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Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings, Samosir Island
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Visit the final resting place of the Batak king that adopted Christianity at Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings. Legend has it that King Sidabutar and his descendants were the first to inhabit the island, and practiced an indigenous belief called Parmalim until missionaries converted the island to Christianity in the 19th century. Note the carved images of the king's face, his guardian, and the woman he loved (unrequitedly). Smaller tombs and other statues surround the gravesite. Upon entering the site, you will be asked to don a traditional piece of fabric for modesty. Be sure to employ the help of a guide, as there is little signage. Just outside of the tomb you'll find many traditional Batak houses and souvenir kiosks. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Samosir Island holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • You can visit the tombs of local kings in a harbour village of Tomok - few kilometres from Tuk Tuk. It's free to enter but you have to wear some local shawl provided at the entrance - as a sign of res...  more »
  • It's ok, but not worth the effort unless you have an interest in Batak culture. Run the gauntlet of souvenir shops on the way 
  • They must be historically very interested to find this place really good. One hardly finds the Tomb, so many Souvieniergeschäfte are the trappings. No deliberate place. The worst, the Museum is 50 m further, it was closed, but a little monkey was chained to the tree and cried quite bad. We could not free him unfortunately, he had a strong chain.
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