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North Padang Lawas Regency

North Padang Lawas Regency
Padang Lawas Utara
Country Indonesia
Province North Sumatra
Capital Gunung Tua
 • Total 3,918.05 km2 (1,512.77 sq mi)
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total 232,928
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)

North Padang Lawas (Padang Lawas Utara) is a regency in North Sumatra province of Indonesia. It has an area of 3,918.05 km2, and had a population of 223,049 at the 2010 Census;[1] the latest estimate (as at January 2014) is 232,928. Its administrative seat is Gunung Tua.


The regency is divided into nine districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[2]

Name Population
Census 2010[2]
Batang Onang 12,790
Padang Bolak Julu 9,972
Portibi 23,228
Padang Bolak 58,560
Simangambat 46,769
Halongonan 29,058
Dolok 22,573
Dolok Sigompulon 15,610
Hulu Sihapas 4,683


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").


  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011
  2. ^ a b Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  • Simanjuntak, Truman, M. Hisyam, Bagyo Prasetyo, Titi Surti Nastiti (éds.), Archaeology: Indonesian perspective : R.P. Soejono's festschrift, LIPI, Jakarta, 2006, ISBN 979-26-2499-6

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