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This drain beside Hagen Park Secondary School in Mt Hagen is a public toilet at night. Mt Hagen has no public toilet so young people make pit toilets in the city and charge people K2 for the convenience. There were three public toilets built during the 1970s – at Hagen Kopi, YMCA and near Mt Hagen market – but those have been turned into shops.
Currently, there is no proper public toilet. Mt Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, with a population of over 46,000.
The city is named after the old eroded volcano Mount Hagen, located about 24km to the north-west.
The volcano was named after the German colonial officer Curt von Hagen, who died in 1897.

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