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Padang
Adityawarman Museum at Padang
Adityawarman Museum at Padang
Coat of arms of Padang
Coat of arms
Motto: Padang, the beloved City
Padang location in West Sumatra
Padang location in West Sumatra
Padang location in Indonesia
Country Indonesia
Province West Sumatra
Area
 • Total 694.96 km2 (268.33 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 856.815
 • Density 1.233/km2 (3.19/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) +62751

Padang is the capital of the province of West Sumatra in Indonesia. With an area of 695 square kilometres (268 sq mi) and a population of 914,970 in 2016, it is the 10th-most populated urban centres in Indonesia, the most populated city on Sumatra's western coast, and fourth-most populated city on Sumatra.

The city had historically been a trading center since the pre-colonial era, trading in pepper and gold. The Dutch made contact with the city in the mid 17th century, eventually constructing a fortress and taking over control of the city from the Pagaruyung Kingdom. Save several interruptions of British rule, Padang remained part of the Dutch East Indies as one of its major cities until Indonesian independence.

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