Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings

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

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
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Sidabutar is the ancient ruling clan in the Batak village of Tomok on Samosir Island. Indeed, the sarcophagi of the ruling Sidabutar clan are the main attraction at Tomok.

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Why Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings is special ?

The Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings itself is located a little uphill from the main road and you have to go through a small alley with souvenir stalls on both sides of it to get to the main site. Legend has it that King Sidabutar was the first man ever set his foot on Samosir Island. Later on he and his descendants resides in an area which is now known as the small town of Tomok, 5 km south of Tuk Tuk. Before the arrival of Christianity to the island, they practiced an indigenous belief called Parmalim which is basically another form of animism. However, in the 19th century European missionaries successfully converted this society into Christianity, which occurred during the reign of the third king of Sidabutar family. The royal graveyard at Tomok is the evidence to this.


What to explore at Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings?

The Batak king who adopted Christianity is buried in Tomok, a village 5km southeast of Tuk Tuk. The king's image is carved on his tombstone, along with those of his bodyguard and Anteng Melila Senega, the woman the king is said to have loved for many years without fulfilment. The tomb is also decorated with carvings of singa, mythical creatures with grotesque three-horned heads and bulging eyes. Next to the king's tomb is the tomb of the missionary who converted the tribe and an older Batak royal tomb, which souvenir vendors say is used as a multilingual fertility shrine for childless couples. The tombs are 500m up a narrow lane lined with souvenir stalls. Very close by are some well-preserved traditional Batak houses, which some might find more interesting.


How to get to Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings?

To get there, you have to from the Tomok jetty, pass a main road, then onwards to a sideroad where there are souvenir stalls on both sides. You will pass a traditional village on the right, where there is a Welcome sign. After a short distance, you will come to the Sidabutar tomb which is also on the right side of the road.


Selling points

  • Historical place to visit in Samosir
  • Very special attraction on Samosir
  • Great Sarcophagus in Bataknese
  • A great stop on a trip around the island
  • Hidden piece of history of Samosir Island
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Jalan Pulau Samosir, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • There's no information for visitors. If you come with a guide, ask them to tell you about the legend and history of King Sidabutar and his descendant.
    Things to do
  • You should bring cash as there's no ATM on this island and they don't accept card.
    What to bring
  • The shop sellers are kind and polite, but still try to bargain about a half price if you want to buy some souvenirs here.
  • There is a particular dress code for visiting the tomb. The dress accessory is provided at the entrance before entering into the area where the tombs are.
    What to wear
  • Pathway lead to this tomb crowded with souvenirs shop, you can buy some souvenirs here.
    Things nearby
  • You should beware of "fake guide" around the area, they will ask you some tips to listen to "interesting stories" about the King.
  • The entrance is free but you are expected to make donation. The caretaker is polite and he don't even demand any donation, it will be totally up to you.
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If you go to Indonesia, you should not miss Samosir Island. But anyway you can hire a guide because with guided tours, you will know more about the history. The Huta was so nice and we even get to know some histories of the Kings, and anyone who are adults should admit to wear the sarung as a respect to the Kings. There, you should pay respect to the Kings and always mouthed with "Horas", to show friendly. ;)

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