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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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  • We enjoyed visitt thomb of sidabutar. We learned about Batak Kings history. Recommended place to be visited  more »
  • Very interesting is the history to the stone sarcophagi. The real miracle is that you can keep but hundreds souvenir shops alive. There's not much to see except the 6x6m stone monument. Further renovations are evidence of little expertise. Stop trying to market the existing cultural and historical heritage. On Devil come out. Too bad about the culture which drowns in much plastic waste here.
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  • A glimpse of the lives of Kingsof the islands. 0nce were practicing animism but later converted to Christianity this the appearance of symbolic crosses on the tomb. A guide will be there to explain th...  more »

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