Hobon Stone is a cultural and earth heritage site for Batak and Lake Toba. Located near the former residence of Si Raja Batak at Sianjur Mula Mula, Samosir, the stone is a geological object spewed out by the volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago. To see it on the map, click here.
Hobon Stone is a sacred place as well as a treasure box (“hobon” means box). There are Pagar (an ancient potion to repel diseases), Piso Solom Debata (a sacred sword), Tintin Sipajadi-jadi (a magical ring), musical instruments, other relics, and books of teachings of ancestors about the philosophy of Batak inside the stone. The stone box is the work of King Uti, a son of Si Raja Batak (the name of the first Batak king). He crafted it and put it where it is today to preserve the heritage for generations to come. According to the legend, he is still alive and will return to reunite Bataks someday.
Local people believe that no one but him can open the storage. Efforts to destroy the rock and uncover the treasures have failed at least three times. Here is the story of the 3 attempts against Hobon Stone based on the legend.
|~ 1800||A Dutch officer from Pangururan, Samosir||He came with dynamite, other equipment, and some personnel. As they prepared the tools to blow up the stone, suddenly came a heavy torrential rain, accompanied by winds and thunder. The lightning stroke him to faint. He died afterward.|
|~ 1958||A local soldier||The soldier tried to unlock the stone by firing on the rock. But the stone remained intact although he had run out his bullet supplies. In fact, the soldier went insane and scared. He walked around and shot randomly with his empty gun. He also died not long after that.|
|Recently||East Sumatran||The man wanted to take the treasures in Hobon Stone. Then he came along with some people and equipment. They had opened the top cover, but suddenly they saw a giant snake on the rock, so they ran off and blew their efforts. The leader died shortly after that.|
What to Expect
Entrance is free. You will see people pray or put up offerings for the ancestors on the stone. You need to approach it to see the rock. It is inside a building now with a fence around it to prevent the heritage object from being damaged.