Banten


Banten is a province of Indonesia. It is the westernmost province on the island of Java, and its capital is Serang. The population of Banten exceeds 11 million people. Formerly part of the province of West Java, Banten became a separate province in 2000. The province is a transit corridor to Sumatra.

Historically, it has had a culture distinct from the rest of Java and that of the broader Indonesian archipelago. In recent years, however, the northern half, particularly those areas near Jakarta and the Java Sea coast, have experienced rapid rises in population and urbanization, while the southern half, particularly that facing the Indian Ocean, maintains more of its traditional character.

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