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Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau, a province in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra.It has an area of 632.26 km2 and a population of 903,902.Located on the Siak River, which drains to the Strait of Malacca.Pekanbaru has direct access to the busy strait and was long known as a trading port.The city is divided into 12 subdistricts (kecamatan).The Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport serves Pekanbaru with direct flights to Batam, Jakarta, Malaysia (Malacca and Kuala Lumpur), Singapore and other destinations in Indonesia.A settlement has existed on the city site since the 17th century.In the late 19th century, the city developed to serve the coffee and coal industries and the Dutch built roads to help ship goods to Singapore and Malacca.Pekanbaru is one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia and in 2011, received the "Adipura" (clean city) award in the category of large city for the seventh consecutive time.The city is also notable for its wide main streets.However, Pekanbaru regularly suffers from smoke or smog due to forest fires, particularly in the dry season, since there is very little rain to put the fires out.The fires also can be traced to people simply burning their trash or freshly cut grass.Most of the fires are intentionally started, but often unintentionally grow dangerous.Pekanbaru is the third most populous city on Sumatra Island, after Medan and Palembang with a population of 903,902 recorded in the 2010 census.The city is highly urbanized, drawing many of its people from the neighbouring province of West Sumatra.In addition to Riau Malays natives the city also has other ethnic groups.The Minangkabau are the largest ethnic group, forming 37.7% of population. Javanese, Batak and Tionghoa are the other main ethnic groups inhabiting Pekanbaru.

Position as a trade route Siak River Pekanbaru, has played an important role in enhancing the growth of this city ekomoni.Finding sufficient oil in 1939 contributed greatly to the development and migration of population from other regions.Trade and services sector is currently the mainstay of Pekanbaru city, which is visible with the mushrooming development of shophouses on the main streets of this city.Additionally appeared several modern shopping centers, including: Plaza Senapelan, Citra Plaza, Plaza Sukaramai, Mal Pekanbaru, Mal SKA, Mal Ciputra Seraya, Lotte Mart, Metropolitan Trade Center and Giant.In addition, some markets are still standing traditional such as the Lower Market, Market Senapelan Kingdom (Market Kodim), Share of Market, Market Rumbai, Markets and Market Fifty Cik Puan.The city government is currently trying to make this traditional markets survive as with the development of modern shopping centers including the rejuvenation and repair of infrastructure and supporting facilities.


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By Air

The Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (IATA: PKU, ICAO: WIBB) is a International Airport serves Pekanbaru with direct flights to Batam, Jakarta, Malaysia (Malacca and Kuala Lumpur), Singapore and other destinations in Indonesia.The airport also a Type B airbase of the TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force), homebase of the 12th Squadron, a shelter to some Hawk Mk.109s and Mk.209s.By end of June 2011 a new terminal spanning 17,000 square meters and a more spacious aircraft apron which can accommodate 10 wide-body aircraft, twice the capacity of the old apron will be operated.To meet the technical requirements of a world-class airport, the airport runway would be extended from 2,200 meters to 2,600 meters and then to 3,000 meters and runway width extension from 30 m to 45 m.Expansion of the airport is part of infrastructure development in support of the 2012 Pekan Olahraga Nasional which will be held in Pekanbaru.

By Road

Pekanbaru is connected by a network of roads that connect from the direction of Padang in the west, Medan in the north and Edinburgh in the south.Sekaki Umbrella Terminal Bandar Raya is a center of transportation services between cities and between provinces, local government planned to be a means of orientation and displacement inter-modal transportation system with access to regional transportation networks, airports and seaports.

By ferry

Port of Pekanbaru is located on the banks of the Siak River and within 96 miles to the mouth of the river became a means of transport for export commodities such as palm oil.In addition this port also connects with the region in Pekanbaru Riau Islands such as Tanjung Pinang and Batam.

By Bus

In addition Transmetro Pekanbaru is a means of mass transportation in the city of Pekanbaru landline as well as one alternative to reduce the level of congestion in the city.During the occupation the Japanese carried out the construction of railroads linking Pekanbaru to Padang via Sawahlunto.This project has been planned earlier in the reign of the Dutch East Indies and settled on August 15, 1945, although until now this line is never activated again.

