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“North Sulawesi's Premier Cultural Site”

Waruga Burial Complexes
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Airmadidi
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Chengdu, China
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“North Sulawesi's Premier Cultural Site”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

North Sulawesi is a beautiful part of the world, but it mostly attracts people interested in Pulau Bunaken, famed for its diving. However, it has a rich natural heritage on land, too, and is a very scenic part of the country. There is also something on offer for history buffs, in the form of 'warugas', a kind of megalithic stone tomb unique to this part of the archipelago.

You can find random examples of these tombs all around the hills behind Manado, but the very best of them are found in the area of the village of Airmadidi. These tombs of aristocratic warriors and chiefs were elaborately carved with unusual motifs and designs and are a small window on Indonesian religion and culture in the era before Islam and Christianity changed everything. You will probably need to hire some kind of motorbike or van to find the two main sites, both of which repay careful attention.

Visited August 2011
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