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West Java ( Indonesian : Jawa Barat , abbreviated as "Jabar", Sundanese : ᮏᮝ ᮊᮥᮜᮧᮔ᮪ Jawa Kulon ) is a province of Indonesia. It is located in the western part of the island of Java and its capital and largest urban center is Bandung , although much of its population in the northwest corner of the province live in areas suburban to the even larger urban area of Jakarta , even though that city itself lies outside the administrative province. The province's population is 46.3 million (in 2014) and it is the most populous of Indonesia's provinces.
The central areas of Bogor , a city in West Java, has one of the highest population density worldwide , while Bekasi and Depok are respectively the 7th and 10th most populated suburbs in the world ( Tangerang in adjacent Banten province is the 9th); in 2014 Bekasi had 2,510,951 and Depok 1,869,681 inhabitants.  All these cities are suburban to Jakarta.
One of the earliest known [ clarification needed ] recorded history in Indonesia is from the former Tarumanagara kingdom, where seven fourth century stones are inscribed in Wengi letters (used in the Indian Pallava period) and in Sanskrit describing the kings of the kingdom Tarumanagara.  Records of Tarumanegara's administration lasted until the sixth century, which coincides with the attack of Srivijaya , as stated in the Kota Kapur inscription (AD 686).