Ambarita is one of the most prominent cultural sites on Lake Toba. A row of distinctive Batak houses with a classic architecture has survived for hundreds of years there. But, the main area where most heritage objects exist is known as Huta Siallagan (Siallagan Complex). Siallagan was the last name of Batak kings in the ancient era. A gate marks entrance to the area. There is also a giant statue (called Pangulubalang) near the pier supposedly trusted as a guardian and exorcist.
What to Enjoy
Visit the following sites while you are 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 beheaded and cannibalized 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|
In addition to visiting these sites, enjoy the beauty of Ambarita village and shop around. There are souvenir shops that sell handicrafts, such as t-shirts, key chains, etc.
What to Expect
Entrance fee is Rp 5,000 ($0.50) per person. You can also pay for a tour guide service to dive into the history of Ambarita. The price is negotiable. Remember not to touch the historical items because they can be fragile. The facilities such as toilets, parking lots and souvenir shops are adequate.
What Visitors Say
“Love so much. Adorable vibes and ancient place to visit.” Rangga Yudhika (Source)
“This place already beautiful, Clean, and superb!! Souvenir market is also great, make a local people can make money..” Kemal Sabnani (Source)
“Better n more compact than other objects in Tomok. But need more development of treatment to tourist so they can have a memorable experience after visit” Bob Moningka (Source)
“Anyway, it’s really sweet to stay here. Very peaceful n relaxing.” shafahanimpackers (Source)
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