King Siallagan's Stone Chair

King Siallagan's Stone Chair, Ambarita

King Siallagan's Stone Chair

King Siallagan's Stone Chair
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Bidule05
France1,274 contributions
We visited Huta Siallagan museum in August 2019. It was a sacred place. The most interesting things in the museum are stone sculptures «Batu Parsidangan », located under a tree. The stone chairs/table were for the king Siallagan and queen, the clan chiefs and the spiritual leader, when they made judgement.
The village is also very typical with beautiful Batak houses!
Written March 1, 2021
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Vigswam
Singapore, Singapore1,046 contributions
Family
We made our way here as one of the first visits on Samosir island. We came here mainly mto visit the Batak Museum. This place also houses one of the Batak tribe's king's tomb. Its a good location to view and understand Batak architecture and culture. There are Batak houses to visit to understand how the structures are build and there are old stone carvings.
Written March 22, 2020
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Jane W
65 contributions
Family
Very good tour guide on sight worth paying extra charge as he spoke good English and brought the sight and stories to life . Facts of historical horror !
There are clean toilets and shops to buy wood carvings and Batak Textiles .
Worth a visit.
Written April 22, 2022
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Nishamanttey
Male167 contributions
Friends
If you are in Tuk Tuk only go here, but if you are on the opposite side of the island or elsewhere its not worth the distance. There are several houses of this type around the island.
Written November 27, 2018
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
Council meetings were always popular with villagers who could count on a good time after the formalities, things like chasing girls, riding pigs & feasting from a smorgasbord of food & drink, it’s the perfect village life. Pity the day when Christian explorers informed them that eating the flesh of enemies & drinking their blood is not very nice. Conversion to Christianity came quickly & as a consolation they traded their cannibalistic ways to worship Jesus of Nazareth who figuratively gives up his own flesh & blood to be eaten by his followers worldwide, this all makes perfect sense.
 
The council of Siallagan elders met to determine if captured enemies were guilty of crimes. A violent beating by blunt object was the preferred execution method, then a ceremonial decapitation. The job of carving up flesh was never much a popular job, but the real fun was eating the flesh of an enemy mixed with buffalo meat & seasoned with ginger. I can imagine the sense of excitement when eating the roasted ears of the guy that tried to ride your daughter. His blood is also used in some sort of bizarre drinking game just to keep the party going. The top dog of the Siallagan tribe was known as the cannibal king who lead the feasting with much enthusiasm, all the markings of a lonely childhood perhaps?
 
A carved man of stone seated in one of the chairs gives off an eerie vibe as he has witnessed countless feasts, today, still frozen watching on in silence. Situated in the cannibal king’s village of Siallagan it also contains a row of Batak stilt houses with slopping roofs. One of the houses belonged to the cannibal king.
 
Huta Siallagan or the Stone Chair Village in Ambarita can be reached by turning at the Ambarita Post Office & right at the end of the road, the village is just around the bend past the bridge. Ambarita is only a few kms from Tomok on  Samosir road in the same area as the rice fields. Entry is cheap around 3,000 IDR.
Written March 22, 2013
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raisagd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia259 contributions
Couples
If you’re visiting to view the stone chairs then expect literally stone chairs. The houses surrounding the stone chairs were impressive and the local handicraft was beautiful so if you have an hour or two to spare then definitely visit but if you’re visiting with high expectations then definitely lower those expectations!
Written January 27, 2020
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shopaholickk
world423 contributions
Family
This was our first stop in Samosir and probably one of the most interesting. We highly recommend hiring a guide. We were lucky and got one who was very jovial and could answer all the questions we had and then some :)
Written June 1, 2018
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Snook87
Bristol, UK32 contributions
Couples
We cycled from Tuk Tuk which was a very nice ride and took about 45min with a lot of photo stops. If you get a mountain bike, it's not overly challenging. We hired a guide for 100000idr as we wanted to get a bit more background on the history of the village. While the guide was good he only focused on the stone chairs and the execution site. While this was definitely interesting it kind reduced the Batak people of old to murdering cannibals. We didn't learn anything about village life and not a lot about the distinct batak architecture. But a bit of googling can sort this. It is definitely worth a visit and I would say the main tourist attraction on samosir island.
Written January 17, 2018
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J Wong
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
Family
Getting a guide at the entrance is essential to fully experience the attraction. Well worth the 100k Rp
Written January 15, 2018
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Jöran BVR
Gembloux, Belgium35 contributions
Couples
Nice houses, old stones, quiet small but worth a detour, you give a small donation when you go in. You can enter one of the batak houses, and browse around.

We didn't take the guide since we thought it was too expensive (asked 70 000 IDR non negociable), but it can be worth it when you're a group.
Written November 6, 2017
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