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Places to visit in Manila, Philippines



Manila- is known as the "Pearl of the Orient" and second most populous city. The term Manila is commonly used to refer the greater metropolitan area. It is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, on the Island of Luzon. Manila extend across different cultural influences. Spanish, American, Chinese and Malay which clearly reflect turbulent history of the city. This historic place is full of things to see and do including shopping malls, parks, theaters, museums and restaurants.


Intramuros Manila

Intramuros Manila- known as the "Walled City" and home to Spanish-era landmarks like Fort Santiago. It is a place rich in history and culture. This is a landmark that is considered as iconic walled area within the modern city. It became the center of political, religious and military power when the Philippines was still under the Spanish rule. Intramuros is Manila's only district where tourists can see complete architectural remnants of Spanish-Era. The historic buildings and features remain as testament to the Philippines challenging past. If you want to go in a trip and enjoy the historical past of Intramuros, you may ride a kalesa (chariot) to go sightseeing in this well-preserved historical attraction.


Rizal Park

Rizal Park- also known as "Luneta Park". Before, the original name of it is "Bagumbayan". One of the largest urban parks in Asia and considered as one of the most historical places because this is where Philippines national hero Jose Rizal was executed on December 30, 1896. It was named after him as an honor and the monument enshrining his remains serve as the park's symbolic center point. The park has also become a favorite leisure spot in Manila.


National Museum

National Museum- The National Museum of the Philippines has several sections including Visual Arts, National History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnography, and Planetarium. All of these are within the same building and made up of permanent collections representing the various aspect of culture, art and history. The collection here includes contemporary and classical Filipino Paintings. Juan Luna's famous painting "The Spoliarium" is a must see.



Divisoria- A commercial center between Tondo and Binondo Manila, known for its cheap shops that sell affordable priced goods. Shopping is one of the most fun thing you can do in Manila because of the horde of malls that we have. You're going to need at least a full morning or full afternoon or longer if you can if you're really a shopaholic type of person. I suggest that you should go early in the morning for best buys. Sometimes, the store owners usually give cheap price for the first customer of the day.

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Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park- is the country's first world class marine theme park. The oceanarium contains various sea creatures and offers more than the usual dolphin shows and shark encounters. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta. This park is suitable for people of all ages, especially the kids and it offers exciting experiences such as enthusiastic sea lion and jellyfish exhibit that gives some great photo opportunities. It is also highly informative and instructional, especially for sightseeing activities.


Manila Bay

Manila Bay- is a natural harbor that serves the "Port of Manila" in the Philippines. One of the most memorable attractions to look out for is the pink sunset over Manila Bay. From its historical landmarks and busy shopping malls, it has a lot to offer for tourists who likes history and bargain. You can find calm spot along the bay walk where you can shot the best sunset. It's surrounded by a lot of tourists and locals that appreciates its beauty. Probably, one of the best ways to end your day and start your nighttime fun.


Binondo, Manila

Binondo, Manila- referred as city's Chinatown. Philippine capital's Chinatown is the oldest in the world. This is where all types of business run by Filipino-Chinese. It also offers a great food adventure and considered as one of the most popular food hubs. Exploring the lively streets of Binondo will take you on a cultural and historical adventure like no other. It is a must see for every tourists visiting Manila because there's a lot of things to do.

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Nekomander (author) from Philippines on July 15, 2021:

Thank you for appreciating :))

Liz Westwood from UK on July 15, 2021:

This is a well-illustrated and interesting article about Manila. I have appreciated the introduction to this area.

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