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Karawang regency is a regency in West Java province, Indonesia. Its capital is Karawang City, Karawang regency borders the Bekasi and Bogor regency in west, Java Sea in the north, Subang Regency in the east, Purwakarta regency in the southeast, and in Cianjur regency in the south. Karawang is located about 70 KM east of the capital Jakarta, Indonesia. Karawang regency has a total population of about 2,125,234 people, and an area of 1,737.53 sq km.

History
Karawang is one of the old city in Indonesia, from historical records that exist, at least karawang has been known since the 15th century, Karawang appear on the "Bujangga Manik" manuscript from the end of the 15th century or early 16th century. Cornelis de Houtman, the first Dutch set foot on the island of Java, in 1596 wrote of a place called Karawang as follows: "In the middle of the road between Pamanukan and Jayakarta (the old name of Jakarta), on a foreland located a place called Karawang."
Although there are primary historical source the Bujangga Manik Manuscript and record of Cornelis de Houtman who mentions the word Karawang, there are some people who call Krawang and also Kerawang as written in the book "Miracle sight west java", issued by the Province of West Java.

Karawang region has long been inhabited. Batujaya and Cibuaya heritage site indicate settlement in the early modern period that may precede the Tarumanagara kingdom. Karawang People originally Hindus and the region under the authority of the Kingdom of Sunda. According to the story "Sajarah Banten", Sunan Gunungjati divides Karawang  into two parts, east part to the Cirebon sultanate territory and the west part to Banten Sultanate territory. Islam began embraced the local community during the Kingdom of Sunda, after a patron named Sheikh Yusuf bin Hasanudin Idofi, supposedly from Mecca, which is known as "Sheikh Quro", provide teaching, which is then followed by the students of Wali Sanga. The Sheikh Quro tomb is located in Pulobata, Lemahabang Distric, Karawang.

Tourism
Karawang Tourism is divided into 3 categories, nature tourism, religious tourism and historical tourism. Karawang has attractions such as marine tourism (Tanjung Baru beach, Tanjung Pakis beach and Pisangan beach), mountainous tourism (Mount Sangga Buana, Cigeuntis waterfalls, Santri waterfalls and Bandung waterfalls). Historical and cultural tourism such as: Cibuaya historical site, Jiwa Temple (Temple of Soul) at Batu Jaya, Kuta Tandingan archaeological sites, Kebulatan Tekad Monument (proclamation monument) in Rengas dengklok. And religious tourism such as sheik Quro burial site, Vihara SHIA JIN KU PO and Cikubang historical site.

Karawang also has two golf courses, there are: Sedana Golf And Country Club, and Karawang International Golf Club. In Karawang there is a lavish burial area of San Diego Hills that combine the concept of modern burial and tourism place. In Karawang there is also a stadium that is currently used to hold the Indonesia Super League.

Karawang is also now known as a modern industrial city, has several international industrial area such as: KIIC (Karawang International Industries City), Mitra Industrial Area, Surya Cipta Industry City, BIC (Bukit Indah City) industrial complex, Kujang Industrial Area and Cikampek Industrial Area.

Hotels in Karawang
Hotels in Karawang are: Bestin Hotel (3 star), Karawang Indah Hotel and Fajar Indah Hotel. Hotels nearest to the Karawang include the following: Hotel Sahid Jaya Lipo Cikarang (Bekasi Regency - 4 stars), Ibis Hotel Cikarang (Bekasi Regency - 3 stars) and the President Club Cikarang Bekasi. The nearest airport is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Cengkareng Tangerang. Karawang can be reached by vehicle via the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road about one hour from Jakarta capital city. And From Bandung, the West Java capital city about one half hour via Cipularang toll road.

References
http://www.karawangkab.go.id
http://www.indonesia.travel
http://www.westjavatourism.info
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