Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) is closing all public access to Mount Bromo for 24 hours from 5 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on March 7 to 5 a.m. on March 8 to respect the local Hindu observance of Nyepi (Day of Silence).
Mount Bromo is home to the Tengger indigenous tribe, which follows a unique form of Hinduism that shares some similarities with Balinese Hinduism.
“The closure of all tourism at Mount Bromo is to respect all Hindus who are observing Nyepi,” TNBTS agency head John Kenedie said in a statement on Thursday, as quoted by Antara.
The closure affects all access to the mountain, including the entrance gates of the National Park Management Resort (RPTN) Cemorolawang in Tengger Laut Pasir (Tengger Sand Sea), the RPTN Mount Pananjakan and the RPTN Coban Trisula.
Access routes will be closed to Mount Bromo from Ngadas village in Sukapura district, Probolinggo, and Wonokitri village in Tosari district, Pasuruan. Access routes from Malang and Lumajang to Blok Jemplang will also be closed.
The closure applies to public access points within an 8-kilometer radius of Bromo, from the entrance gates in Ngadas village, Wonokitri village, and Blok Jemplang to the Sand Sea.
Mount Bromo is an active volcano that stands at a height of 2,329 meters above sea level area in the Tengger massif, which stretches across the four regencies of Probolinggo, Pasuruan, Lumajang, and Malang.