Ambarita Village

Ambarita is a village that hosts some Batak ancestral heritage objects that have existed since the megalithic times. It is in Simanindo District, Samosir. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

Ambarita is one of the most prominent cultural sites on Lake Toba. A row of distinctive Batak houses with 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 the entrance to the area. There is also a giant statue (called Pangulubalang) near the pier supposedly trusted as a guardian and exorcist.

Here are some of the things that make Ambarita Village special:

  • Traditional Batak houses: Ambarita Village is home to a number of traditional Batak houses, which are known for their unique architecture and intricate carvings. Here, visitors can also learn about Batak culture.
  • Rich culture and traditions: Ambarita Village is a living museum of Batak culture and traditions. Visitors can watch traditional Batak dances and performances, learn about Batak customs and traditions, and even participate in traditional Batak ceremonies.

What to Enjoy

Visit the following sites while you are in Ambarita:

No. Attraction Description
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

Here are some tips when visiting Ambarita Village in Samosir Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia:

  • Ambarita Village is located about 1 hour from Pangururan, the main town on Samosir Island. You can get there by car or motorbike.
  • There is a small parking area at the village entrance.
  • The entrance fee is Rp 10,000 (US$0.70) per person.
  • Be respectful of the local culture. Ambarita Village is a traditional village, so it is important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You will be doing some walking, so it is important to be comfortable.
  • Bring a camera. You will want to capture the stunning views of Lake Toba and the traditional Batak houses.

If you go through Parapat, it takes approximately 5 to 6 hours from Medan to Tomok. After arriving at Tomok, continue the journey to Ambarita with a travel time of approximately 15 minutes.

Next point of interest:

Batak Museum at Tomok

See other attractions in Samosir.