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Huta Siallagan – Samosir Island

The traditional dance of Samosir island (photo: netralnews)

The Batu Pasidangan and Samosir traditional house (photo: @Yusantaavi)

Toba Lake – Samosir Island

The historical Toba Lake has never deprived of cultural amusement. It has an iconic ancient village that exudes a unique culture of the Batak ethnic group. Visiting this place, you will feel the sensation of traveling back in time. Tourists can visit ancient Batak traditional settlements with their two-meter high stone walls, as well as watch the ritual ceremonies of the local people. You could also overlook the breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world.

Cultural Tourism Destination

Toba Lake – Samosir Island

Tourist Attractions in North Sumatra

North Sumatra

Batik Motifs

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

 

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Motifs

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Manguni Minahasa

Manguni is identified as the symbol of the Minahasa people. Manguni is known as a

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Sekar Jati

Sekar means flower and Jati refers to teak trees that symbolizes a strong mental character that

Daun Sirih

This motif illustrates betel leaves that are used by Lombok communities as traditional

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Wirasat

Wirasat or divine inspiration is a gift from God. This inspiration is symbolized by

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Taiganja

Taiganja is a precious gold pendant that shows the social status of the Kaili family. It is

Hiu Taliyasan

Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Hiu Taliyasan refers to

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Tongkonan

Toraja’s traditional house is called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a place for

Tengkawang Ampiek

With its many advantages, the Dayaks use this leaf in ritual ceremonies. This plant is a symbol of

Lok Baintan Floating Market

As you can imagine, the most authentic thing is that you can buy things and even

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Bale Lumbu

This motif signifies the welfare of the ancient Sasak society. Bale also symbolizes the

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Enggang Dayak

Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Gentala Arasy

Built as high as 80 meters, the tower also highlights the historical side of

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Bomba Mawar

This motif means sacred love for family, kingdom, and God; It also illustrates

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Buketan Bali

The Balinese bouquet (Buketan Bali) is a floral arrangement and the name is

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Pucuk Mekar

This motive reflects the joy and gratitude to God over the grace of

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of