the settlement itself was renamed Pekanbaru by the local council of tribal elders (consist of Datuk Pesisir, Datuk Limapuluh, Datuk Tanah Datar and Datuk Kampar) on 23 June 1784. Thus, every 23 June is celebrated as the founding day of Pekanbaru city.

Dutch East Indies[edit]

Following the collapse of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), all company ownership of Pekanbaru was transferred to the Dutch crown. During the colonial Dutch East Indies era in the 19th and early 20th century the city remained important, especially as a major trading point: Siak river navigation conditions provide a stable relationship with shipping from the Malacca Strait. Additionally the city became a major center of the coffee industry and coal industry. The urban influence of the sultans gradually became more and more nominal, especially after the capital of the Sultanate moved to Sri Indrapura in 1830. Actual management functions were carried out by representatives of the Dutch colonial administration, i.e., by the post of assistant-resident and controller.

Second World War[edit]

During the Second World War from February 1942 to August 1945 the city was occupied by the armed forces of Japan. In an effort to strengthen the military and logistical infrastructure in this part of Sumatra, the Japanese started the construction of a 220-kilometer-long railway, connecting Pekanbaru to the coast of Malacca Straits.

The Pekanbaru Railway was constructed under harsh conditions using forced labour. 6,500 Dutch, mostly Indo-Europeans, and British prisoners of war and over 100,000 Indonesian, mostly Javanese, forced workers called Romusha were put to work by the Japanese army. By the time the work was completed in August 1945 almost a third of the European POWs and over half of the Indonesian coolies had died.

George Duffy, one of the 15 Americans there and survivor of the sinking of the MS American Leader tells of life and death for the POW workers on MemoryArchive: malaria, dysentery, pellagra, and malnutrition/"beri-beri" were the principal maladies compounded by overwork and mistreatment. "The average age at death of the 700 [POWs] who perished on that railway was 37 years and 3 months."[5]

The railway was never fully utilised. Today it remains unused and in an advanced state of decay.[6]

Politics[edit]

Since 1946, Pekanbaru has been governed by at least 15 mayors. The first mayor to rule this city was Datuk Wan Abdul Rahman who was elected on 17 May 1946. Currently, this city is governed by H. Firdaus S.T., M.T (appointed for the period of 2012-2017).

Reputation[edit]

Soeman HS Library, the largest provincial library in Sumatra Island

Pekanbaru is one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia.[7] In 2011, Pekanbaru received the "Adipura" ('cleanest city') award in the category of large city for the seventh consecutive time.[8] The city is notable for its wide main streets and large median road

However, Pekanbaru regularly suffers from haze problems due to forest fires, particularly in the dry season, since there is very little rain to put the fires out. Large land concessions are granted to commercial interests and huge areas are under the control of palm oil companies that need to clear the land to plant palm oil and other commercial interests. These fires can be seen by satellite. They are not small fires started by local farmers. Corporate plantation owners use the slash-and-burn method to clear the land. A smoke haze that not only affects surrounding areas of Riau Province regions but also neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Singapore. These fires have been burning for 18 years. The season is known as "the burning season". Large areas of forests have been destroyed.

Demographics[edit]

Ethnicities[edit]

Pekanbaru is the third most populous city on Sumatra Island, after Medan and Palembang with a population of 950,571 recorded in September 2013.[9] The city is highly urbanised, drawing many of its people from the neighbouring province of West Sumatra. Since many centuries ago, Pekanbaru has one of the Minangkabau rantau (migration) area. After World War II, the number of Minangkabau people migrating to Pekanbaru surged, nearly doubling between the years 1943 and 1961. Many Minang in Pekanbaru have lived there for generations and consider themselves as Malays.[10] In addition to the Minangkabau, the Riau Malays natives are the second largest ethnic group in Pekanbaru, making up 26% of the population. The Javanese, Batak, and Tionghoa are the other main ethnic groups inhabiting Pekanbaru.

