Tangerang is a city in the province of Banten, and part of the Jabodetabek Greater Jakarta metropolitan area, just west of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. With a population of over 2 million, Tangerang is mainly a commuter city for Jakarta. Although the city has a long history dating back to a 17th-century Dutch colonial fortress, the vast majority of the city consists of extensive new housing developments. Jakarta's main international airport, Soekarno-Hatta, is in Tangerang. Just south of the city is the independent city of South Tangerang.
Like most parts of the Jakarta metropolitan area, the area is heavily traffic congested and disorderly, except in some modern housing developments that are maintained by private companies, such as Lippo Karawaci. While such areas have not been designed for tourism, but specifically for the residents, they include attractions such as shopping malls, restaurants, and golf courses. Similar developments, including the major BSD City, are in the neighbouring city of South Tangerang.
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