Lake Toba was formed by the eruption not the golden fish

HORAS!! ( what locals say when greeting in Medan)

My family and I went to Medan last week. It was four day trip and it’s the first time we went there. We took morning flight and arrived at Kualanamu Airport around 8.30 a.m.

7.54 a.m view

We had lunch and rest for a while. Then we continued our journey to Prapat and it took about 4 hours to go there. It is two-way path and has sharp turns in this mountain area . From the top, we could see beautiful scenery of Lake Toba. Lake Toba is a very famous lake in Indonesia that was formed by the eruption of Mount Sinabung. This is a folktale about this lake, It’s about a farmer fell in love with golden fish that transformed into beautiful woman. He made a promise not to tell their son about this woman’s secret but he failed to keep that promised. This golden fish woman became angry and lots of water came out from the paddy fields and became Lake Toba. Until I was told about the history of Lake Toba, I still believed on that folktale and I felt a little bit stupid to believe that. I have a good imagination till now, so when people say it impossible, I will say ” Sure it can, why not?”


So, let me tell you about how this lake was formed. It was about 75.000 years ago, when the Toba supervolcano  was surrounded by land. Toba volcano erupted violently and made land around volcano catapulted. The height of the eruption reached 50 km and make the temperature decreased 3 up to 5 degree celcius. Some sources said that the eruption damaged continents in the world. After the eruption, there was no weather, day and night was just same. The horrible fact is that this eruption killed more than half of the earth populations. It was a nightmare and I can’t imagine lots of people died in this lake. By the way, I wonder how many population in this earth when it was 75.000 years ago? Do you have any idea ?

Beside the horrible fact about this lake, there is the unique fact. The eruption formed a large lake but there is an island remained in the middle of this lake, Samosir Island. The Samosir Island survived in the middle of the land that catapulted and formed a lake. The fact is that water in this lake is collected from 75.000 years ago. Wow can you imagine that?!

I must say that this lake was absolutely beautiful. Especially when you look from the top, wow it was breathtaking and you must see it yourself. Locals said that many foreign tourists decided to live here after they saw how beautiful it is. And they said that President Jokowi (President of Indonesia) said that this was the largest and the most beautiful lake in Indonesia. I fell in love at the first sight with this lake. Local government cultivated various fishes in the other side of the lake.

Morning view of Lake Toba (view from boat)


Lake Toba view from Piso Piso Hill
Waterfall from Piso Piso Hill

If you don’t have any plan for your next holiday, visiting Lake Toba can be a choice. You won’t be disappointed. If you want to look for the best scenery, you can go to Piso Piso Hill you can see Lake Toba and waterfall on the other side from the top. You can also enjoy the view from close by taking boat to Samosir Island. Talking about Samosir Island, my next article will tell about the unique kings’ tomb in Samosir Island, The heritage culture, Sigale-gale, etc. I’m going to write super fast and publish the article soon.


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