THE TOWN OF PARAPAT
The town of Parapat, located on the bank of Lake Toba some 176 kms to the south from the city of Medan. The popularity of Parapat has been started since 1949 when Dutch colony built a house for exile of President Soekarno who was political prisoner of Indonesian struggle for independence in a resort house built in 1820. The beauty of the natural view in the area as combination of mountains, lake Toba and Samosir island which height is almost 1300 m above sea level is a real magic for every one. During Dutch colonization and active building of various plantation estates in North Sumatra this place had become a mountain resort among them, building roads, houses and mining of natural resources by mobilizing local people, and brought the labors from Java, China, and India. For plantation especially employed Javanese and Indian, while for mining are Chinese. That is why today we can see many ethnics in Medan as the capital city of North Sumatra.
Administratively, Parapat town is located on the area of Kabupaten Simalungun, or belong to the area of Batak people of Simalungun, although the resident of Parapat consist of almot 90% are from the combination of Batak ethnic of Toba, Karo, Simalungun and Fakfak. The rest are new comers in the wake of tourism business such as Minangkabau, Javanese, Sundanese who brought with them Islam belief, and the Chinese.
The development of plantation estates has created high connection between places on North Sumatra, open the isolations, and brought the area into introduction of other Indonesian ethnic groups even from other people of outside Indonesia. The construction of roads and houses for the sake of Dutch estate projects left the colonial heritages of old architectures in the area of Parapat which is great value for the history of Simalungun and Indonesia in general. The government must aware of this value, beside it will attract travelers that can trigger small to medium economy development. For Dutch travelers, visiting ancient heritages of their ancestors on colonies will be the most priority, so Parapat will be one of the most considered destination.
Parapat is only across the ancient unique cultural heritage of Toba Batak that is on Samosir island. Unique cultures were the most interesting objects toward the end of world colonial era, due to the birth of anti-physical oppression in Europe. Experts found that through the birth of anthropology the way of subduing local colony entering new era which was actually most efficient way to keep the colony.
Parapat town offer great choices of accommodation from simple non star to 4 star deluxe hotel with beautiful views. Most of the hotels are located on the slope of Bukit Barisan mountain chain overlooking lake Toba and Samosir island. The development of travel facilities has been very fast, just like other areas of popular travel destination that attract not only local travelers but also from other countries.
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Sumatra island offers great choice of sightseeing such as orangutans, lake Toba, traditional Batak village, water fall, and various wild life farming and plantations. Lake Toba is the most beautiful scenery in Indonesia with Samosir island on it, creation of natural disaster 70.000 years ago Lake Toba Samosir