Depok is a city in West Java province, Indonesia on the southern border of DKI Jakarta in the Jabodetabek metropolitan region. The "de" in Jabo detabek refers to Depok, while the word "depok" itself comes from Sundanese language meaning hermitage or abode of one living in seclusion. There is also a saying that the Depok word is an acronym of De Eerste Protestants Onderdaan Kerk. It has an area of 200.29 sq km and at the 2010 Census had a population of 1,751,696 people, with a density of 8,746 people/ sq km.
Depok has a growing eclectic collection of malls and traditional markets. Older malls or other notable shopping centers include Mall Depok, Depok Plaza, and SixtyOne Building, and Depok ITC. Depok has many local restaurants and is home to international chains such as McDonalds, A&W, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. Modern-day landmarks that were once known as Depok's primary shopping centers include Ramanda (now an autoshop plus education centre), Hero Supermarket (now Index Home Furnishings), Agung Shop (now defunct and burned during the riot), and Target (now defunct).
There are several new shopping centers in Depok: ITC Depok (anchor tenant: Carrefour), Depok Town Square — commonly referred to as DeTos (anchor tenant: Matahari), and the latest mall which is Margo City (anchor tenants: Centro, Giant, Electronic City), all on Margonda Raya street. Traditional markets include Pasar Depok Baru, Pasar Depok Lama (short: Pasar Lama), Pasar Kemiri (originally expanded to facilitate the move of Pasar Lama traders), Pasar PAL, Pasar Agung, Pasar Musi, Pasar Majapahit. Depok has several major bookstores including a Gramedia and Toko Gunung Agung and a large collection of small roadside bookstores.
The following universities are in Depok:
- Universitas Indonesia
- Universitas Gunadarma
- Politeknik Tugu
- Politeknik Negeri Jakarta
Depok has several private language schools, namely the future EF English First, ILP, and several other smaller establishments. These are all along Margonda Raya and Cinere Raya, the main road through Depok.
Public car transportation (angkot) is the major means of transportation in Depok. The other means of transport is train that connects Depok to Jakarta to the north and Bogor
to the south. In Depok there are two major train stations. The Depok or Depok Lama (Old Depok) Station, which is older and has many more tracks, is located to the south. The Depok Baru (New Depok) Station is closer to Jakarta. There are smaller train stations: University of Indonesia and Pondok Cina. The train is the fastest and most-used way to travel to central Jakarta and is usually extremely crowded during peak times. Depok is also served by the Pondok Cabe Airport.