Manila : Top Attractions of Manila
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The capital of the Philippines, Manila is a very busy city loaded with all things modern with a gust of the ancient the over-crowded buses are one of the most important means of transport within the city and you should give it at least one try! The city is a curious mix of modern malls and ancient 16th-century structures. Manila Bay is a remarkable place often frequented by typhoons and any time throughout the year other than the monsoons between May to November is suitable to chill here! So, if you are planning a trip to Manila read about the most impressive places that you have to go to!
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park is one of the top attractions to go to in Manila. It is a peaceful place with a well-manicured outdoor garden situated in the city center. You will come across many statues and monuments within the park which pay homage to Manila's rich history. The Monument of Rizal is one of the most notable among the many monuments you'll find here. The park is a great place to get well-acquainted with the local flora and fauna. The small lake with man-made archipelago-like structures within the park is also very unmissable as is the Narra tree, the national tree of the Philippines.
Quiapo Church is a catholic church and one of the oldest ones in Manila. It is also one of the most admired ancient constructions in Manila. The Filipino people flock here every day and the place could get quite congested depending upon the time of the day. On Fridays, the church sees the biggest crowd when thousands of people gather together in the square giving you an excellent opportunity to witness the cultural traditions of the Filipino people. The insides of the church are intricately built and you should take your time while browsing. Once done, take to the market outside to buy mangoes, peanuts, or traditional necklaces.
Intramuros is the oldest part of Manila and you will pass by it as you are exploring the city- whether you know it or not. Intramuros has characteristic walled fortifications as it served as a walled city between the 1500s and 1800s during the Spanish colonial times. You could get into the fortifications and take a guided walk to learn about the significance of this walled city to the history of manila.
Manila Ocean Park
If you are looking for something unique to do while you are in Manila, you have to go to the Manila Ocean Park. It is one of the best things to do in Manila if you are especially visiting with your family. Various attractions within the park take you very close to the marine world such as "Sharks and Rays Encounter" and "Trails to Antarctica". The fish spa is an interesting part to visit where fish are used to clean your feet of dead cells in a pool of water. The park boasts of not only state-of-the-art aquatic facilities but also holds an enviable collection of birds and other animals.
St. Augustine Church & Museum
The St. Augustine Church in the Philippines is very much regarded as a national treasure since it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The detailing of the building tells the unique history of this Catholic church. Chinese as well as Spanish architectural features are easily observable in the design of this church. This is because the church has been rebuilt and renovated many times over the years after natural disasters or battles. If you are fond of learning about history and culture you should hire a guide who can describe intricate details about the church, some of which you may never notice without a guide.
The best place to get an understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of the Filipino people is the National Museum of the Philippines. There are four main complexes for you to browse through within the museum. It also houses an elaborate collection of items pertaining to various fields such as art, anthropology, archaeology, biology, zoology, and natural history.
Fort Santiago has been quite an important structure to Manila in the past and played a major role in defending the Intramuros. It dates back to the 16th century and has much to tell about the history of Manila and the Philippines. In fact, it is one of the most important structures in Manila. The grounds can be easily explored and you should take your time while doing so. If you look for it you will still find some of the bullet marks on the walls of the fort. There is a visitor center on the premises which you should visit if want to learn about the fort and the history of Manila in more detail.
Every city has a place where you can shop to your heart's content while getting the best deals in Manila, it is the Divisoria Market. The market is situated in the center of Manila's Chinatown. Brightly hued stalls selling all kinds of things will greet you as you enter the market. The vendors come to sell everything from fruits and vegetables to flip-flops and beads. It is also a great place if you want to mingle with the crowd and get a slice of the daily lives of the Filipino people. This is the best place to shop for souvenirs to take home with you. Just remember that this is like any other flea market and good bargaining skills are key to an amazing deal.
Manila is a busy city and thus very pedestrian-friendly. However, if you are tired after walking long hours and choose to visit different places in some vehicle, there could be nothing better than going for Bambike Ecotours. Bambikes are ambitious hand-made bikes by the locals, made from bamboo. You can select different kinds of tour packages depending upon your interests ranging between history, art, and city life. By opting for an ecotour you will also contribute to supporting the sustainable efforts put up by local businesses to help boost the environment.
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