Key places to visit
Sang Nila Utama Museum, will Merry Band Festival, Masjid Ar-Rahman Pekanbaru, Barelang Temple, Nasution Rumbai Kaharudin Stadium, Anjung Art Indus Tintin


Places to Visit

Sang Nila Utama Museum

is located at Jl. General Sudirman Pekanbaru, the museum holds a variety of different collections of objects such as pennies and culture of traditional clothes, wedding dresses, folk games such as tops, musical instruments from different areas in Riau and historic objects other Riau province.Not far from the museum Sang Nila Utama have one building with architecture typical of thick Malay Riau Building Cultural Park, where the building was used as a place for cultural activities and performances of various art Riau Malay and other activities.Riau Dekranasda Sisimangaraja located just down the road. Dekranasda is the most complete center in Pekanbaru Riau souvenirs. In this Dekranasda you can find all sorts of accessories like clothing typical malay malay Riau, Riau batik, weaving and songket cloth, wooden handicrafts and others.

will Merry Band Festival

The annual sporting business promotion and investment Riau Expo 2011 will be enlivened by a variety of sporting and activity interlude.At sporting held on September 17 to 24 next, it will also dimerihkan with Band Festival.This year the festival band got restrictions on the number of participants by the committee penyelenggeara.Alfa Committee Nonie says,he was just targeting the fifty participants who will be performing in Riau Expo 2011 in three sessions. Appear, a special band festival in Riau have quickly signed up for band difestivalkan category is a general category. ''The festival is open to the public with a requirement - requirement to register as soon as possible before the 14th (September, red) is,''said Alfa Nonie to Riau Pos, Thursday (8 / 9) yesterday.Each band was asked to come directly to the secretariat of the committee at Sahara Creative Indonesia, Road No. 13 Mount Papandayan Tangkerang, Pekanbaru is located not far from the entrance of Hope Simpang Raya.After registration, participants will follow the race penetuan sequence number that will be held the day after registration closes. In the race itself, each band was asked to bring two songs, Payer (Free) and Song Free (own creation). The winner of this festival will get a prize of millions of dollars from the committee which will be submitted at the closing ceremony of Riau Expo 2011.

Masjid Ar-Rahman Pekanbaru

the Masjid Ar-Rahman is just an old mosque Pekanbaru in Pekanbaru that only berkontruksikan wood. However, the location of Masjid Ar-Rahman is very, very strategic, if in terms of property, said to be in the Premier Lot. Why? Because the exact location of this mosque located in the heart of Pekanbaru city, just a few yards from the Crossroads General Sudirman and Jalan Tuanku Tambusai.Therefore, about two years ago, the Masjid Ar-Rahman overhauled into a small mosque, with a prestigious contemporary desaign. Ar-Rahman mosque construction using Pekanbaru City budget costs represent the most beautiful mosques in the magical land after the Great Mosque and Masjid An-Nur Raya Pekanbaru. When the trace as far back in history, the land where the mosque stands the waqf of Sastro Pawiro Djaya Diningrat.Currently Masjid Ar-Rahman became one of the center of attention in the midst of the siege of buildings such as building Surya Dumai, The Premiere Hotel, Plaza Image Pekanbaru and others. The mosque is very crowded, especially at the time of noon prayers, because the congregation came from employees and government employees with offices in the vicinity.

Barelang Temple

This temple complex is situated in the village Barelang, Kampar District XIII Koto or distance of approximately 135 kilometers from the city of Pekanbaru. The distance between this temple complex in the village center Barelang approximately 2.5 miles and not far from the Kampar river Right. The temple complex is surrounded by a wall measuring 74 x 74 meters, there is also a wall outside their area of land measuring 1.5 x 1.5 kilometers that surrounds this complex to the riverbank sampal Right Kampar. Within this complex there are also old buildings of the temple, temples and Stupas Mahligai Youngest and Palangka. Temple consists of building materials: sandstone, river rock and. bricks. According to sources Tempatan, bricks for this building built in the village Pongkai, a village located on the downstream side of the temple complex. Former mining land for bricks until now regarded as a highly respected residents. To bring the brick to the temple, performed by relay from hand to hand. This story though is not certain truth to the idea that the construction of such temples are worked together and carried by the skit. Apart from the old temple, the temple Youngest, Mahligai Stupa and Palangka, in the temple complex was also found that the mound is estimated as the burning of human bones. Outside the complex there is also the buildings (the former) are made of brick, which has not been established types of buildings.

Nasution Rumbai Kaharudin Stadium

is a football stadium in Pekanbaru, Riau, which is also the football club's headquarters PSPS.The stadium was built in 1980 and experienced improvement in the year 2010 for PON 2012 . Rumbai stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000.Currently used for league matches in which Indonesia entered PSPS in Indonesia Super League in Indonesia in 2009.

Anjung Art Indus Tintin

Tintin Idrus Art Pavilion that stood majestically on the Arena Full MTQ is now changing its name to the complex of lemongrass Jalan Sudirman Airport Pekanbaru is one of the wonder building in Pekanbaru.With the building is characterized by typical Malay Riau, Pavilion of Arts Idrus Tintin is more like a palace than in the performing arts.With a height equivalent to three stories high-rise building with an amazing aesthetic value.if you had the opportunity to get into it you will see Terawangan high ceiling leading to the building.Art Pavilion is also home to the implementation of the top Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) 2008 which was attended by almost all film artists homeland and a silent witness to the triumph of Dedi Mizwar and therefore 2 Naga Bonar.Even Tintin Idrus Arts Pavilion is like turned into a tourist attraction because it is always crowded with visitors to simply take pictures view or lounging in the afternoon.

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