Guru Stone is a semi-floating rock located about 70 meters (230 ft) offshore Lake Toba in Pangaloan Village, Samosir. It has a diameter of about 50 meters (164 ft), a height of about 5 meters (16 ft), and a depth of about 3 meters (10 ft). It is about 1 hour from Tomok. To see it on the map, click here.
Guru Stone doesn’t touch on the lake bottom. Rather, it stands on three smaller-sized supporting rocks. Guru means teacher or master, a person with wisdom. The three supporting stones are believed to be the symbol of Batak philosophy called Dalihan Na Tolu. It consists of three messages: Somba Mar Hula-hula (respect elders), Elek Marboru (be gentle to women), and Manat Mardongan Tubu (be careful with and respectful of clan brothers to avoid misunderstanding on customs matters). These are the 3 lessons to learn from Guru Stone.
According to the folktale, once upon a time, two big stones clashed in a power struggle. The winner floated and stood, and the loser plunged into Lake Toba.
What to Enjoy
Guru Stone has a good beach to enjoy. Take your friends or family to sit together in a tent. You can also walk along the beach to enjoy the view. The area is usually empty. Even on weekends or long holiday seasons it will still be quiet. For those who don’t like crowded places, this might be your favorite because you and your fellow tourists can freely enjoy your time at the legendary site.
What to Expect
Entrance to Guru Stone and the beach is absolutely free. Unless you want to see the object closer, it seems necessary to use a canoe or boat. Fishermen in the vicinity rent out their boats to visitors
Things to do there are swimming, fishing, and sightseeing. You will enjoy more if you have a guide explaining the story. On weekends, many students are coming for the tour of Guru Stone.
What Visitors Say
“A historical site. But the street is very narrow. You need a boat to reach the Batuguru site” Putri Andam (Source)
“The view of Lake Toba looks more beautiful when you look at this guru’s stone & is easy to reach” Lishartanti Pintubatu (Source)
“It’s very impressive for me personally when I’m on the rock” Pak Gintink (Source)
“A stone that has a history and is very sacred on Lake Toba. Exactly located in Nainggolan-Samosir District.” Naga Ratus Channel (Source)
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