Places you have to visit in Samosir Island
King Sidabutar Tomb
The Batak king who embrassed Christianity, is buried in Tomok village, five kilometers southeast of Tuk Tuk. The king’s image is carved on his tombstone, along with those of his bodyguards 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 in the 19th century and an older Batak royal tomb, which souvenir vendors say is used as a multilingual fertility shrine for childless couples.
Sigale Gale or Si Gale-Gale is a wooden puppet used in a funeral dance performance of the Batak people of Samosir Island, Northern Sumatra. Carved from the wood of a banyan tree and dressed in the traditional costume, wearing a red turban, loose shirt and blue sarong, the Sigale-gale stands on long, wooden boxes where the operator makes it dance to percussion music accompanied by flutes and drums. There are many versions of the story behind Sigalegale. Some believe that the origin of the puppet was linked to a local legend that tells of a childless woman named Nai Manggale. The legend adds that as she lay dying on her deathbed, NaiMang gale asked her husband to have a life-sized image of her made and for it to be called Si Gale-Gale and to have a dirge played in front of the puppet. If this was not done, her spirit would not be admitted to the abode of the dead, which would in turn force her to place a curse on her surviving spouse. Hence, to avert the misfortune, the Sigale-gale was created.
Located in Hutabolon village, Parbaba beach looks exactly like a beach although it is adjacent to Lake Toba. It looks like a typical shore with white soft sand and waves after waves crashing ashore. The only difference is that it is not an ocean; it is a lake, Lake Toba. The background for the beach is the well-known Pusuk Buhit Mountain. The beautiful scenery makes it a popular place for both tourists and locals alike.