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Threat of Mount Sinabung eruption threatens Lake Lau Kawar tourism

Apriadi Gunawan

The Jakarta Post

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Karo, North Sumatra  /  Mon, February 24, 2020  /  12:03 pm
Threat of Mount Sinabung eruption threatens Lake Lau Kawar tourism

Leisure time: A man paddles a canoe in the middle of Lake Lau Kawar in Karo regency, North Sumatra. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Green hills and cool air make Lake Lau Kawar in Karo, North Sumatra, a popular tourist destination despite the fact it is located near the rumbling Mount Sinabung volcano. The 200-hectare lake, with its calm, clear blue waters, is located around 70 kilometers from Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. The trip from Medan to the lake usually takes around three hours. The lake is located at the foot of Mount Sinabung, a volcano in Namanteran district in Karo regency. One of the closest towns to the lake is Berastagi, and from there, it takes less than an hour to reach the lake. Berastagi locals, such as Edison Sembiring, love to visit the lake during holidays. The 57-year-old Edison said he had climbed Mount Sinabung via a route beginning at Lake Lau Kawar. “The track was good and I climbed from Lake Lau Kawar to the peak of Sinab...