Well, I have to be honest, my friend Bama did all the homeworks about where to go and what to visit in our trip to North Sumatera. And then, here comes our
first second destination; The Tomb of King Sidabutar. (The first destination would be anywhere where we could have our breakfast!)
After we looked for any signs which can show us where to eat, we finally decided to stop at a small “warung” near the market and asked if we could have breakfast there. The woman who has the strong jaw line – an easy spot-on facial feature of Batak people, said she could provide us with some breakfast and there we had our breakfast. The funny incident happened when she offered “teh hangat” (or something resembled that) or “warm tea”. A minute passed and she brought each of us a glass of warm water. We both thought that she probably gave us the water first and then the tea. However, we were wrong – obviously wrong. Because until the very end of our conversation with that woman, she never brought us the “warm tea” she offered. And I said to Bama, “Probably “tea” is the potable water in their daily language.” Then, what should one say to get a cup of tea? That is a mystery until now.
She nicely gave us the direction to The Tomb of King Sidabutar and it is very easy to find. That place was very quiet that day with only the one old guy whom I assumed is the guardian of that graveyard. He told us to put the ulos – traditional woven scarf – over our shoulder in order to respect the culture and the deceased. The ulos is provided for free at the entrance of the tomb. The tomb area is not exactly like what I thought. It is just a small compound, no more than 100 square-meter in my rough calculation. But make sure you explore the area because there are stairs leading us to the back of the main compound where more statues and one totem pole are located. All in all, the tomb of King Sidabutar is one of many places that you need to see, to completely experience the Batak culture. At least, that’s what I thought.
Well, our next destination was going to be quite a ride. But then, it was worth it.
Until my next post!