Visiting The Batak Museum Balige

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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.

Attraction

In The Batak Museum Balige, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Pleasantly situated on the south shores of the incredible Lake Toba, the TB Silalahi Center, which includes the Batak Museum is a complex dedicated to the preservation of the cultural values of the indigenous ethnic population of North Sumatra: the Bataks.

The complex is located at Jl.Pagar Batu No.88 Silalahi Village, by the town of Balige, about 250 Km from Medan, capital of North Sumatera Province.

At the heart of the complex stands majestically the Museum Batak with its modern design, highlighted with a composite aluminum exterior, conveying a futuristic feel to the traditional Gorga motives.

Officially opened to the public since 18 January 2011, the Museum is built on the concept that the ethnic  Batak have known high cultural values since ancient times.

This is proven by the fact that the Batak possess their own distinct writing and spoken language, they have  traditional democratic principals of Dalihan Natolu, and the use of passed down clan or family names.

All these values are known as deep culture that will always remain relevant and will dynamically adjust to changes. Besides this, the museum also acts as a unifying symbol of the different Batak clans, namely: the Batak Toba, Batak Simalungun, Batak Mandailing, Batak Angkola, Batak Pakpak/Dairi, and the Batak Karo.

The Museum is divided into three storeys with an open space ground floor, whch is an exhibition area for various authentic traditional Batak stone sculptures. Ascending to the 2nd floor, visitors are presented with a magnificent view on the courtyard and Lake Toba.

There, a 7 meters bronze statue of Si Raja Batak or King of Batak stands gallantly as personification of Batak traditional values. The statue is a special icon of the Museum portraying the physical characters of the Batak people.

The 2nd and 3rd floor are the main exhibiting areas of the museum. This is where all the valuable collections are displayed, with one special highlight on the ‘Ulos’, the age-old traditional Batak woven cloths.

The oldest ‘Ulos’ exhibited here is believed to be 500 years old. Ancient Batak’s scriptures, traditional weapons, various jewelry, farming equipment, and other collections are also exhibited here in excellent presentations.

The oldest scripture that the museum has dates back to the year 1800.

Museum Batak is considered as one of the most modern museums in Indonesia.  The interpretation labels on each display come in both Bahasa Indonesia and English with brief but clear explanations of the collection.

Within the vicinity of the TB Silalahi Center  are also other interesting attractions such as: the personal museum of TB. Silalahi, the Huta Batak, which is an outdoor museum built like a traditional Batak village consisting of three rumahs (houses) and three sopos (storage structures) depicting typical Batak homes,  actual scaled replicas of the Rumah Bolon and the Rumah Batak, a convention hall, and a swimming pool. The complex is  also completed with visitors facilities such as restaurants, cafeterias, and an art shop.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.

Activity

Visiting The Batak Museum Balige, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.

Accessibility

The journey to The Batak Museum Balige is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Located about 250 Km from Medan, the TB Silalahi Center lies in the small town of Balige,  about 5-6 hours drive from Medan,  capital of North Sumatera Province. Renting a car will be the best way to reach this place.

Alternatively you can try public transportation known as KBT which stands for Koperasi Bintang Tapanuli or Tapanuli Star Cooperation, for about IDR 50,000.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.

Amenity

In The Batak Museum Balige, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.

Accommodation

Finding place to stay in The Batak Museum Balige is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited The Batak Museum Balige, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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