3 Things to See at Sisingamangaraja Palace

Sisingamangaraja Palace is a preserved former residence of Batak kings in the Lumban Raja village, Baktiraja District, Humbahas. It is in Bakkara Valley. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

1. The palace. The palace is the symbol of the modern Batak Kingdom that lasted for 400 years (~1500 to 1907). It features four traditional Bolon houses, each carved in detail and decorated with beautiful ornaments, in the area of about 1 hectare (2.5 acres). The buildings are not the real ones but rebuilt and preserved to resemble their original designs.

2. The graves of 11 kings. Its yard has the graves of 11 kings (instead of 12), as their final successor King Sisingamangaraja XII has been named a national hero and his grave moved from here to Balige (see Tomb of King Sisingamangaraja.) Interestingly, according to the residents, the tomb of King Sisingamangaraja X only has his head since the rest of his body was left at the place where he lost the war to King Rao. There are some versions of the sThtory about King Rao. According to one of them, he was King Sisingamangaraja’s nephew who revenged because the king dispelled his parent for same-clan marriage.

3. The stone for foretelling. Then just outside the compound, there is a stone that is fenced around with iron. It is called “Batu Siungkap-ungkapon.” The ancestors used the 80-centimeter (3 ft) diameter rock as the site to predict important matters, especially in agriculture.

What to Expect

Entrance is free, but you are supposed to tip the guards.

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