Tags : Historical Site
Timings : 24 Hours
Time Required : 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee : Free
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Waruga Sawangan is a cemetery known for being an old megalithic heritage site, located just 40 kilometers outside the main city of Manado. The word Waruga refers to stone sarcophagi which was used by the people of Minahasa back in ancient times as a burial method, wherein the body of the deceased was put within the Waruga in a squatting position, resembling the position of a fetus in a mother’s womb. The box and the top cover, which has the shape of a roof so that the Waruga resembles a house, are both made from whole hard stone.
Waruga Sawangan is also known to be home to 144 dotu or clans which were previously scattered all over the villages in the Minahasa district but are now gathered together in the same compound. Visitors are also advised to carry their own snacks or meals as the location is quite remote and does not have many food stalls available around, provided that these items are consumed outside the park. The venue has also been visited by many notable personalities such as Queen Jualiana, Prince Bernard and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.