Popular Manila Attractions

There are a lot of popular Manila attractions that you can visit and explore. Among the top attractions are:

Manila Bay

Manila Bay at Sunset.
If you think that you won’t enjoy going around Metro Manila when sunset comes, think again! This is actually one of the best things that you should look forward to when you are in Manila. Seeing the sun set appears an everyday event but not here in Manila! It is quite a marvel seeing the sun set in Manila Bay. This is a good place where you want to reflect or just have that spiritual feeling.

Rizal Park

Rizal monument located in Rizal park in Manila commemorating Filipino nationalist José Rizal.
This is the heart of Manila. If you want to know more about the history of the Philippines, this is a good place to start. Originally, this place was called Bagumbayan where the Filipino’s national hero, Jose Rizal was sentenced to death. The monument was built to give honor to him. There are two guards guarding the monument both to honor Rizal and to prevent vandalism.

The area has a vast green space good for family picnics. As you walk around the park, you will see a botanical garden and an area where the map of the Philippines is displayed. The best part of the park is that it is easily accessible. It is near to Luneta grandstand where Ocean Park Adventure is located. It is also near the National Museum of the Philippines and Intramuros. You can easily go to Mall of Asia in 30 minutes by taxi.

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

 

The Manila Cathedral is a must see if you are interested in the religious history of the Philippines. The Philippines is known as the most Christian Country of Asia. In general, the Filipino people are really devoted to their religion and belief. The cathedral was destroyed by earthquakes and typhoons and it was rebuilt in 1950’s. Three of its side chapels have mosaic artworks that you will truly appreciate. The Philippines was under the Spanish colony for 100 years and that is the reason why the church and chapels in the country has a Spanish-like architecture.

Liwasang Bonifacio

Liwasang Bonifacio.

 

This is a park dedicated to another hero of the Philippines, the leader of the Philippine Revolution, Andres Bonifacio. Unlike Jose Rizal who showed the revolution through his writing, Andres Bonifacio fought using force. It has a huge central fountain that was inaugurated on December 1994. The site is also famous for mass political rallies.

If you are looking for a seaside experience in Manila, you don’t have to worry since it is located in the nearest port. There is a ship restaurant close to Luneta. The ship is no longer used for transportation but has been transformed into a restaurant. Moreover, if you want to cruise in Manila shore, you can rent a yacht and enjoy a 30 to 45 minute ride while dining.

China Town

Festival in Chinatown, Manila, Philippines.

 

If you want to be in China immediately you can always visit China Town. This is located in Binondo, Manila. It really has the ambiance of China, from the buildings and architectures to the many restaurants. You can experience the Chinese cuisine at a very cheap price. You can also pay a visit to the Kuang Kong temple to light incense and experience this ancient Chinese tradition. If you are weary from walking all day, you can ride a Calesa.

There are a lot of destinations in Metro Manila that you can choose from!

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