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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  • This area is Tapu so you actually cant very close to the tombs. You can see them from the perimeter but would recommend going to visit with a good camera with a good zoom so you can have a half way de...  more »
  • Worth a look but all the gates were shut so we couldn’t get very close which was disappointing. Close to town centre  more »
  • This is a good place to visit, there are not many places in the work that have standing. We went early and some ladies were already setting up stalls to sell local produce, we had been warned they can be a bit pushy
  • you could only see from the boundary fence but it was still interesting
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