Hanging Stone (Batu Gantung) is a natural wonder that comes with a popular legend at Parapat, Simalungun. It is a large rock that resembles a human body that seems to hang on a cliff wall on the shores of Lake Toba. To see it on the map, click here.
This rock will make you stunned because it is indeed hanging on the cliff. About 2 meters (6.5 ft) tall, this stone looks as if it is escaping from the edge of the cliff and falling.
According to the legend, a long time ago in a small village on the shores of Lake Toba lived a husband and wife with a daughter, Seruni. She was sad because her father asked her to marry her cousin while she loved another young man in the village. With her chaotic mind, Seruni fell as she stood near the lake when she was with her pet dog, Toki. In her struggle for survival, she was able to grab the cliff but unable to climb back up. Toki ran home to tell the parents about the situation and tried to find help. Upon returning to the cliff with Seruni’s parents, the dog tried to rescue her further, but unfortunately, he also fell to the cliff. Seruni, whose heart was still overwhelmed by sorrow, thought she would rather stay on the cliff than returning home to marry her cousin. She exclaimed “Parapat, parapat, parapat” to the rocks nearby. Parapat means “get closer.” The rocks began to stick to their bodies and finally formed the hanging stones. Note that it is not just a human-like stone at the site, but also a dog-like stone next to it. The residents took “Parapat” as the town’s name.
What to Expect
You need to hire a boat to see the hanging stone. Visitors throw out coins into the lake to empathize with Seruni. Bring some coins.