Ambarita Stone Chair Tribal Village

Attraction Jalan Lingkar Tuktuk, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
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Free
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Ambarita is an ancient Batak tribal village on Samosir Island, Lake Toba. It is often called the Ambarita Stone Chair Village due to its historic relics from the pre-Christian era.

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Why Ambarita Stone Chair Tribal Village is special ?

Ambarita is an ancient Batak tribal village on Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. It is often called the Ambarita Stone Chair Village due to its historic relics from the pre-Christian era. It is located an hour's walk northwest from Tuk Tuk or about 20 minutes by boat.


What makes Ambarita interesting, from an anthropological standpoint, is that during ancient times the Toba Batak people of Ambarita practised a form of carnibalism. What remains today is the cluster of stone chairs where the village elders held council. Whenever an enemy was captured, the elders would invite the rulers of neighbouring villages to a conference, to determine the fate of the victim. The victim is held in behind bars under one of the houses.


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What to explore at Ambarita Stone Chair Tribal Village?

You will pass through the entrance, a courtyard with several Batak houses on each sides are the first things that you see. At the center, a large tree locally known as hariara stands tall and serves as a canopy for a set of stone chairs and a table sitting right underneath. It is said that before setting up a village, Batak elders always plant a hariara tree. Seven days later, if the tree stays alive it means that it is safe to make a village at that location. Therefore hariara is also called the seventh-day tree.

One of the houses on the left is now used to display traditional tools utilized by Batak hundreds of years ago. There are a loom and finished ulos, some sets of cutlery, traditional music instruments and other things which were part of daily life for Bataks.

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How to get to Ambarita Stone Chair Tribal Village?

There are two ways to cross to the island, by land and also by boat. If you go by car from Medan, take the direction to Brastagi, then to Sidikalang and Tele. There is a short bridge that connects the Sumatra island and Samosir island. You will go through the winding road and ride down the hill.

If you stay in Parapat, you can reach the island by boat. There are two ports, namely Tiga Raja and Aji Bata. From Tiga Raja port, you can choose your destination, whether Tomok or Tuk-Tuk village. The cost of the crossing is Rp 10.000,- per person.

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Selling points

  • A walk through history
  • Traditional houses with occupants
  • Historical site without any authenticity preserved
  • An interesting site not to miss
  • History Evidence of Bataknese Law
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
448.56 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
21 places

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Jalan Lingkar Tuktuk, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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  • There's not much of info is written so make sure your guide has sufficient knowledge to explain things to you.
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  • There are some nice things to photograph and you'll learn some more about the Batak culture if you take a local guide.
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  • You shouldn't take the exit through the souvenir shop if you don't like to be "bothered" by the sales men/women.
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  • There's Batak style houses at the opposite end. It is free to enter, but they ask you sign the guest book and give a donation if you want.
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  • There will be people there asking you to pay and they tell you the stories. These people are all the owner of souvenir shops, they are making extra money by being a 'tour guide'.
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The stone chairs and table at Ambarita was really cool, and there are other things you can see like traditional Batak houses. It was really interesting to go inside one and look at the artefacts in there. What I found more interesting was the stone chairs and table, along with more stone statues of people and animals on a little hillside just a ten minute walk away. Here the atmosphere is a lot quieter (we were the only ones there) and more spooky when you know what actually took place there all those years ago. I would definitely recommend going here as well as the slightly busier attraction in Ambarita. So interesting, eerie and amazing.

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