Sunday 7 April 2013

Medan Travel Part 11: Visiting Tomok Village

We cruised to Tomok Village in this boat which is owned by Toledo Inn. I'm sure Tomok Village can also be a accessed by road if you are staying in other parts of the island.
We were greeted by this monument right at the jetty.
There are a couple of food and drink stalls. Over here the trend seemed to be 'choose your brand of beverage' and we'll get it done for you.
There are many shops here and it's a good place to get authentic Batak souvenirs.
You can bargain all you want and the Bataks won't get angry with you.
This Batak woman was seen making traditional Batak calendars behind the shops.
Wasn't keen in shopping. Since I had all the time in the world (as I had to wait for the others) why not pose a bit? lol
The highlights of this place are the ancient tombs of the Batak Kings. The most spectacular tomb is the one with a lady figurine on the rear, depicting a tragic love between a king and his lover who never got to be the queen.
German Missionaries brought Christianity to the Batakland and the 3rd and consecutive kings became Christians as evidenced by the tombs.
These carvings remind me of the ones made by the Maoris of  New Zealand.
These houses are no longer inhabited. They remain as show units for tourists visiting the place.

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