North Padang Lawas Regency

North Padang Lawas Regency
North Padang Lawas Regency
Padang Lawas Utara
—  Regency  —
Country Indonesia
Province North Sumatra
Capital Gunung Tua
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)

North Padang Lawas Regency is a regency in North Sumatra. Its seat is Gunung Tua.


Bahal I temple at Bahal, Portibi district, North Padang Lawas

The Padang Lawas archaeological site is partly located in the regency. The site covers approximately 1,500 km², spreading the kecamatan (districts) of Portibi in the regency, Barumun and Barumun Tengah in the Padang Lawas Regency and Padangbolak in the South Tapanuli Regency. Hindu-Buddhist remains are found on the site, including structures called biaro (from Sanskrit vihara, meaning "temple" or "monastery").


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