Dokan is a village in Merek District, Karo. It features the preserved culture and life of Karo people (a sub-tribe of Batak) in the past. It is about 3 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
Dokan village represents an old look of Karo. It is one of three villages depicting the history and ancient civilization of Karo. The other two are Lingga and Peceran villages. They feature traditional houses called Siwaluh Jabu, a unique home where eight families live together.
Dokan has eight units of Siwaluh Jabu, of which seven are in use. Of the 300 families living in Dokan, 56 families or 20% of the population occupy those seven houses.
A long cloth curtain marks the boundary of one family with another at night. The parents and children sleep together.
What to Expect
Dokan is a beautiful village. Vegetation is lush, and mountains are grassy. The road to the village is generally in good condition.