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. Put Royal Tombs into our Nuku'alofa road trip site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Nuku'alofa.
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  • in a big field across the road from the free church of Tonga, it was all fenced so you couldn't get very close to them  more »
  • Unfortunately we couldn't get into the tomb area as it was all locked up. Locals advised it's not open to the public very often any more. As a tourist attraction there is nothing really to see that ca...  more »
  • As the central field is considered so tapu it is well fenced off and so difficult to see up close, but you can just recognise statues of past rulers.  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.

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