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Stone Money

Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
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Why Yap is so Special

If you come to Yap, you will see stone money almost everywhere. I was surprised by just how much... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Mathyew
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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World Class Cultural Experience

We were on Yap for the 49th Yap Days at the beginning of March 2017. We spend 4 days with the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
RickMIusa
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

If you come to Yap, you will see stone money almost everywhere. I was surprised by just how much there is. Even though that's true, I would still recommend a tour outside Kolonia to see the stone money banks in the villages. Oceania Hotel arranged...More

Thank Mathyew
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We were on Yap for the 49th Yap Days at the beginning of March 2017. We spend 4 days with the Yapese people and thoroughly enjoyed every day. The friendly people were a delight and we felt that we were part of their celebrations. We...More

Thank RickMIusa
Reviewed 15 January 2017

An interesting tour took us through a couple banks. We were surprised to learn that this can still be used for transactions even today.

Thank pjhurley366
Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you visit Yap, you'd be hard pressed not to see stone money at least somewhere on the island. To truly appreciate it, you need to know the history and purpose. I've posted a photo of a picture with the story. I found it most...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Although we were on a snorkeling trip and spent five days in Yap we spent a day and a half doing cultural touring around the island we visited two of the stone money banks and found this extremely interesting and got great photos this is...More

Thank mariposa67
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This is a must see on Yap island. It is very interesting to learn about the fact that the stone money is still being used in major transactions such as paying for a piece of land or a house, and how the value of each...More

Thank ryu0803
Reviewed 13 June 2016

It's amazing how these have survived time and still remain part of the modern culture of the island. It is all part of the rich history of the island of yap and it distinguishes it from most of the other islands in the vicinity. The...More

Thank jhelfgott
Reviewed 30 May 2016

This is the only place on earth that still used ancient currency in this World of High Tech. Since then, the Yapese already have a banking system in place where the ownership of the stone money are tranferred verbally through chants where in the chants...More

Thank baldis328
Reviewed 29 February 2016

It still has me baffled to this day how they managed to get these in and out of canoes and paddle hundreds of miles with them in canoes. Very impressed

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 21 February 2016

The stone money is so much a part of Yap's heritage that the bank is a "must see!" Our fabulous guide, Tamog, explained everything in great detail so we got answers to how in the heck did the sailors transport giant stones from Palau to...More

Thank Margery M
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Karen, here are more of Yap. Fauna & Flora. The island of Yap is a true botanical treasure trove of tropical flowers that bloom throughout the year as the bright red hibiscus, Spider Lily or sweet smelling plumerias. But... More
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