Ambarita is a village known for hosting some Batak ancestral heritage objects that have existed since the megalithic times, located in Simanindo District, Samosir. It’s about 3.8 kilometers (2.4 mi) from Tuktuk and 13 kilometers (8 mi) from Tomok, both in Samosir. To see it on the map, click here.
The village is one of the prominent cultural sites on Lake Toba. It has a row of distinctive Batak houses with a classic architecture that has survived for hundreds of years. There is a gate, and a giant statue near the pier supposedly trusted as a guardian and exorcist. The figure is called “Pangulubalang.” There is also a place called Huta Siallagan where you can find the 5 things to see in Ambarita:
|1||Tomb of Laga Siallagan||Tomb of the first king of Ambarita|
|2||Restored Toba Batak houses||A row of traditional houses in original architecture|
|3||Stone Chairs of King Siallagan||Meeting chairs used by King Siallagan who behead and cannibalize criminals|
|4||Stone execution table of King Siallagan||Table where executors behead the criminals under the Siallagan rule|
|5||Grave of Siallagan||On the hill above are the graves of the tribal elders as well as a monument to King Siallagan|
What to Expect
Entrance fee is Rp 5,000 ($0.50) per person. You can also pay for a tour guide service that will help you dive the history of Ambarita. The price is negotiable. Remember not to touch the historical items because they can be damaged.