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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  • At the entrance you get a offer of a local guide to get the story of the king for 50k - great. But his English or speaking abilities are very limited, we tried to ask again what he tried to say, but.....  more »
  • It’s bigger with more tombs. Other than that, almost similar to other tombs. Before we go into the tomb, we have to wear a piece of cloth “Ulas” on our shoulder as the show respect to the king.  more »
  • We had to walk up a slope to reach this place. It is not difficult as the path is shaded with rows of small souvenir shops on the left and right of the path. The tomb area is small. Our Indonesian....  more »
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  • We unfortunately had a very bad experience at this tourist attraction. The guide seemed drunk and barely spoke English. He forced us into tipping him way too much instead of giving it to donations. Be careful with the guides!
  • The spot is clean. Also there is no unlegal fare / cost. We just place our donation in the prepared box. The people over there are very welcomed to the tourists. They will give a ton of information voluntarily if you asked them.
  • Well preserved and full of history, with 5 king tombs and several of the generals tomb. Recommended to hire a local guide.
  • this place is to learn batak history.
  • A really great place to learning about Indonesians histories
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