Around 40 Km from Manado city, there is a park that keeps one of megalithic heritages from the past. It is Waruga Sawangan, a park that place the stone sarcophagus that being used by the Minahasan people to place their dead in a squatting position.
Based on local belief, these graves are made of carved stone that are shaped like a house, a tradition kept since 1600AD. The graves vary, depending on the profession or social status of the person that been buried.
There are 144 “dotu” or clans gathered together at the Waruga Park in Sawangan, whose original locations were previously spread out throughout several villages in the Minahasa district, but these have now been gathered in the waruga compound at Sawangan and nearby Airmadidi.
Since this heritage which originates from the megalithic era is notable, there are several important figures of state have come to see them, among others are Queen Jualiana and Prince Bernard, as well as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and many more.
During your visit to this park, there are no food or drink sellers available. Therefore, it is best to bring along your own food and drink when visiting this site. All food should be consumed outside the cemetery.
This Waruga site is located some 40 kilometers from Manado, capital city North Sulawesi. To reach this location, you can take a private car or taxi from Manado, which will take less than one hour.
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