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Royal Tombs, Nuku'alofa

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Visit Royal Tombs to discover evidence of a long-standing Tongan belief that the higher a tomb isoff the ground, the closer the deceased will be to heaven. As a result of this conviction, many of Tonga's elite built their tombs astowers. The Tongans developed different burial practices depending on class, with one layer for commoners, two for nobles, and three for royalty. At this attraction, you'll get a glimpse of the grandeur with which Tonga's royal family is laid to rest. Do keep in mind, however, that the ground surrounding the tombs remains sacred, and visitors must stand at a respectful distance. Visit with a guide to get the full background and history. Plan to visit Royal Tombs during your Nuku'alofa vacation using our convenient Nuku'alofa trip itinerary builder.
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  • We walked through the area and saw the tombs of the kings and their families. There was nothing to read and no family photos. We pretty much had to read about them after we left.  more »
  • First point to say is that the land is sacred (tapu). This means most people are not allowed anywhere near the tombs so the best view is at the gates at the end of Kings' road. The queen mother had pa...  more »
  • Standing in the middle of a football field-sized square, the late kings of Tonga face North, the ocean and their destinies. You can only see them from the sidelines, the quality of the sculptures is p...  more »
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  • Pretty cool seeing how the Tongans honour their dead. So colourful and respectful.
  • I like how they built the statue
  • One of the must sees in Nuku'alofa.