Religions[edit]

The pluralism surrounding the city can be reflected by the variety of religions and freedom of belief among the people in Pekanbaru. Islam is the majority religion in this city, followed by Christianity (Protestantism and Catholic) as well as Buddhism and small percentage of Hinduism and Confucianism. Each religion in this city is represented by the presence of the religion's respective worship places, such as The Great Mosque of An-Nur (Mesjid Agung An-nur) and Mesjid Raya Pekanbaru for the Muslim community, Gereja Santa Maria A Fatima Pekanbaru and HKBP Church or Gereja Huria Kristen Batak Protestan Pekanbaru for the Catholic and Protestant community as well as Vihara Dharma Loka and Vihara Sasana Loka for the Buddhist and Confucian community and Pura Agung Jagatnatha for the Hindu community in Pekanbaru.

Languages[edit]

Indonesian is the official language that is spoken by the citizens of Pekanbaru. For informal use, Pekanbaru people generally use Minangkabau language in their economic and daily activities, especially in the market area. In addition the Malay languages and Javanese are also widely spoken because of the large population of Malays and Javanese people in Pekanbaru. Hokkien is mainly spoken by Tionghoa as most of the Chinese Indonesian in Pekanbaru belong to the Hokkien people. In fact, many Chinese Indonesian in Pekanbaru come from other regions in Riau such as Selat Panjang, Bengkalis and Siak, along with the Chinese Indonesian who are originally from Pekanbaru itself. Moreover, many Chinese Indonesian especially from North Sumatra, particularly the Medan and West Sumatra regions have moved to Pekanbaru due to opportunities and rapid economical growth in the area since the 1990s and 2000s.

Ethnicities of Pekanbaru - 2000 Census[11]
ethnic group percent
Minangkabau
37.96%
Malays
26.10%
Javanese
15.70%
Batak
11.06%
Chinese
2.50%

Administrative districts[edit]

The city is divided into 12 districts,[12] listed below:

Districts Urban Area
Bukit Raya Simpang Tiga
Lima Puluh Rinties
Marpoyan Damai Tangkerang Tengah
Payung Sekaki Labuh Baru Timur
Pekanbaru Kota Tanah Tinggi
Sail Cinta Raja
Senapelan Padang Bulan
Sukajadi Sukajadi
Rumbai Sri Meranti
Rumbai Pesisir Lembah Damai
Tampan Sudomulyo Timur
Tenayan Raya Kulim

Climate[edit]

Pekanbaru has a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification.[13] As with many cities with an equatorial climate, the temperature only varies a little throughout the year. The hottest month is May with average temperature 27.6 °C (81.7 °F), while the coolest month is January with average temperature 26.4 °C (79.5 °F). The precipitation accumulation also remains constant throughout the year with no real dry season. The month with most precipitation is November with precipitation total 312 millimetres (12.3 in), while the least precipitation is July with precipitation total 123 millimetres (4.8 in).

Climate data for Pekanbaru
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36
(97)
37
(99)
37
(99)
38
(100)
37
(99)
40
(104)
37
(99)
38
(100)
37
(99)
37
(99)
34
(93)
38
(100)
40
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 31.0
(87.8)
31.6
(88.9)
32.1
(89.8)
32.5
(90.5)
32.6
(90.7)
32.2
(90)
32.0
(89.6)
32.0
(89.6)
31.9
(89.4)
32.0
(89.6)
31.7
(89.1)
31.2
(88.2)
31.9
(89.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
26.7
(80.1)
27.1
(80.8)
27.5
(81.5)
27.6
(81.7)
27.2
(81)
26.9
(80.4)
26.9
(80.4)
26.9
(80.4)
27.0
(80.6)
26.9
(80.4)
26.6
(79.9)
27.0
(80.6)
Average low °C (°F) 21.8
(71.2)
21.9
(71.4)
22.2
(72)
22.6
(72.7)
22.7
(72.9)
22.2
(72)
21.9
(71.4)
21.9
(71.4)
22.0
(71.6)
22.0
(71.6)
22.2
(72)
22.1
(71.8)
22.1
(71.8)
Record low °C (°F) 18
(64)
18
(64)
21
(70)
17
(63)
21
(70)
19
(66)
16
(61)
18
(64)
20
(68)
13
(55)
21
(70)
20
(68)
13
(55)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 240
(9.45)
199
(7.83)
262
(10.31)
257
(10.12)
203
(7.99)
133
(5.24)
123
(4.84)
177
(6.97)
224
(8.82)
280
(11.02)
312
(12.28)
286
(11.26)
2,696
(106.13)
Source #1: Climate-Data.org (average temps and precip)[14]
Source #2: Weatherbase (extremes)[15]

