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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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Desa Na Ualu

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

 

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Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Gentala Arasy

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

Rangkiang

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Taiganja

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

Samudra

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Merak Ngeram

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

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Bale Lumbu

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Sero Tangga

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Srimanganti

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

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Tabir Tanjung

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Tubo Kelapa

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

Kawung

The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1593 – 1645) as a symbolic gift for

Kaharingan

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

Sekomandi

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

Kalo Sara

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

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Mahkota Siger

Siger is the crown of a noblewoman in ancient time. It is a symbol of femininity, strength, and

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Ikan tambal

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Rumah Mamuju

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Parang Seling

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Rasamala

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

Merak Lasem

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

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Desa Na Tolu

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

La Galigo

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

Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Bekantan Pakis

This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic plant in

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Dayak Kamang

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Bultiya

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Tikar Natuna

The Tikar Natuna motif is adapted from the traditional making of pandanus mats in

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Tongkonan

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Ukir Sentani

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Manguni Minahasa

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Ake Patra

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Cengkeh

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Pattimura

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

Tidayu

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

Daun Simpor

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

Insang Ikan

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

Tanah Liek

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Peresean

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

Prada Papua

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Singayaksa

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Jumputan Bintang

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