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Tanah Datar Regency is a regency (kabupaten) in West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The regency has a population of 338,584 at the 2010 Census, which according to official estimates had risen to 356,085 in January 2014. The capital of the regency is Batusangkar. The town of Padang Panjang is also geographically located within the regency but constitutes a municipality (kota otonom) of its own.

Tanah Datar Regency

Kabupaten Tanah Datar
Rice fields in Tanah Datar
Rice fields in Tanah Datar
Official seal of Tanah Datar Regency
Seal
Location within West Sumatra
Location within West Sumatra
Tanah Datar Regency is located in Sumatra
Tanah Datar Regency
Tanah Datar Regency
Location in Sumatra and Indonesia
Tanah Datar Regency is located in Indonesia
Tanah Datar Regency
Tanah Datar Regency
Tanah Datar Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 0°27′00″S 100°34′59″E / 0.45°S 100.583°E / -0.45; 100.583
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceWest Sumatra
CapitalBatusangkar
Government
 • RegentIrdinansyah Tarmizi
 • Vice RegentZuldafri Darma
Area
 • Total1,336.60 km2 (516.06 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total356,085
 • Density270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (IWST)
Area code(+62) 752
Websitewww.tanahdatar.go.id
Pacu jawi, a traditional bull race from Tanah Datar.
Group of people at a tiger trap with a tiger in Soepajang, Bovenlanden Padang, on Sumatra's west coast. (Circa 1895)

Tanah Datar has several tourist attractions including the Pagaruyung Palace (Istano Pagaruyuang) with its museum, Sanskrit and Malay language stone inscriptions from the 14th century, several sites with megaliths (batu tagak), and the village Pandai Sikat (Pandai Sikek), where the traditional songket (kain balapak) is still woven. The northern part of Lake Singkarak is situated in Tanah Datar. The traditional bull race pacu jawi take place in the regency too.

AdministrationEdit

Tanah Datar is divided into fourteen districts (kecamatan), listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census:

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Coordinates: 0°27′00″S 100°34′59″E / 0.45°S 100.583°E / -0.45; 100.583