Watu Pinawetengan is an interesting megalithic stone because of its
unique form and scripts. It is located in Tompaso sub-district, at the
foot of Mount Soputan, Minahasa, or some 60 kilometers from Manado.
According to Minahasa history and archaeological research, this stone
is the place where the ancestors first divided up the land among nine
sub-ethnics in Minahasa. This stone is four meters long and two meters
tall. It looks like a bending person but some said it looks like
Minahasa island. This natural stone has hand-made scripts. These
scripts show human, human genitals, and lines without any clear meaning.
megalithic stone is located in Pinabetengan village, Minahasa district,
which is accessible by private cars and public transportations. You can
take a bus from Karombasan bus station. If you use a rented car, you
can take Tomohon way toward the south i.e., to Kawangkoan.
Kawangkoan, you can take a motor taxi to take you to the location,
which is located about 2 kilometers away. This tourist object has a
narrow access with sharp turnings. Therefore, you should be careful
when driving your car.
visiting this tourist site, you will see mountains and large rice
fields with cows and horses in green savannas on the left and right
sides of the street.
When entering this Watu Pinawetengan, which
means 'The Stone of discussion about the division', you must take off
your footwear, because it is believed that this place still has its
magical religious side. Therefore, many local people and tourists visit
this site to pray to God. Even some foreigners often come here to
perform certain rituals such as asking for recovery, and protection and
perform rituals to thank God for what they have.
meters from this stone, you can walk down the stairs behind the stone
and find a spring. Water from this spring is potable.
addition to a historical site, this stone is also used as a facility to
pray to God by local people and tourists. You can enjoy the scenery of
Minahasa from this location because it is situated at the side of Mount
Soputan. Wooden bench is available to enjoy the scenery from this
mountain side. In addition, you can also learn about the history of
Minahasa sub-enthics related with this stone from the keeper of Watu
Pinawetengan who lives near the stone.
you like to enjoy cool weather in the mountain side, you may stay
overnight in people's home in the side of Mount Soputan. But if you
like to stay in a small hotel, you may stay in an inn in Kawangkoan or
Tomohon, which is 30 minutes drive.
tourist object has no restaurant selling food or drink. Therefore, it
is best for you to bring along your own food and buy food from
Kawangkoan such as crispy Kawangkoan peanuts and other culinaries such
as “ragey“, which is fried pork or „paniki“, which is fried bat with
shop selling souvenirs in this place because it is located in a
mountain side. Visitors usually come for praying at night or daytime.
bring along enough food if you like to stay longer to enjoy fresh
mountain air while listening to explanations given by the keeper. It is
best to ask people around because directions to this site are not very