TB Silalahi Center Museum
Tourist Spot | Nov 19, 2019
The first batak museum in the whole world. It is located in Pagar Batu 88 Street, Balige, near Toba Lake The museum was built to motivate the youngsters to go after their dreams. It is a private museum of TB Silalahi and displays the General’s journey. The museum also a place to store Batak’s culture. Tourists may visit and learn the local culture while enjoying a vacation in Balige.
The museum features beautiful scenery of the Toba lake with a modern interior design museum. Visitors are able to enjoy both Batak culture and beautiful landscape in the museum. For families with kids, they can introduce local culture to their children.
TB Silalahi Center Museum has two main buildings. The first building stores TB Silalahi’s personal belongings. There is a statue, an old chopper, a tank, a stuffed tiger. TB Silalahi was a hard worker and he was a brave soldier. In a nutshell, visitors can learn past life of this great general.
The second building is the Batak Balige Museum. As the name implies, it stores traditional items of Batak Tribe. It features numerous traditional weapons of Batak Tribe. These include Bodil, Sior, Podang, Ultop, and much more. There is also the ancient advice or wise words. Only local people understand the language. Thus, you must come with a local guide. He will interpret them for you. Another attraction is the miniature of Huta Batak. It is the traditional house of Batak. The house features some components like Gale-Gale, hariara, a stone tomb, etc.
If you interested to the real Huta Batak, go to the nearby village. Such ancient building has been there for hundreds of years. The walls feature local carving, especially the house lizard. According to the locals, the house lizard represents Batak’s philosophy. It is because such creature is able to survive regardless of the location. Batak Tribe wants to apply such survivability skill in their daily life.
Source: Indonesia Tourism