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“Historical site without any authenticity preserved.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of King Siallagan's Stone Chair

King Siallagan's Stone Chair
Jalan Rumah Hoba, Ambarita, Indonesia
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Medan, Indonesia
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“Historical site without any authenticity preserved.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The most well-known tourist trap in this island, I guess? Most of the traditional houses is remarkably modified to the extent that it didn't show any authenticity for the historical site. The only area preserved for us to see is the Stone Chair and the tree in the middle of the historic complex.

A guided tour is one of the easy ways to enjoy this place. The tour guide explain quite clearly about the history of this village and how they execute the criminals found guilty. You will walk to the exit and pass numbers of souvenir shops begging you to buy things from them (which I find quite a bit annoying to experience).

Visited May 2014
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Kuala Lumpur
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“An interesting site not to miss..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

See the Batak culture and traditional houses. Not much of info is written so make sure your guide has sufficient knowledge to explain things to you. Appreciate their cultures and history as it is really unique. You can buy souvenirs nearby.

Visited February 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“History Evidence of Bataknese Law”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

My friend living in Siallagan village in Samosir Island, so i visited her. She is offspring of King Siallagan, so i could see The Stone Chair in front of her house. It was awesome, hence people called it "Batu Parsidangan" meaning "Court Stone" as it described the Bataknese's court around 700 years ago in Kingdom of King Siallagan. They already known about prosecutor, lawyer, and judge. Long time ago, many criminals were tried here and also executed here by beheaded and their body were dumped into the Toba Lake and the head buried in the forest. Abit mystical but i love traveling about history especially i am Bataknese as well, so i am proud that my ethnic has known a Law long time ago.

Visited March 2013
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Yeosu, South Korea
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“Worth a Visit - Get a Guide(?)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

My wife and I drove motorbikes all the way around Samosir Island and we stopped in Ambarita to see these Stone Chairs. They were interesting, but there wasn't much information there. It was the end of a long day for us, so we didn't stay too long. There's Batak style houses and plenty of little souvineers to buy at the opposite end. It is free to enter, but they ask you sign the guest book and give a donation if you want. We didn't see any guides, nor did any guides approach us, so we didn't have one. I would definitely recommend getting one if you have the choice. It would have been very helpful. If you're in the TukTuk or Ambarita area, take a few hours to get here and explore around.

Visited January 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Village with An Interesting History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We were lucky as we had a very good guide. I guess that made all the difference. She was able to tell us the history in an interesting way, her presentation was really good. We were brought into a traditional Batak house, and was explained how the design came about (the shape of a boat), and how families lived together in the same house. Also, the stories of how the trials and executions took place, how wizardry played an important role at that time, and how Christianity changed the village.

Visited November 2013
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