Tomok is a small village on the east coast of Samosir Island, Lake Toba. It is located right on the edge of the connecting dock to Ajibata, Parapat. It is the traditional village well-known as the gateway to Samosir. To see it on the map, click here.
The number of tombs and objects of ancient megalithic and ancient relics makes this location one of the most important cultural destinations on Lake Toba. For example, you can find here the sarcophagus big stone chieftain of Sidabutar, cut from a single block of stone. The face is carved with the lion face-mythical creature, partly bull, partly elephant. In the saddle-shaped lid is a small statue of a woman carrying the bowl believed to represent the dead chief’s wife.
There are 4 things to see in Tomok:
|1||Tomb of King Sidabutar||Grave complex of Tomok kings|
|2||Batak Museum at Tomok||A restored former residence of king and museum|
|3||Batak traditional houses||Beautifully painted traditional houses, with their backs facing the lake and granaries in front yards.|
|4||Sigale-gale Dance||Puppet dance show near Tomok market|
Together with all the souvenir stalls densely populated near the dock, the cultural sites are the main attraction of Tomok.
What to Expect
If you want to buy the souvenirs, ask for a half price first and expect to end up paying like 60%-70% of the initial quotes. Always negotiate even though there are price tags.
You will probably be asked to drink some coffee at a few houses you will find there. Give them little tips if you accept the offer.