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Banten's Negeri di Atas Awan closed to tourists on New Year’s Eve 

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 30, 2019  /  06:21 pm
Banten's Negeri di Atas Awan closed to tourists on New Year’s Eve 

Tourists marvel at the view at Negeri di Atas Awan Gunung Luhur in Lebak regency, Banten (biropemerintahan.bantenprov.go.id/File)

The Lebak regency administration in Banten is set to close its Negeri di Atas Awan Gunung Luhur (Mount Luhur Land above the Clouds) attraction during New Year’s Eve due to possible landslides.

“We will temporarily close the tourist attraction,” Lebak Deputy Regent Ade Sumardi said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that the precaution was aimed at protecting people from potential landslides in the area caused by increasing rainfall.

The tourist attraction was recently hit by flash floods following heavy downpours and strong winds.

“We have issued a circular letter advising local residents to avoid visiting the attraction in order to prevent casualties due to extreme weather conditions,” Ade said.

Read also: Puncak Pass to be closed on New Year’s Eve

The Banten Police have assigned tens of personnel to close roads leading to the attraction to keep tourists from going to the area during the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Situated within Mount Halimun Salak National Park (TNGHS), Negeri di Atas Awan Gunung Luhur caught the attention of the public after it went viral on social media in September.

Located three hours from Jakarta, the tourist spot boasts a fantastic view of a sea of clouds surrounding the mountain peak.

Responding to the tourist surge, the Banten provincial administration started constructing supporting facilities in and around the tourist attraction, such as parking lots and photo spots. Facilities currently available in the area are managed by local residents. (kuk/kes)

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