Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum

Attraction Jalan Pulau Samosir | Simanindo, Samosir Island, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
3.80 USD

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Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum is a museum located at the northern tip of Pulau Samosir, in the village of Simanindo.

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Why Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum is special ?

Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum is a museum located at the northern tip of Pulau Samosir, in the village of Simanindo. It's a fine old traditional house that has been restored and now functions as a museum.

The traditional Batak clan houses, Rumah Bolon, with their elegant saddle-shaped roofs made of thatched sugar palm fibre, are a distinctive sight all around the Batak highlands. Elevated on stilts to protect the occupants against floods or wild animals, these beautiful houses were built without any nails. Some are hundreds of years old. Many are abandoned and falling into complete disrepair. Others have been modified: their old roofs replaced with sheets of corrugated tin. Very few traditional-style houses are being built today – which is why some better-maintained examples of the old styles have been preserved as cultural museums.


What to explore at Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum?

Located at the end of the shopping belt of Samosir Island, the museum showcases the structures the Batak people used to live in, and the structures they built. You can go into the main house to have a look at the layout of a typical house. They has no electric lights in the past, so the only light into the house is naturally sunlight through windows they placed at strategic points in the wall.

The real drawcard for tourists, however, is the daily cultural dance performance. While pluralistic religions are not recognised by the state, and most Toba these days are Christian, the dances illustrate some of the old Animist traditions that are still alive and well.


How to get to Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum?

Option 1.

Cost of Orange bus to drop off point Siantar is Rp 60.000,--

From drop off point in Siantar take Angkot to Simpang Dua. Cost is Rp 5.000,-- From Simpang Dua take shared taxi to Tiga Raja harbour in Parapat. Cost is Rp 15.000

From Tiga Raja harbour take passenger ferry to Tuk Tuk. Cost is Rp 10.000

Option 2.

Take big bus from Airport to Amplas. Cost is Rp 10.000

Take big blue – white or green bus from Amplas to Busterminal in Parapat. Cost is Rp 30.000,-- plus or minus Rp 5.000

Take Angkot from Busterminal Parapat to Tiga Raja Harbour. Cost is Rp 3.000

From Tiga Raja harbour take passenger ferry to Tuk Tuk. Cost is Rp 10.000


Selling points

  • A good quick look at Batak's culture
  • Good museum to visit while in Samosir
  • Good history, well maintained
  • Great Batak culture and structures
  • One of those enchanting place you will want to visit again
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Jalan Pulau Samosir | Simanindo, Samosir Island, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • You should come by 10.30am to view the traditional Batak dance show which is quite nice. If there is enough tourist coming in, they will put on another show at 11.45am.
  • There's not much information for you to understand it as you expected, it's better to visit with a tour guide.
    Things to do
  • At the end, audience has the chance of dancing together with the dancers and also a donation and photo taking session.
    Things to do
  • You can look for its large signboard on your right side once you reach the village if you are riding from Tuktuk.


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Ready to be amazed by the "not-well-preserved" but still very enjoyable place. It is very calm, very natural, and still very authentic compared to other village complex which is already modified to the extent that it is not authentic anymore. Most of the traditional house is untouched by the modern materials, but that is also what makes it looks like it is not well-preserved. It is quite a bummer no to be able to watch the traditional dance held in a certain time (something that should not be missed). But the good thing is that it is the most authentic village, with the bamboo trees as the natural and authentic fence and guarding wall of the village - which is one of the thing that is missing in other historical site. You could also enjoy a very calm and beautiful sight of the lake on the small port just behind the museum after you finished enjoying the historical and authentic museum. But then, improvements of the broken furniture and furnishings using authentic material would do great things and of course will attract more people to come.

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