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. Before you head to Samosir Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Samosir Island online itinerary builder , to make sure you see all that Samosir Island has to offer, including Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings.
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  • Unique, needs to be preserved. the story behind this place must be drenungkan, because a lot of the meaning which is good for life.
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  • It is a unique experince at the King Sidabutar's Tomb. You can learn Batak culture. You can see the history. You can also shop some souveniers. Very recommended.  more »
  • Without explanations this visit would have us nothing. Our guide had a profound knowledge and it has been a very exciting hour!
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  • Well preserved and full of history, with 5 king tombs and several of the generals tomb. Recommended to hire a local guide.
  • Tomb of Batak King Sidabutar and his wife. Other than the actual tombs, there's nothing around the area (not even an information board). You'll need to read up on the historical significance before coming or get a local guide. The actual tomb site is less prominent than the houses in front hosting the performances; so head around further into the alley until you see it.
  • Its an old tomb of a King with his bodyguard and Anteng Melila, the women he loves... it's a historic place, we can learn some historical tradition from the local guide, and also we can watch the performance of Si Gale Gale. And there's a lot of souvenir shop around it...
  • Nice historical site, hire local guide to help you get around.
  • Tomb of Batak King Sidabutar and his wife. Not much to see here other then these.

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