Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings

Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings

Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings
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yfylou
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6,502 contributions
Couples
In the Tomok village laid the ancient tomb of King Sidabutar since 500 years ago. They believe there is a relationship between stone and life which is express through natural stone statues as well as a legend of Anting Malela's love story.
Written September 1, 2017
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missZaline
Malaysia104 contributions
A historical tombs in Tomok,Samosir Island.I like to hear the history but not happy with the condition to ask the visitor to wear some sort of sarong material before enter the tomb.This is nonsense.
Written May 23, 2016
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Izzaty
Kuala Lumpur95 contributions
Friends
It is a must to visit this place and admire the legend and history of the Sidabutar Kings.. Dont forget to join the sigale-gale dance and have fun doing the Batak dance.. This dance is the pride of the Batak people so I felt honoured to be able to join them.. A lot of souvenirs shops here so bargain away (quote more than less 50% off the offered price).. All in all, dont miss this site! Go and join the fun!
Written February 15, 2014
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Vigswam
Singapore, Singapore1,046 contributions
Family
After visiting the Batak Museum, we took a short ride to Tomok village to view the Tombs of the Batak Kings. We parked at a private parking space on the main road which was lined with shops and took a 10min walk. Its a walk up slope from the main road market street to get here. From the tomb designs you could appreciate the evolution of the culture up to modern age and also how the Christian faith weaved into their culture. Very interesting. He were also giving a brief demonstration of a traditional dance which we participated in and our kids had a good laugh. There is also a Batak traditional house that is set up as a museum that houses traditional clothing and tools to better appreciate the Batak culture. The whole visit was about slightly under an hour.
Written April 8, 2020
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Jane W
65 contributions
Family
Very interesting and original . The guide was worth the extra money . He brought the sight to life with his historical facts and stories . He speaks
Good English and answers all your questions .
Lots of shops selling wood carvings / Batak fabrics and textiles , and clean toilets on sight .
Well worth a visit .
Written April 22, 2022
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joecornalis
Kuala Lumpur59 contributions
Family
Must visit when you visit Parapat. 45 minutes journey by boat from Parapat. They journey will make enjoy the lake view 360 degree. Located at Samosir Island in middle of the Lake Toba. Samosir Island size same as Singapore.
Walking distance to visit Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings and Batak Museum Tomok.
Tips 1.
Please avoid word "nanti" when you walk to the tomb and museum area with local souvenir shop. "Nanti" means you promise to buy their item.
Tips 2.
You can try Batak traditional costume at Batak Museum Tomok for new experience. Please donate after you try.
Written October 1, 2015
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Nuphar007
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
Family
We found this not to be worth the trip, there are just some very simple tombs surrounded by a lot of souvenir stalls. The puppet dancing close to these tombs was nice but the tomb itself not interesting.
Written January 8, 2015
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
The 3 main tombs of the Sidabutar kings are an interesting example of the Toba-Batak people’s changing culture. The first 2 are carved volcanic stone tombs in images representative of themselves. They resemble Neolithic-like stone carvings displaying an interesting level of skill until you realise the third king is also buried next to them in a plain stone rectangular casket with a Christian crucifix on it. The Toba-Batak’s conversion to Christianity signalled the end of their animalistic belief called Parmalim, cannibalistic feasts & fabalistic burial tombs.
 
Upon entering the royal cemetery, visitors must each wear a traditional cloth called an Ulos which is draped over one shoulder as a sign of respect. These are available for free at the top of the stairs at the entrance. This Ulos is also draped over the royal tombs which represent 3 principles of the Toba Batak people’s beliefs. Muslims will not mysteriously catch fire & burn in agony. Entry to the cemetery is free & via a narrow pathway up a hill off Tomok’s main road, lined by souvenir stores. Near the cemetery there are a row of traditional Batak houses, a totem pole & daily village dances for tourists dollars.
 
Interestingly, king Ompu Ni Ujung Barita Sidabutar’s tomb’s main feature is a large smiling image of himself with a small man carved under his chin, a tribute to the king’s most trusted bodyguard. Towards the foot of the tomb is an image of the most beautiful woman in town whom the king couldn’t have relations with after they got into a fiery argument. The king cursed her with black magic or more likely said something nasty which drove her coo-coo & into the jungle never to be seen again. With so much regret, the king spent the rest of his life with a heavy heart, never forgetting his true love. From ancient villagers to modern-day city dwellers, some thing’s just never change.
Written March 20, 2013
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Bidule05
France1,398 contributions
We visited the old tomb of king Sidabutar in August 2019.
This is the tomb of a king who converted to Chistianity. We did a guided tour, which was necessary to understand the history of Batak people
Written March 1, 2021
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Jöran BVR
Gembloux, Belgium36 contributions
Couples
As expected, the site was at the end of a path lined on either site by souvenirs shops (which can be nice, depending on your willingness to do some haggling /shopping).

The site is tiny, well maintained and photogenic, but there was no explanation at all, nor from someone nor from panels. Fortunately, the (quiet grumpy) keeper directed us to king Sidabutar's tomb (it is written Sidabutar on all of them!), and internet provided us with a little explanation.

So yes, all in all a little disappointed, but that can be because we went really outside of tourist season. Still do it though, you can leave a donation (or not) depending on your experience, and it is a major milestone in Batak History.
Written November 6, 2017
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