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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Ancient King Sidabutar's Tomb - Samosir

Tomok and Lake Toba are  famous locations at North Sumatera and they are both in Samosir Island. This King Sidabutar's Tomb is a very famous tourist attraction and many tourists visiting this place each day.
Lizard and breast carvings can be seen on most of the buildings' planks. I think lizard represents the high adaptability towards life just like the Batak people's ability to live everywhere in any condition. As the breast's carving, I have forgotten what it represents.
Another beautiful and meaningful carving.
These are the tombs made from the carving stone and they have a history of hundreds of years.

This man was our guide and he told us about King Sidabutar and how he upheld the natural sacred values of three principles (Dalihan Natolu) as a general cultural philosophy of the Batak people.
There is a garden just around the corner where the tombs are. Many carvings of little people sitting down can be found there.

It is not that hard to get to the tomb - a stone's away from Tomok Jetty. We past by souvenir shops which are on both sides of the main road before it led us to the entrance of the tomb.

Things are reasonably cheap at the stalls but you need to bargain and try to reduce about 75% of the original price given.

We were provided a sash to wear free of charge as a mark of respect, but were required to return it after the visit.

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