Berastagi

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Berastagi
subdistrict
Heroic Monument, Berastagi
Heroic Monument, Berastagi
Country Indonesia
Province North Sumatera
Regency Karo Regency
Elevation 1,300 m (4,773 ft)
Population (2011 Census)
 • Total 44,765
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Website http://www.karokab.go.id/in/


Berastagi panorama in 1940s with Mount Sibayak in the background
Lumbini Park, Berastagi

Berastagi (meaning "rice store") is a town and subdistrict of Karo Regency situated on crossroads on the main route linking the Karo highlands of Northern Sumatra to the coastal city of Medan. Berastagi town is 70 kilometers south of Medan and about 1,300 meters above sea level. The village rose to significance when Dutch settlers in Sumatra opened a boarding school there in the 1920s.

The main economic activities in Berastagi, centre on the colourful fruit and vegetable market and on tourism. Berastagi is famous for its passion fruit. The main attractions of the town are the two active volcanoes; Mount Sibayak, with its hot springs, and Mount Sinabung. Each mounts can be climbed in one day trip, but guide is needed.[1]


Berastagi Fruit Market.

The town is also a stop on the way to Lake Toba. The dominant ethnic and linguisitic group is Karo Batak.

Berastagi is 11 km from the capital Karo Regency government in Kabanjahe. Airport bus from Kabanjahe directly to the new Kuala Namu International Airport v.v. is available.

Berastagi subdistrict[edit]

The population of Berastagi subdistrict is 44,765, as of 2011. It is the second-most populous subdistrict in Karo Regency, after Kabanjahe.[2]

It borders Barusjahe and Tigapanah to the east, Simpang Empat, to the west, Deli Serdang Regency to the north, Kabanjahe to the soutth.

There are 9 desa in Berastagi subdistrict. It is the smallest (30.5 square kilometres), and most densely populated (1,530 persons/square kilometre) subdistrict of Karo Regency.[3] Elevation is 1400 metres.

Desa with population (2007):[4]

  • Gurusinga, 3,900
  • Raya, 4,358
  • Rumah Berastagi, 6,611
  • Tambak Lau Mulgap I, 2,677
  • Tambak Lau Mulgap II, 3,147
  • Gundaling I, 8,388
  • Gundaling II, 5130
  • Sempajaya, 7,115
  • Doulu, 2,011

Berastagi subdistrict is significantly more Islamic than most parts of Karo Regency, with 17,801 Muslims, 5,042 Catholics, 19,195 Protestants, 1,245 Hindus or Buddhists, and 54 others. Sempajaya is the most Muslim desa, being 67% Muslim. There are 11 mosques, 18 mushollas, 29 churches, and 2 vihara in the subdistrict.

97% of primary-age children are in school, but only 77% of high-school-age children. There are 26 junior schools, 8 middle schools, and 9 high schools within the district.

Agriculture is much less important in Berastagi (and Kabanjahe) than the rest of Karo Regency. Crops include spring onion, Common bean, peas, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, chinese cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and chayote. Rice is not a significant crop. Fruit grown include oranges, passionfruit, Japanese Persimmon and avocadoes. There is significantly more industry in Berastagi subdistrict than the rest of Karo Regency, aided by the fact of Berastagi's 100% paved roads.

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Coordinates: 3°11′N 98°31′E / 3.183°N 98.517°E / 3.183; 98.517