Oct 28, 2020
Despite being one of the most modernized cities in the country, Manila is one of the best destinations for tourists to travel back in time. There are many attractions around the city that display several centuries’ worth of Manila history, and many of them offer whole-day tours where you can find out everything you need to know about Manila and the Philippines Islands! If you’re a history buff, make sure you visit these locations so you can experience Manila’s colorful past!
The Walled City of Intramuros has several landmarks that make it a must-see for all history buffs. From the oldest stone church in the Philippines to a perfect replica of a home in the Spanish colonization period, going around Intramuros will make you feel like you’re in 16th century Manila! And you can experience Intramuros in many ways, whether it’s walking on its cobblestone streets or riding a traditional kalesa or horse drawn carriage around the city.
A few minutes away from Intramuros via foot is the famous Rizal Park, home to the century-old Rizal Monument commemorating the life of the country’s national hero. Aside from its namesake, you’ll also find many pieces of history scattered throughout the 58-hectare park. Museum goers will also enjoy the four national museums located within the park, while nature lovers will appreciate the various gardens depicting different cultures.
While Binondo is mostly known for being a foodie’s paradise, the oldest Chinatown in the world also has a rich history that would pique the interest of many tourists! Binondo Church contains centuries of Filipino-Chinese history, while Escolta Street will make you feel like you’re walking back in time. Located only a few blocks away from both Intramuros and Rizal Park, Binondo is a great way to cap your historically rich tour of Manila!