Tegal, Central Java

Tegal, Central Java

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Tegal is the largest city in the Tegal Regency, Indonesia. It is located on the north coast of Central Java about from Cirebon. Slawi, about to the south, is its suburb.

Along with the nearby city of Pekalongan, approximately east, Tegal was the site of the origin of the Dutch East Indies colonial sugar industry, and the regency remained a major sugar production center until the mid-20th century.Knight, G.R. (1993) Colonial Production in Provincial Java. The Sugar Industry in Pekalongan-Tegal, 1800-1942. Amsterdam: VU University Press. The city served as a port for exporting sugar produced on the nearby plantations. Tegal is famous for its warung, commonly called "warteg" or warung tegal. It is also known for its tea products, such as teh botol sosro, teh tong tji, teh 2 tang, teh gopek, and others.


The city of Tegal is an embodiment from a small village called “Tetegual”. The modernization of the village began in the early 1530s, when eventually it became the part of Pemalang Regency area who admitted the existence of Pajang Empire in Central Java. Pajang Empire was the successor of the Sultanate of Demak, established by its descendant.

The city was established by Ki Gede Sebayu. Along with the locals at that time, he inspired to increase the region’s agricultural sector due to its soil fertility. Because of his endeavor to develop the region and to spread the faith, soon he became the high leader and the symbol of the...
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