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Address: Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

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Still in use

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
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East Amherst, New York
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East Amherst, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 interesting to learn through the locals that the stone money is actually still used today... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a must for anyone who visits the Micronesia area

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 is being determined. An excellent photo spot but do not forget to use a lot... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 stone money still has a value today and has helped maintain the tight knit community... More 

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 indicates who are the owners previously and how it ends up here at the Stone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Coupeville, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 Yap!? Yes, go find out for yourselves.

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Living in the area i know the history of the stone money. It would be a good idea to talk to the locals to find out the history and story behind the stone money.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

Interesting to see a unique and significant piece of the island's culture. They money is still being used today. As a woman be sure to cover your thighs in order to respect their culture. Also, carry something in your hand, such as a branch to show you are a friendly visitor. The "tombstones" near the banks and community houses are... More 

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