Samosir Island in North Sumatra has been the destination of choice among tourist visiting Lake Toba. The island is an excellent spot to visit Batak Toba cultural heritage, with four locations on the 1,419 square kilometer island which people can stop by to find out more about the culture. Here are four must-visit areas on Samosir Island.
King Sidabutar’s tomb
Marked with a big rock, the tomb of Samosir’s former ruler is available for visitors. However, visitors must wear Sumatran woven fabric. The king, who passed in 1544, was renowned because of his supernatural powers. The tomb is located within walking distance of the Tomok pier.
Huta Siallagan, that meant Village of this Siallagan Tribe, includes several traditional Batak Toba houses, a king’s grave and a set of rock tables where offenders faced trial previously. The trial stones are the chief attraction of this website. The king sat on the rock together with his advisors to talk about what form of punishment a criminal should get.
The ethnic village, located in the Ambarita administrative village at Simanindo district, is surrounded by huge rocks that also functioned as a fortress before.
Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum
Located 20 km from the Tomok pier, in Simanindo, Samosir is the Huta Bolon Simanindo Museum. Here, people can learn about the heritage of Batak Toba cultures such as traditional clothing, cookware, and other things and apparatus commonly used previously. Several traditional Batak Toba homes may also be viewed at this museum.
Visitors may also enjoy daily performances of ancient dances, for example, sigale-gale dance which comes with a wooden ring as well as the tortor dance. The performance starts at 10.30 a.m. and operates until 11.45 p.m. Visitors will be invited to join the dance at the end of the performance.
Low-weaving village, Lumban Suhi-Suhi
Those interested in searching for local crafts and learning about the many meanings of different ulos patterns should stop by the Lumban Suhi-suhi village to visit neighborhood rules weavers showcase their experience.