Visiting Waruga Sawangan, The Above Ground Tomb Park

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Waruga Sawangan

Waruga Sawangan

Waruga Sawangan

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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Waruga Sawangan, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Sawangan is a village that is located in Airmadidi, North Minahasa Regency province of North Sulawesi Indonesia. Sawangan is known for the waruga archaeological park sarcophagi found in the area.

Waruga are stone sarcophagi used by the Minahasa tribes to place their dead in a squatting position. The Waruga park is located in the village of Sawangan, and at the Airmadidi sub-district, some 40 kilometers from Manado.

Based on local belief, these graves are made of carved stone that are shaped like a house, a tradition kept since 1600 AD. The graves vary, depending on the profession or social status of the person 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, several heads of state  have come to view them, among others Queen Jualiana and Prince Bernard, as well as Queen Beatrix  of the Netherlands and many more.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Waruga Sawangan, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

At the entrance to the Waruga Sawangan Park, you can see reliefs at the right and left walls. These reliefs show the process of how in ancient times the Waruga was made.

At the Waruga Museum located right beside the entrance to the site you will find artifacts found in the graves.  The Museum  has shelves displaying gold, silver and copper bracelets, necklaces, ear rings plates and pots.

These ancient artifacts are unique for their form and carvings in stone. The Waruga sarcophagi are not dug into the ground but stand above ground at one meter wide and one to two meters tall.

These sarcophagi contain bodies in a squatting position and are covered by stone roofs that resemble house roofs.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Waruga Sawangan is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

Access to go to Sawangan:

This Waruga site is located some 40 kilometers from Manado, capital city of the province of North Sulawesi. To reach this location, you can take a private car or taxi from Manado, which will take less than one hour.

Since the park is in fact a cemetery, you can  walk around to explore every corner of this tourist site.  A cemetery for the local community is situated near the main entrance.

The gate is always locked by the Waruga guard who lives near the location. It is best to visit this site between  08.00 am to 06.00 pm.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Waruga Sawangan, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Waruga Sawangan is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Waruga Sawangan, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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