Aek Sipangolu is the name of a sacred waterfall at Bakara whose springs come from the rocks on the slopes of the mountains. It is in Simangulampe Village, Baktiraja Subdistrict, Humbahas, which is 7 hours from Medan or 1 hour from Silangit Airport. To see it on the map, click here.
The story behind the waterfall is incredible. According to the legend, the area used to be the resting place of King Sisingamangaraja I and his elephant. Once upon a time, they were thirsty, but the water was too far down the hill. The king begged the Almighty, then stroke his wand onto a stone. Then there was a miracle. The water came out of the stone and later became a waterfall. The water continues to fall until today. Aek Sipangolu is believed to cure various diseases. According to local beliefs, by praying before drinking, washing your face, bathing or performing a small ritual at Aek Sipangolu, illness will be lifted. The problem will decrease, and life will improve. Aek Sipangolu means ”life-giving water”.
What the Expect
There is a pool for bathing with the water that comes from Aek Sipangolu. You can swim but are expected to dress modestly (no bikini) since this is considered a ritual location. Entrance is free, but you are supposed to tip the guards on departure.