Pilgrims from all over Indonesia visit the grave regularly to honor Sisingamangaraja XII as the national hero from Batak land. He was not only a king but also a leader whose fighting spirit had inspired the nation. His resistance against the Dutch occupation of Indonesia was exceptional. For example, he continued to fight even when the Dutch had captured his wife, his small children, and later his mother. He fought to death until 1907.
The king’s resting place was previously at the Sisingamangaraja Palace along with the graves of his 11 predecessors. After the country’s independence in 1945, the government moved his grave to Balige to make it more accessible. Balige is also the place where the fight started.
What to Expect
The tomb is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. There is no entrance fee. The place is often used to hold traditional ceremonies, traditional parties, and other events. Try to be there when there are events as it helps you understand the culture. Note that you are not allowed to eat or drink inside the tomb complex.