Tanah Datar Regency

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Tanah Datar
تانه داتار
Official seal of Tanah Datar
Lokasi Sumatera Barat Kabupaten Tanah Datar.svg
Country Indonesia
Province West Sumatra
Capital Batusangkar
 • Total 1,336.60 km2 (516.06 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 356,085
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) +62 752
Website www.tanahdatar.go.id
Group of people at a tiger trap with a tiger in Soepajang, Bovenlanden Padang, on Sumatra's west coast. (Circa 1895)
Weaving circa 1895 in a photo by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis

Tanah Datar 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 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 also situated in Tanah Datar.


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