Tour guide and culture advocate Carlos Celdran offers a tour like no other with his Walk This Way Tour where he brings tourists along for a walk while explaining in detail the essential things that they ought to know in Intramuros. The tour takes as long as 3 hours. Some may raise their eyebrows at the seeming information overload but Carlos Celdran’s prosody and storytelling ability allows tourists to absorb and appreciate 400 years of history for almost 3 hours without a problem or any hint of boredom. He presents history in an animated way and you can’t help but feel wrapped up in it. The tour ends with […]
See Manila’s oldest district, the known “walled city” of Intramuros, as you go on an exciting tour through Bambike Ecotours. As a well-known tourist attraction in Manila, many people flock to Intramuros, the historical city where one can learn of the beauty and story of the Spanish conquest in the Hispanic period. With the emergence of ecotourism activity in the place, more guests are now keen in seeing more of this great place which tells more of the country’s history. As part of promoting ecotourism, Bambike was born. Bambike is a “socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bikes. These bikes are made by Gawad Kalinga, a community development organization […]
Museum poster outside Walk around the museum and follow the light and sound. As the name suggests, the museum uses full visual and sound effects, and exhibits of life-size wax dolls, showing the major historical events in the Philippines – from the pre-colonial times to the life and death of Dr. Jose Rizal. Introduction of the Philippine heroes Life-size dioramas of indigenous people The show costs around P1000, so better come here with a bunch of friends. This museum is 1,800 square meter huge, making it the largest within Intramuros. Rate is P150/person (minimum of 10 persons).
One of the shops located at the 400-year-old chamber inside The Fort Santiago is The Manila Collectible Co. Opened in 2013, this souvenir shop offers a wide range of unique items which are from indigenous groups, Filipino artists and local brands. The shop also promotes Philippine history as the staff can give a quick tour of the store, explaining the history of the various items for sale. *Fort Santiago. Inside is a wide range of retail items from different local brands that promote 100% Philippine-made products. Some items available here are replicas of Philippine artifacts.
If you walk down southeast of General Luna Street from San Agustin Church, you will find a 3-storey souvenir shop which is the largest in Intramuros. The Silahis Center offers a wide variety of Philippine-made products– from largefurniture and decors to small accessories and other personal items. The shop aims not only to promote Filipino lifestyle and culture through indigenousitems but also the Filipino craftsmanship as most products are handmade.
The Fort Santiago is one of the oldest forts and historic sites in Manila. It was heavily fortified and used as a defence fortress during the Spanish Colonial period. Originally built in 1571, a year after Manila became the capital of the Philippines, Fort Santiago was only a structure of palm logs and earth until it was destroyed during an attack by Chinese Pirates. The fort was then rebuilt and was made of thick and high stonewalls. A moat was also used to stop invaders from accessing the fort. This lasted until the Battle of Manila in 1945. Entrance fee for adults is Php 75 and P40 for students and […]
A bastion that was built by the Spanish army in order to fight back against its enemies. The stone path creates historical ambiance as you enter the historic garden entrance. The beautiful garden is located at the very south end of Intramuros. However, it was destroyed by the invasion of the British army in 1762. Although the bastion has been restored, the ruins of the fortress that was built during the period of Spanish rule still remain. The garden is now a landscape of beautiful flowers and greenery, and you can have a view of the skyscrapers of Manila from the fortress on the hill. It can be a perfect spot to relax as well. […]
Explore 400 years of history in Intramuros and take refuge after a long day in The Bayleaf Hotel nestled within Intramuros itself. The boutique hotel offers tranquil experience for its guests with 5-star quality beddings, room amenities and spacious bedroom. A night will cost guests a minimum of PHP4000 that can go up to PHP20000 depending on the room preference. Guests are entitled to a breakfast buffet plus a complimentary WiFi enabling guests to stay connected to the happenings outside the Walled City. Never go hungry with the three dining options offered inside the hotel. Guests can opt for an All Dining experience at 9 Spoons serving heritage dishes. Those […]
Explore the 400 years of history in Intramuros with electric chariots offered exclusively by White Knight Tours. Those who want to explore Intramuros in the least time possible can opt for the 30 minute budget tour that will cost Php500 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. But those looking to experience the rich history of Intramuros fully may opt for the Grand Intramuros Tour that will span for an hour and will cost Php1000 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. There are 9 sights in store in the tour such as the famous San Agustin Church, Clam Shell, and the Muralla Wall. Book your […]
A Chinese museum with a touch of Filipino heritage, Bahay Tsinoy shows the relation of Chinese and Filipino during the early times from their first visit up to World War II. Life-size diorama worth seeing Their collections consist of Ching Ban Lee Porcelain Gallery (Chinese ceramics found in the Philippines), Ang Siu Cham Collection of 19th Century prints and photographs (rare prints and photographs showing the Chinese living the Filipino way), and other interesting artifacts. Famous Filipino personalities with Chinese heritage Century-old photos of China town Address: KAISA-ANGELO KING HERITAGE CENTER, 32 Anda cor. Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila Telephone: 02-526-6796/02-482-0512 Business: Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Holiday: Monday Admission: […]
The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago was built in honor of the Philippine’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Fort Santiago in Intramuros used to be a Spanish military fortress that imprisoned many Filipinos and Americans during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. The most famous prisoner was Rizal. The museum was built in 1953 and was modernized in 2013. In the Rizal Shrine, memorabilia such as Rizal’s books, medical instruments, coat, hat, even business cards and many more are displayed. Left: the trial of Rizal, Right: Rizal’s calling cards in Hong Kong Left: Rizal’s coat, hat and other belongings, Right: Rizal’s fencing uniform, sword and a photograph of […]
This museum is adjacent to the San Agustin Church, known as the Philippine’s oldest church. The entrance to the museum is on the right side of the church It is a treasury of religious art pieces. The church was built in 1571 but was destroyed by a fire twice. The current building was reconstructed in 1587. Large paintings and statues line the 1st floor hallways In 1973, the monastery was converted into the museum. The hallways are lined with large paintings of saints, approximately 2 meters in height, and the rooms, which used to be the sleeping quarters of the friars, have various statues and other art pieces on display. […]
A museum made to look like a typical upper class house during the turn of the 19th century. It was built in the Plaza San Luis Complex in the 1980’s, and the façade is made to look like a house that was built in the 1850’s in San Nicolas. The 2-storey house is divided into rooms such as the sala, despacho, comedor, cuartos, cocina, baño etc. Each of the rooms are decorated with turn of the 19th century furniture, tableware, and books, all donated from various sources. Guests are not allowed to touch the displays, and can only walk on the red carpet. Photography is also prohibited. However, guests can […]