Burden of Maui
Admire the handiwork of the ancients when you see Tonga's Burden of Maui (Ha'amonga 'a Maui). Often referred to as the "Pacific Stonehenge", the stone trilithon is made out of coral limestone slabs and dates back to the 13th century. One can pass through the portal and walk the short distance towards the 'esi maka faakinanga - stone to lean against - which served as the throne for an ancient Tongan King. Although the stone structure is most likely a gateway to the royal compound, many compare it to its counterpart in England, and believe that it has some sort of astronomical significance. Whatever one may believe, the Burden of Maui is one of the few must-see attractions on the small island of Tongatapu. Take the requisite picture beneath the main lintel – or climb on top as some rebellious PlanetHoppers! have been known to do.
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- Location: Tongatapu, Tonga