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Makam Raja Sidabutar

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Makam Raja Sidabutar at Tomok, a short motorcycle ride south of Tuk-Tuk, is more simply known as the king’s grave, though according to legend, multiple kings are in fact buried here.

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The first king, Dalihan Natolu, established a particular form of behaviour for the people. More recently, the first king to accept the word of Christianity was buried in the same compound.

There are two ways to enter the site, either by walking from the main road in Tomok up the hill past the hundreds of souvenir stalls, or by riding a motorbike or bicycle up the same narrow laneway, making sure you don’t run anyone over and then parking at the top. Once you arrive at the gravesite, you’ll be required to wear an ulos, a traditional Batak fabric, as a mark of respect to the kings. Entry is by donation only and there may not even be a person handing out the ulos when you arrive – just help yourself and leave your donation in the nearby box.

Unless you’ve got a burning interest in Batak history, this attraction may be a bit of a let down and could be skipped if you are pushed for time. Otherwise, it’s worth a quick visit.

It’s possible to walk to Makam Raja Sidabutar from Tuk-Tuk in about an hour. If you’re looking for public transport, you’ll have to walk out to the main island loop road and wait for a minibus. But if you’ve already walked all the way to the main road, you may as well just keep walking all the way to the grave as it’s only a further 30 minutes away.


Makam Raja Sidabutar
Admission: By donation

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