Economy[edit]

After oil was discovered in the region in the 1930s, Pekanbaru's economy has depended heavily on oil revenues which has made it the city with the highest per capita income in Indonesia.[citation needed] Most of Indonesia's petroleum is produced in Riau, and much of Pekanbaru's economy is based on the petroleum industry. The international oil companies, prominently Chevron from US, as well as other Indonesian companies, have established their offices in the region. The city is connected by road to an oil refining and exporting port in Dumai. Many facilities and infrastructures, including airport, stadiums, housing areas, schools and several bridges that cross the Siak River in Pekanbaru, as well as the roads in the Rumbai area and the road to Dumai, were partially or fully financed by oil companies in the area.

Pekanbaru is really close with some of the home of mega-company, such as PT Riau Andalan Pulp Paper, PT. Indah Kiat, PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia, and PT Perkebunan Nusantara V and some wood-sawmill, CPOs, and rubber-processing companies, and interestingly Pekanbaru is often said to be one of the cities with the highest money and banking rotation in Indonesia.

As Pekanbaru is prominently known as a major gateway for tourists from Singapore and Malaysia, the city has become a favourite stop-over for travellers before they go further inland to other regions of Sumatra Island such as Padang and Jambi. The Pasar Pusat (Central Market) is a food-trip destination and is considered a household-goods trove. Pasar Bawah and Pasar Tengah, located near to the port and Siak Riverbank are particularly the places for selling Chinese goods, including ceramics and carpets.

In the other hand, there are many developments of shopping malls and shopping centres surrounding Pekanbaru area such as Plaza Senapelan, Plaza Citra, Plaza Sukaramai, Mal Pekanbaru, Mal SKA, Mal Ciputra Seraya, Lotte Mart, Metropolitan Trade Center, The Central, Ramayana and Giant Grocery Store. Additionally, there are a lot of housing areas have been developed since 2000's surrounding the city, particularly in Panam area whereby the housing project along the road has been tremendously established and now becoming one of the most populous area in Pekanbaru even though it is located not that close to the down town.

Favorably, there are several landmarks that have been built in this city, for example The Great Mosque of An-nur, Mesjid Raya Pekanbaru, Pasar Bawah or Tourist Market, Riau Bank Tower, Riau Government Office Tower, Zapin Dance Monument and many to come.

Transportation[edit]

TransMetro Pekanbaru Bus

There are several modes of transportation in Pekanbaru such as taxi, bus, oplet (share taxi), bajaj (auto rickshaw), ojek (motorcycle taxi) and Trans Metro Pekanbaru (bus rapid transit). However, due to the rapidly increasing number of motorised vehicles, the traffic congestion that occurs on some roads such as Jalan Sudirman, Jalan Riau and Jalan HR. Subrantas that mainly connect populous sub-districts in the city cannot be avoided any more particularly during weekends and holidays. These problems initiated the government of Pekanbaru to come up with plans to solve these matters, especially within 10 to 15 years ahead.

Land[edit]

Flyover across the Jendral Sudirman street, built to cut down the traffic

For land transport, Pekanbaru is connected to Padang, Medan, Jambi, Palembang, and other cities or regions in Riau Province and Sumatra Island by the existence of Bandar Raya Payung Sekaki Terminal Bus (Terminal AKAP). The terminal was officially open for public in 2007, replacing Pekanbaru's former "Mayang Terurai Terminal Bus" due to heavy congestion. However, the Bandar Raya Payung Sekaki Bus Terminal is not fully utilised by several prominent Bus Companies such as Pelangi, Makmur, Riau Mandiri and Sidomulyo as well as other bus operators because its location which is deemed by some parties to be not as strategic as Mayang Terurai Bus Terminal. These matters surely make some bus companies have no choice but to drop off the passengers outside the designated zone. This informal drop-off zone is usually called by local people as terminal bayangan.

