What to see in Manila, Philippines

Manila is the capital city of Philippines. The country is a gem found in South East Asia. Travelers from all over the world love to visit this place because of the hospitality of the people, the exotic dishes, the inviting culture and also its attractions.

Manila City
Manila City

 Intramuros

As you are in Manila, you can spend your afternoon to explore the Old Spanish City named Intramuros. This is the popular Intramuros in Manila. This was built during the 16th century by the Spaniards who occupied the city for centuries and it was destroyed during the 2nd World War. This historic city is where the Americans overthrew the Japanese occupation. Manila City is rich with state buildings, courts, hospitals and churches as well. The cobbled streets remain untouched until today. The government is trying its best to maintain this historic spot. You can walk your way from the restored walls and see the Jones Bridge. Do not miss the chance to see Manila’s Cathedral along with the small plazas around the area.

Intramuros Manila
Intramuros Manila
Manila Cathedral Intramuros
Manila Cathedral Intramuros

Manila Bay Area

One of the popular destinations in Manila is Manila Bay. This one is owned by the Singapore Ocean World that is found in the Sentosa Island. Right now, there are shopping malls and then hotels to tour in the Ocean Park itself. The place opens from 10 in the morning and closes around 9 o’clock in the evening. It is close on Sundays but you can still walk around Manila’s bay area. Also, the entrance fee for this place is 400 pesos. It is approximately US$10. Children have a lower entrance fee.

Manila Bay in the morning
Manila Bay in the morning

Luneta Park

Considered as the Philippines’ Kilometer Zero, you should definetely visit the Luneta Park. This is also known as the Rizal Park. The site has turning points of the Philippine history. This is where the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was executed and his statue served as a reminder of heroic actions he has done for the country’s independence. It was also the date of declaration of the Philippine independence from the American colonization. This is the most pictured park in the city. There are also fountains, chess plaza, horse-drawn vehicles, playground, entertaining music, grassy lawns and concert halls around and in the area.

Luneta Park
Luneta Park

 

Binondo Chinatown

If you love food shopping, Binondo Chinatown will be a great choice for you. There are different things you can do such as touring the place for adventure or filling your tummy. Either way, you can do that here in Binondo Chinatown. There are fine dining restaurants and hotels to stay in. There are also Chinese cuisines which are cooked in this place. The sweet meats and pastries taste really good. If you love food hopping, the Binondo area is a good choice to travel to.

China town Downtown - Manila, Philippines
China town Downtown – Manila, Philippines

By Ina K

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