Duration: approximately 2 hours


Waruga are unique above-ground burial sites found in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, particularly in the Minahasa region. These stone sarcophagi have a rich history dating back over several centuries.

The tradition of using Waruga as burial sites is believed to have begun around the 8th century AD during the time of the Minahasa kingdoms. The word “Waruga” itself is said to come from the local Minahasan language, meaning “a place to lay down”.

Waruga were primarily used by the aristocracy and nobility to bury their deceased. The structures are typically rectangular stone blocks with a hollowed-out area where the deceased would be placed. They are adorned with intricate carvings and designs, showcasing the craftsmanship of the era.

The exact reasons for the use of Waruga are not entirely clear, but they are thought to reflect beliefs in ancestor worship and the afterlife. Some theories suggest that the elevated nature of the Waruga was meant to keep the deceased closer to the realm of the living, while others propose that it was a way to protect the remains from flooding or scavengers.

Over time, the tradition of using Waruga declined, especially with the spread of Christianity in the region. However, they remain an important cultural and historical symbol for the Minahasan people, and efforts have been made to preserve and protect these ancient burial sites. Today, Waruga serve as a reminder of North Sulawesi’s rich cultural heritage and continue to attract visitors interested in the region’s history and traditions.

Safari Tours Price

 Price starting from:
USD 30/Person (minimum 2 persons)  – Single USD 50
Add-on only to a Tangkoko Nature Reserve Tour

Valid until Dec 31 2024

Note- ** child policy: 4-10 Years old 50% OFF

Includes : Private transportation, entrance fees and English speaking guide.

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