Hopong Village

hopong village

Hopong Village is a former Hindu settlement at Dolok Sanggul, North Tapanuli, 3 hours from the nearest airport. We cannot point it on the map, but the closest is here.

What’s Special

It has historical sites in the form of buildings and statues typical of Hinduism. They feature distinctive carvings of Hindus. There are also ancient objects such as equipment thought to be hundreds of years old. They are evidence that Hinduism had influenced life in the region.

Also, there is a cave where more ancient objects are thought to exist. But the cave requires crawling through its hole before anyone can reach the storeroom inside. People who have tried to get in usually back off after a few minutes as they find out that the hole is dark and inhabited by bats. They fear that snakes may live there, too.

What to Enjoy

Tour the site. No one yet knows the origin of the statues and who carved them. However, residents believe that the relic was made hundreds of years ago. In addition to the unidentified ancient statues, around the area was also found a cave. They call it Gua Hopong. The cave is said to have a long and deep passage. That said, there is an attachment between the statues and the cave. Don’t try to get into the cave.

What to Expect

Roads to the location are paved but in some parts may be hard to ride. Entrance is free, but a donation is welcome.

What Visitors Say

“It is mentioned that inside the cave there is a narrow passage of 8-9 meters long. At the end of the hall there is a large hall. It is said that… in the large space there are still historical relics.” Bocahrimba (Source)

“Judging from the potential of the area, Hopong village is a hidden pearl. The area is large and still virgin, has the potential to be developed into a plantation area. The Hopong area is a fertile area surrounded by Bukit Barisan. Since then until now, the area has been a producer of incense, coffee and rubber in Tapanuli.” media86 (Source)

Next point of interest:

Natumandi Cave

See other attractions in North Tapanuli.