Rivers[edit]

Sungai Duku Port (Pelabuhan Sungai Duku) is located by the Siak River, connecting Pekanbaru with some regions in Riau Province and Riau Islands such as Siak, Tanjung Buton, Selatpanjang, Bengkalis and Batam. In the past, there were ferry services travelling from this port directly to Malacca in Malaysia, but the service was discontinued as several ferry companies decided to move their operations to Tanjung Buton.

Air[edit]

Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport serves flights in Pekanbaru from/and to several cities in Indonesia such as Batam, Medan, Bandung, Jakarta, Dumai, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and others, and international flights to Singapore and several cities in Malaysia. Several prominent domestic airlines serve the route from/and to Pekanbaru such as Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik Air, and Indonesia Air Asia. The international flights are presently served by AirAsia, Jetstar Asia Airways, Malindo Air and SilkAir.

In 2012, the new terminal was opened, replacing the old terminal that had been used since the 1980s. The old terminal is planned to be demolished to build more spaces for apron and more aircraft capacity. Even though the new terminal has been fully used, the aerobridges that were constructed have never been utilised as the apron expansion has not been completed yet after two years since the opening of the new terminal to the public in 2012. Thus, the airport company PT Angkasa Pura II is currently ferrying passengers to and from the terminal using shuttle buses until the aerobridge can be used. Pekanbaru's airport is also utilised separately as the airbase of the TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force) and homebase of the 12th Squadron, a shelter to some Hawk Mk.109s and Mk.209s. The airbase is named after the former head of Indonesian Air Force, Roesmin Nurjadin and formally called as Pangkalan Udara Roesmin Nurjadin or Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase.

Sports[edit]

Balai Chevron Tanjak Laksamana
A swimming pool facility in Rumbai Sport Center
Gymnastic stadium in Rumbai Sport Center
Rumbai Athletic Stadium


Football is the most popular sport in Indonesia. In Pekanbaru, PSPS Pekanbaru is the local club that has been competing in Indonesian Super League since the 2000s. Kaharudin Nasution Sport Center Rumbai Stadium is the home stadium for PSPS Pekanbaru.

In 2012, 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualification, 2012 Pekan Olahraga Nasional (Indonesian National Games) and 2012 Pekan Paralympic Nasional was held in Riau Province. Since then, many sport facilities have been built in Pekanbaru because this city was the home for many sports venues used these multi-national events, such as the prominent Riau Main Stadium. Unfortunately, many sports facilities that have been developed before the 2012 Pekan Olahraga Nasional are not being managed and taken care of properly. An example would be the Riau Main Stadium, which was never used again after the event until today due to financial disputes between the local government and the contractors of the stadium.

Several golf courses can be found in Pekanbaru, such as Pekanbaru Golf Course Country Club at Kubang Kulim, Simpang Tiga Golf Course at AURI Complex, Rumbai Golf Course at IKSORA Rumbai Complex and Labersa Golf Course at Labersa Hotel and Convention Center.

Media[edit]

The TVRI Riau (state-owned) and Riau TV (private) are some of the popular local television stations in Pekanbaru. Several local newspapers operating in Pekanbaru, such as Riau Pos, Haluan Riau, Tribun Pekanbaru, Pekanbaru Pos, Pekanbaru MX and Koran Riau.

Sister and Twin Town cities[edit]

Sister & Twin Towns/Cities Country
Malacca City Malaysia Malaysia
Kota Bharu Malaysia Malaysia
Zamboanga City Philippines Philippines
Davao City Philippines Philippines
Phuket Thailand Thailand
Chongqing China China
Liuzhou China China
Quebec City Canada Canada
Suwon South Korea South Korea
Fukushima City Japan Japan
Daegu South Korea South Korea
San Jose, California United States United States
Utrecht Netherlands Netherlands
Atlanta United States United States
Da Nang Vietnam Vietnam
Batam Indonesia Indonesia
Cirebon Indonesia Indonesia
Bandung Indonesia Indonesia
Bandar Lampung Indonesia Indonesia
Jeddah Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Photo gallery[edit]

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