The best-preserved of the Karo Batak villages near Berestagi
The best preserved of the Karo Batak villages around Berestagi is Lingga, where several of the Rumah Adats are in good condition, well maintained. The Karo villages suffered heavily in 1904, when the Dutch colonial power decided to extend their rule to the interior of Sumatra. In order to avoid the Rumah Adats falling in the hands of the Dutch, many were destroyed, by the Karo themselves, and only a few villages in this area were spared.
Visitors are expected to make a donation to the village, all well organised, and apparently indeed being used for the upkeep of the houses. A selection of photos.